Robert Hensley is a retired Navy SEAL and a Metro Tech aviation maintenance instructor.
“Because I’m in aviation I’m always trying to prevent something from breaking,” Hensley said.
About a year ago, he was having some urinary problems when his wife, who works professionally with cancer patients, encouraged him to get tested for prostate cancer. She told him about the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test.
The test measures the blood level of PSA, a protein produced by the prostate gland, according to the National Cancer Institute. The higher a man’s PSA level, the more likely it is that he has prostate cancer. However, there are additional reasons for having an elevated PSA level, and some men who have prostate cancer do not have elevated PSA.
“I didn’t know about it,” said Hensley, who was age 52 at the time he was tested.
In August, Hensley learned he might have prostate cancer. Thirty days later, a biopsy confirmed the preliminary findings.
Hensley and his wife Phylis began researching the different treatment options. After that process the decision to go with the ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City was a “no-brainer,” Hensley said.
During a two-and-a-half-month period he had 44 treatments (his last was scheduled for Thursday), Hensley said. The treatment process was really patient-friendly; his students and colleagues didn’t even know what he was undergoing, he said. He met a lot of nice people and barely waited after he signed in for his treatment sessions.
“It could have been a really horrible experience but it turned out to be a really delightful experience,” he said.
Wednesday, ProCure celebrated Hensley being their 1,000th graduate from proton therapy treatment for cancer, which opened its doors in July 2009. Three months from now Hensley will have a follow up PSA test when he’ll learn his prognosis. Hensley encouraged men to get a PSA test at age 40.
Hensley’s wife Phylis said the event means a lot to her. Going through the experience with her husband was really scary, she said.
“I feel as if he got the best treatment he could possibly get anywhere in the United States,” she said. “I’m really happy that we live here and didn’t have to travel.”
ProCure Proton Therapy Center President Clark Ward said the vision for the company was to bring absolute cutting-edge, innovative technology in the treatment of cancer to the community setting. Oklahoma City was the first of four ProCure centers that have opened nationally. Locally, its chief hospital partner is Integris.
“It’s very humbling to have the patients that we do have come back,” Ward said. “We have a graduation every week for those patients that are successfully completing therapy.”
Due to the new therapy, patients have come to Oklahoma City ProCure from 38 states and 12 other countries, Ward said.
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Robert Hensley is a retired Navy SEAL and a Metro Tech aviation maintenance instructor.
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2 Edmond detectives help deliver baby boy
It was a big day for Colin and Dalisha Johnson and two burly Edmond cops. It was an even bigger day for Kingsly Johnson — his birthday.
The Johnson’s baby was due to come into the world Dec. 18, and plans were for labor to be induced Dec. 13, said Colin, sounding like a proud papa as he talked about the day in a room at OU Medical Center-Edmond. Kingsly had other plans.
2 candidates file for Edmond School Board seat
Filing for local school districts’ school board positions ended at 5 p.m. Wednesday with seven candidates filing for five positions. The election will be held Feb. 11.
Candidates for Deer Creek Office 4 Seat and Guthrie Seat No. 3 are running unopposed, while Guthrie Seat No. 4 has two candidates filing as does the Oakdale Seat No. 1.
Cynthia Benson filed for Edmond Seat No. 4 Seat against Stephanie Bills. Bills was appointed by the sitting school board members to fill a position left open when board member George Cohlmia resigned so his daughter could apply for a job in the district.
NWS urges residents to prepare for winter storm
A winter storm warning issued by the National Weather Service includes the Edmond area.
Cities included in the warning, in effect until 6 p.m. Friday, are Guthrie, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman, Chandler, El Reno, Tulsa, Stillwater, McAlester, Ada, Ardmore, Duncan, Shawnee, Lawton, Altus, Clinton and Watonga.
Wednesday morning, the NWS released projected precipitation totals for the state, and a region from Altus to the Oklahoma City metro area including Edmond is in the zone of 3-6 inches of snow and sleet accumulation with locally higher amounts possible.
Areas closest to the north and south of the band should expect to receive up to 2 inches of wintry precipitation. An area southeast of roughly Wichita Falls to Ada should expect to receive a quarter inch to two thirds of an inch of ice accumulation.
