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Dale Nelson

July 18, 2013

- Relay For Life
Hello, my name is Dale Nelson.

I live in Slayton. My wife is Linda. We have two kids, Dareth 26, and Dylan 16, and a grandchild Alyse six.

I have to thank them for being with me, supporting me, and helping me throughout my Cancer journey.

I work as a carpenter and a part time Police Officer for the City of Slayton, and part time Deputy for the Murray County Sheriff's Department.

My story starts out on July 24, 2010, when I had a heart screen through MCMC. The screen showed some things and they recommended I see a Cardiologist.

I made an appointment to see Dr. Petrasko for a consult on September 2, 2010. He did a stress test that day and everything turned out fine. It had been awhile since I had a complete physical, so my next step was an appointment with my primary provider, Dan Woldt on September 21, 2010.

Dan did the usual lab tests and the exam. During the exam, Dan felt a bump on my prostate about the size of a pea.

My PSA was a little elevated and he recommended having it rechecked in a few months.

In the meantime I had a colonoscopy done which checked out fine.

My second PSA had gone up so Dan referred me to Dr. Rosinsky, Urologist. I went to see him on December 13, 2010. We scheduled a biopsy for December 20, 2010.

We had to wait until after Christmas to get the results. On December 27, 2010 we got a call from Dr. Rosinsky's office that the biopsy was positive for Cancer. Dr. Rosinsky ordered a Bone Scan for December 28, 2010.

On January 6, 2011, we met with Dr. Rosinsky to go over the scan, and the options. The scan did not show any other cancer. The options he gave were to wait and see if the PSA goes up, radiation therapy, or surgery. I just wanted the Cancer OUT!!! We decided on the open surgery with a Lymph Node dissection. We scheduled the surgery for Wednesday, February 2, 2011.

I was given a Lupron injection which controls the growth of the cancer in the Prostate.

We took off for Sioux Falls on Monday, January 31, 2011 because the weather forecast was a two to three day blizzard and there was no way we were going to miss the surgery. On Wednesday, February 2, 2011 we registered at Sanford Hospital and I was prepped for surgery. I was put on a gurney and off to surgery I went. I remember getting wheeled through some hallways, and into a big room, I looked up at a nurse and the next thing I remember I was in Recovery. I didn't feel much pain, just sleepy. About an hour later I was brought to my room and hooked up to a bunch of machines. By this time it hurt to move, everything pulled on my stomach muscles. By 4:30 I couldn't lie in bed any longer so Linda and the nurse helped me up out of bed and went for a short walk. I got up about every two hours to go for a walk. That evening the doctor came in to check on me and said the surgery went well and the Lymph Nodes were clear, NO Cancer. Linda slept in the chair next to my bed.

The next day they brought me some coffee, pop and jello. Linda and I continued to go for a walk every two to three hours and it kept getting easier. That afternoon the nurse took my bandage off. The incision was seven inches long with 16 staples and a drainage tube.

On Friday, February 4, 2011 they were going to discharge me. The nurse had to remove the drain tube, give us the instructions on catheter care, prescriptions, follow up appointments, weight restrictions of not lifting anything more than 10 pounds, sign discharge paper and we were out of there. The trip home was a little much. I was tired and sore. I laid down on the couch and took a nap. When Linda woke me up for supper I couldn't get up. She had to help be up.

The next couple of days Linda had to help me out of bed, help me with the catheter care, help me get my Ted Hose on and help me get dressed. The fourth day home I was finally able to roll out of bed on my own.

Eight days post op I was able to dress myself in bib overalls. The side effects (Hot Flashes) from the Lupron shot were starting. I was getting 10-12 hot flashes a day. That is NOT fun.

On my return appointment, February 17, 2011, I had the staples removed and the catheter removed. Thatís NOT fun either.

March 22, 2011 I had a PSA test and follow up appointment. Dr. Rosinsky asked how I was doing and told me my PSA came back with no signs of Cancer. If my PSA rises I will have to have Radiation Treatments.

He gave me permission to go back to work. Dr. Rosinsky said I would have to have a PSA and an appointment every three months for the first year and if everything is good, then the second year I would go every six months. After the second year, as long as everything is going good, I may have labs and a doctor's appointment every year.

As of today I am Cancer Free.

Again I would like to thank my family for helping me through my Cancer journey.

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