Health and Happiness

One year ago, I was diagnosed with early stage, low risk prostate cancer.

Following that diagnosis, I attended several prostate cancer group meetings.  It is common for men to not discuss their health issues and in those group sessions we were encouraged to talk about prostate cancer with our friends and family members in order to better prepare men for this health issue.  I have debated whether I wanted to address this topic in this blog and clearly I have decided to do so.  Simply, it is useful for me to have a sort of diary of my experience and I want to share what I’ve learned about the current practices used for diagnosing and treating prostate cancer.  Perhaps someone else can benefit from that. Continue reading

Tullahoma, TN

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We need/want to make a 3 week trip back to Los Angeles in order to take care of some health and dental checkups and to visit with family and friends.  This requires that we stash the motorhome somewhere while we make the trip.  The plan we developed was to park it at a storage lot near my sister’s house in Tullahoma, TN, spend a few days with her, my nieces and great nephews before flying out of Nashville.

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Woodville, AL

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We settled on Woodville, parking at Parnell Creek RV Park, since we couldn’t really find a suitable RV park close in to Huntsville.  Our primary objective was to visit the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville.  Woodville is about 20 miles southeast of Huntsville.

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Gadsden, AL

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The town of Gadsden is in northeast Alabama on the Coosa River at a point where it broadens out into Lake Gadsden.  We parked at the River Country Campground where our RV site was right on the lake.

Noccalula Falls Park

We were attracted to Gadsden for Noccalula Falls.  This 90-foot waterfall is on Black Creek, a tributary to the Coosa River, just north of downtown Gadsden.  The waterfall is named for an Indian maiden who is said to have jumped to her death here rather than be forced by her father to marry a man she did not love.  The Noccalula Falls Park includes a gorge trail, sightseeing train, a petting zoo and historical buildings.

Gadsden is the southern end of the Lookout Mountain Parkway, a scenic 93 mile drive across three states between Gadsden and Chattanooga, TN.  This provides a good reason for a return visit.

Next stop:  Woodville, AL