Hampden Hollow plat application moves forward
The Edmond Planning Commission agreed 3-0 this week to recommend the preliminary plat and the final plat of the Hampden Hollow III. This plat is east of Air Depot, just under one-half mile north of Covell Road.
“It is the final phase of Hampden Hollow,” said Bob Schiermeyer, city planner.
Applicant J.W. Armstrong proposes 74 single family lots set on 29 acres with city utilities. The lots are 7,200 square feet or larger, Schiermeyer said.
“It’s very consistent with what’s in the area,” Schiermeyer said.
Gated access to private streets will interconnect with existing streets in Hampden Hollow, Schiermeyer said.
The City Council will review the item Dec. 9, said Mark Hoose, commissioner.
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Inhofe wants new NDAA bill
Sen. Jim Inhofe shared his thoughts about the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday at the State Republican Headquarters in Oklahoma City.
Inhofe responded to an audience member’s assertion that the NDAA allows the president to act as a dictator by snatching citizens off the street and detaining them without due process.
“I don’t believe it,” Inhofe said. “…He asked a question and I’m disagreeing with him because something is happening right now and we have to have an NDAA.”
There has always been a reason to oppose an NDAA bill, Inhofe said. The reason this time is that Republicans have said there will not be an NDAA bill unless it includes amendments for the National Security Council as well as Iran sanctions, Inhofe said.
Santa Fe High School showcases play Thursday, Friday
Senior Lane Jinkins portraying Mr. Marmalade in the Santa Fe High School play by the same name, tries an imaginary pair of shoes on 4-year-old Lucy, played by senior Jessica Tang. Santa Fe High School drama students are presenting "Mr. Marmalade," this weekend. A dark comedy, the play is a story telling how Lucy deals with abusive behavior through cast members portraying imaginary friends and relatives. Students will be performing the play at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Edmond district checking employees for criminal misdeeds
Edmond Board of Education members voted to accept the single reading of changes for two board policies, both dealing with school employees.
Executive Director of Human Resources Randy Decker presented board members with Policy #2240, Criminal Record Questionnaire, Employee Annual and Policy #2120 dealing with Benefits, Administrator and Professional Non-Bargaining Employees at Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
Decker told board members Policy #2240 deals with a criminal record check initiated in order to be sure nothing shows up as an offense on the record of administrators, teachers and support personnel.
Additional candidate files for Oakdale School Board position
Filing for area school board seats will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Candidates may file at the Oklahoma County Election Board, 4201 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City. There is no filing fee.
Seats up for grabs in the Feb. 11 election include the Edmond School Board District No. 4 seat, Deer Creek School Board Office 4 seat, Guthrie Seat No. 3 and Seat No. 4 and Oakdale Public School District No. 1 seat. If needed, a run-off election will be April 1.
Oakdale incumbent Kelli Walsh filed for Seat No. 1 Tuesday joining J. David Walsh who filed Monday.
Monday Stephanie Bills filed for the Edmond No. 4 seat while Deer Creek incumbent Danny Barnes filed for the Deer Creek Office 4 Seat and incumbent S. Janna Pierson filed for Guthrie Seat No. 3. Guthrie School Board Seat No. 4 is currently filled by Orville Cornelius but is also up for election.
To be eligible for Edmond’s District 4 seat, a candidate must live in the district, be a registered voter in the district, have a high school diploma or equivalency and not be employed by the district or have immediate family members employed by the district. The same criteria apply for the Deer Creek seat.
3 major projects making progress
Members of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce got a glimpse of new Edmond developments at Tuesday’s quarterly chamber luncheon.
The Public Safety Center, Summit Sports Complex and the YMCA Recreation and Aquatic Center were highlighted.
Economic development is on the rise with the new $15 million Summit Sports Complex. The complex is being developed on the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Covell.
“We’ve got plans for two more hotels right in front of this complex,” said Davis Hudiburg, investor. The lead investors also include Mike Miller, Rodney Bates and Derek Turner.
The regional hub for youth and adult sports will be an Edmond cornerstone through the 21st century, the investors said.
Edmond officer arrests Logan Co. suspect
An officer arrested an Edmond resident wanted on a Logan County warrant, according to an incident report.
In November 2011, prosecutors filed felony charges in Logan County District Court alleging Jimmy Ray Hilton, 67, distributed and possessed child pornography and that he violated the Computer Crimes Act, according to court records.
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