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Lessons from my book: Chapter 2 – Out of the Projects.

  In the second chapter of my book Get Back Up I talk about my first few months in our new town of Tampa, Florida. How we got there is a story of persistence; my father’s tenacity, not mine. I frankly learned very few things from my father other than how to block and duck a punch, and though those were very important lessons, a much better one was not accepting rejection or taking No for an answer. As I mention in my book, my father was disabled. To this day I don’t know exactly what happened to him, but [...]

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

Lessons from my book: Chapter 1 – Tasker Street Projects.

If you’ve been following my blog, you know that I’ve been writing about my battle with prostate cancer. If you haven’t seen the articles you can find them here: http://georgeasantino.com/book/blog/ . The last article detailed my decision to go with active surveillance rather than surgery. This requires me to have follow-up PSA tests and another biopsy in a few months. While I plan to continue to write about this new challenge, there really isn’t much to talk about until I have the surgery or at least the next biopsy. So, I was sitting here pondering topics to write about in [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Prostate Cancer and Alternative Treatments.

Since writing my series of articles about my prostate cancer, which you can find on my website at http://georgeasantino.com/book/blog/ I have received several emails and comments of encouragement. I have also received a few emails telling me of other treatment options besides the three I’ve talked about. Some of these are a little out of the mainstream such as injecting the prostate with cannabis oil, which they are apparently doing in Canada and Australia, and injecting herbs in the prostate, which is being done in a clinic in China. Others are very viable options like High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU) [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Prostate Cancer: Decision Time

Hopefully you had the chance to read my previous articles about how I handle the news of hearing I have prostate cancer. If you haven’t here is a link to them on my website. http://georgeasantino.com/book/blog/ This is the fourth article in a series of articles I am writing about how I deal with this challenge. The last doctor I was scheduled to see was a urologic oncologist at the University of Washington Department of Urology. If I were going to have surgery for my prostate cancer this was the guy who would do it. I’d heard he was one of the best in [...]

By | January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

Treating Prostate Cancer: The Choices

Hopefully you had the chance to read my first and second articles about how I handle the news of hearing I have prostate cancer. If you haven’t here is a link to them on my website. http://georgeasantino.com/book/blog/ This is the third article in a series of articles I am writing about how I deal with this challenge. When I learned I had prostate cancer I was told I had to make a choice about how I wanted to treat it. The urologist told me I had three options: One was active surveillance, two was radiation, and the third was surgery. Of the three [...]

By | January 4th, 2018|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , |

You Have Prostate Cancer. Now What?

Hopefully you had the chance to read my first article where I talk about the shock of hearing I had prostate cancer. If you haven’t here is a link to it on my website. http://georgeasantino.com/blog/2017/12/01/you-have-prostate-cancer/ This is the second article in a series of articles I plan to write about how I deal with this challenge. After I got over the shock of hearing I had cancer (though I must admit I’m still not quite over it), I realized I had to educate myself. My urologist told me I had three options, watchful waiting or active surveillance, radiation, or surgery. [...]

By | December 15th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

You Have Prostate Cancer. The punch in the stomach.

What? What did you say? The doctor asked if I had any questions and those were the only two I could come up with at that moment. For years I’ve been having an annual physical and for years I’ve been pretty much hearing the same things: Your sugar and cholesterol levels are a little high. At one point my cholesterol seemed stuck above 200, so my doctor put me on a statin that knocked it down to 165. It has remained at that level for years. My blood sugar was another story; it seemed to like to stay just below [...]

By | December 1st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

A Change to My Blog.

I’ve been looking back at my previous blogs and while I thought I was writing some entertaining things, I realized that I was mostly talking about me. While I’m sure some of my friends found it interesting to see what places I’ve visited since my retirement from Microsoft, they could get the same information from my Facebook page. I wrote my book Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft Suites because I thought there were lessons to be learned from the many setbacks I faced in my life and how I overcame them. I also frankly thought that people [...]

By | November 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Is it June Already?

Well here we are in June already. Another year is flying by but I’m glad to say I’ve gotten plenty done. The highlight, of course, is the release of my book Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft Suites on June 14th. It’s also been fun to see all the press and interviews I’ve been getting. You can see all of that on the In The News page on my website. Another big event was the rotator cuff surgery I had to have in March. If you’ve been following me for a while you know I’ve done a lot [...]

By | June 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Only so much time to stop and smell the flowers

We started April the same way we have for many years and that’s by visiting the local farms to see the wonderful tulips displayed for the annual Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. But as soon as we were done with that it was time to get back to work. It’s been a very busy month. Since finishing my book, Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft Suites, and sending it off to the publisher I’ve been spending my time writing by-line articles and doing interviews. Hopefully you’ve seen them on my Facebook page or on the “in the press” page on my [...]

By | April 12th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

The Book is Done (Finally)

When I retired from Microsoft I said I wanted to do a few things. One was travel, and since my retirement Suzie and I have been to 15 countries. I also said I wanted to release a CD. I released three, wrote seven songs, and got to perform live many times. And I said I wanted to write a book. Sadly that one took a lot longer than I thought it would. But after four years it is finally done and I want to thank Mary Jane Beaufrand for all her help. Get Back Up: From the Streets to Microsoft [...]

By | March 4th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

A Busy Year So Far

Well we’ve done a lot so far this year. After welcoming in the New Year with family and friends Suzie and I were off on another adventure. This time we took a cruise to the South Pacific. We went to Tahiti, Fiji, Bora Bora, New Caledonia and Australia. As if there weren’t enough when the first cruise ended in Australia we hopped on another cruise that went to New Zealand where we explored the Northern and Southern islands for two weeks. All in all we were gone for five weeks. The weather was fantastic and the scenery was some of [...]

By | June 22nd, 2015|Categories: Blog|