I will be there soon, Pensacola

In my post ’18 days and counting!‘, I wrote the following –

My final appointment with my urologist Dr. F. was last week at which time I received all my medical records for my next doctors.  Image2When we leave Dallas on August 2nd, we will make our may to Pensacola Florida the location of my next surgery.  My new primary care manager is selected and appointment scheduled for August 8th.  Because Gary is a military veteran and I am his spouse I have access to the healthcare system at the Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Once the primary care manager appointment is complete, a referral will be submitted then an appointment will be scheduled with the urologist at the Naval Air Station medical facility.  Once the urologist consultation takes place, we will proceed with the best course of action to take care of my bladder cancer.

In today’ post, I write the following –

In less than 2 weeks, Gary and I will be in Florida!

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When we depart on August 2nd, we will drive our first day to Monroe, Louisiana and stay overnight at an RV park.

Then next day we will drive to our next destination of Pensacola, Florida.

In Pensacola, we will park Max (the 5th wheel – our new home) at an RV park within the Naval Air Station Pensacola.  Because Gary is a military veteran; we benefit from discounts on the park rental and also have access to most facilities on the Naval Air Station such as commissary, gym, and other important services.

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Our home for the next several weeks or months is directly across the street from where the Blue Angles are headquartered.  My understanding is they practice on Tuesdays & Wednesdays for about 55 minutes each day.  I look forward to seeing them and hope to take some pictures or videos of their practice.

Our new temporary home will be located in walking distance from the beach of the Gulf of Mexico.

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The sand, sun & water should make for a great combination when it comes time for me to recover from my next surgery.

At this point, I have no date for the next surgery.  You know the one; where my bladder is removed.  At this point in time, I am assuming I will be having a radical cystectomy.

Cancer.org has the following –

Radical cystectomy: If the cancer is larger or is in more than one part of the bladder, a radical cystectomy will be needed. This operation removes the entire bladder and nearby lymph nodes. In men, the prostate and seminal vesicles are also removed.

My understanding is prior to this surgery; some people will go through several weeks of chemotherapy.   In a couple of weeks, I should know details of the procedure and all that it entails upon my appointment with my urologist.

62 thoughts on “I will be there soon, Pensacola

    • It will be Jodi, and Gary and I are very ready to move on there and start the next chapter. We are worn out here with the packing, downsizing and all that it entails. Not much longer now! 🙂

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  1. Praying for you Terry through this difficult time, through your travels and a speedy recovery. I’m so jealous of the fact that you’re going to be near the beach. Make sure you just enjoy the sand on your feet and the sun on your face. Little joys remind us to not give up or take anything for granted.

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    • Thank you Tikeetha for the prayers and support. I know that sand and sun will do wonders for me when I need it the most. I appreciate you stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful weekend. 🙂

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  2. Lots of sun, sea and sand should be great for your recovery and your mood too. . Its brilliant that you are able to get healthcare at the Naval Air Station through Gary. Seeing the Blue Angles practice will be great. We stay not far from an old airfield that houses the Scottish Museum of flight so often when they have events we see them flying overhead from our house.Hubby actually saw them today, but he wasn’t sure whether it was the RAF red arrows or the Swiss airforce or Norwegian historic airforce as Scotlands National Air show is on this weekend. Sorry i’m jabbering on as usual! Anyway, I’m really excited for you both and your new adventure. Try not to think too much about the operation ( although I know that’s easier said than done) and wait and see what your new consultant says. Enjoy your new home and trip and i’m looking forward to seeing lots of photos.

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  3. Love the Blue Angels too; we’ve seen their display twice at the Chicago Air and Water Show. Outstanding.
    Sending good wishes as you soon begin the next instalment of your travels.
    Recuperation at the beautiful sea shore will be so good for the soul.
    Take care.
    Hugs x

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    • Thank you Val, I have done some research, I don’t like surprises, especially when they are not good surprises. I will know lots more in a few more weeks. Thanks for the support – I appreciate the love and light coming my way. 🙂

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  4. Florida awaits you T-with open arms my friend. There is no place I’d rather be and no place like it. Been To Pensacola and Air Station you’ll be in good hands indeed! In fact there’s not too many places in my State Of Florida I haven’t been too. LOL Eastern Atlantic Coast is home though. I’ll be waving as you cross that State Line! xx Hugs

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  5. It sounds like a wonderful place to recuperate, although of course I wish you would only go on holiday there… But the sea and the beach will take good care of you, I´m sure. They always do as much to the body as the soul! Have a happy weekend, my friend! xxx

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  6. Dear Terry ,
    Su Leslie said it perfectly 🙂 (Thank you Su 😉 )
    The sun and the sea and the sand , beautiful planes cavorting above your head , plans for the future dancing in your head , a good reliable medical team to take good care of you and family nearby seems like a good plan to me 🙂 .
    Turtle Hugs

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  7. Two weeks ! Time will fly by and soon you will be there literally ! I must say, the sun, water and sand sound like the perfect place to be for recovery. I know you must be feeling a bit anxious with all that is going on, but soon there is going to be some relief and the adventures begin 🙂 Have a wonderful day. 🙂

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  8. The location sounds perfect and you are being given stoic in face of your health challenge, I think that is the best approach. I respect your attitude of being prepared while praying for the best. Hang in there amigo

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    • Thank you David, I appreciate your support and prayers. I agree, the location will be perfect, we are looking forward to being there very soon. Have a great weekend. 🙂

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  9. Deep breaths my friend…it will soon be over, and no sense in surmising what they will need to do…its all a big guess at this point, until you see the MD, so don’t make yourself nuts thinking about it…I know, I know, easier said than done!!! ..just know they will take good care of you….how wonderful to be able to utilize the base as your new home for awhile and nothing like the ocean to help with your recovery…. and I know Gary will be right there beside you making sure you have everything you want to make you as comfortable as ever…..what a beautiful part of Florida to call home for a while..xxxxxxxxxxxxkat

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    • Yes, it will be nice to be next to the ocean and feeling the sand, sun, water and breeze. The change will be good, even before the surgery takes place – Gary and I are so very ready to go! Thanks kat, glad you are enjoying the family – be safe in your travels! 🙂

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    • Thank you Paula, I do research, so there are no surprises. But I will wait until the time to find out what all will be involved with this next surgery. One day at a time, right? Happy Sunday! 🙂

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  10. Hello Terry, I didn’t respond to this post because I have not been feeling well and wanted to get the tone right. You have quite a journey ahead of you, medically and geographically. I can see from your videos that you are really very fit for someone who has cancer, and slim. You have an excellent attitude to life and that all those qualities will help you so much with whatever treatments they give you. I know this is not what you (or anyone else) would ever want but I hope that the surgery and chemotherapy will stop the spread of the cancer. This will allow you to be pain free and live many more happy years with Gary. Hugs Kerry xxx

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    • Thank you Kerry, I appreciate your kind words and honestly I don’t always have an excellent attitude to life, but I do try. I am not feeling well today and have many mixed emotions today. Thank you for your support, and always being here to read my posts, you are special! 🙂

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      • I can tell from your recent videos that you are struggling with what comes next. I feel much the same about my mysterious fatigue (and persistent depression) – going for tests at the medical center this week. The thing that bothers me the most is that I have no control over this situation apart from making sensible decisions (take meds, eat healthily, sleep). Fear of the unknown stalks us all. I am sending a virtual hug and then going for a nap… 🙂

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