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Where is Mr. Myszkowski going on vacation?

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Where is Mr. Myszkowski going on vacation?

SEE YOU AT GRADUATION: The Hurricanes' Chief Academic Officer's groundbreaking medical treatment won't keep him away from his seniors, he says, while reminding medical students that there are many pioneering career possibilities.

SEE YOU AT GRADUATION: The Hurricanes' Chief Academic Officer's groundbreaking medical treatment won't keep him away from his seniors, he says, while reminding medical students that there are many pioneering career possibilities.

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SEE YOU AT GRADUATION: The Hurricanes' Chief Academic Officer's groundbreaking medical treatment won't keep him away from his seniors, he says, while reminding medical students that there are many pioneering career possibilities.

By Staff

By Staff

SEE YOU AT GRADUATION: The Hurricanes' Chief Academic Officer's groundbreaking medical treatment won't keep him away from his seniors, he says, while reminding medical students that there are many pioneering career possibilities.

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Mr. Myszkowski, 12th grade assistant principal, will be leaving on April 22 for two months. He’s going to the University of Florida Health Proton Therapy Institute in Jacksonville. However, he still will be attending the 12th grade graduation ceremony on May 16.

“Will I be back for graduation? Yes,”

Mr. Myszkowski has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and has sought out treatment at the UF Proton Therapy Institute. He was informed about the medical center by a former Pre-Law teacher Ms. Martens, whose husband is already at the institute.

Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that uses protons instead of traditional X-rays. It targets and kills the cancer cells more precisely.

“This means less damage to surrounding tissue which results in a lower risk of side effects and a better quality of life during and after cancer treatment,” according to floridaproton.org.

The traditional treatment time for the proton therapy is eight weeks with one dose of the radiation therapy each day. Mr. Myszkowski has signed up for the four-week program, which means he will get a double dose of the treatment for half the time period.

“I’ve applied to be a guinea pig,” he said.

Mr. Myszkowski was turned down from the four-week treatment. Treatment is “randomized,” he said. “Some get in and some don’t.”

He has already gone to Jacksonville and finished all requirements for the procedure.

“I’ve gone up there and done all the preparation so, now from Monday through Friday, zap, zap, zap, zap, every day,” he said.

He’s gone inside the building where the treatment will be taking place, seen the machinery that will be used and learned how it works.

He described “The compensator – something is carved into the middle of it and it shoots the radiation where it’s supposed to. You lay on this thing and it moves forward into the machine and the little squares on the inside of the machine, come out of the wall.”

“So when you go in, they go out,” Mr. Myszkowski explained. “They are X-ray machines and they take X-ray pictures of your whole body. Once they know you are in the right position, they retract back into the wall and then shoot out the radiation treatment. It shoots directly wherever it’s supposed to go without damaging anything.”

He has talked to several professionals at the establishment and “Everybody who I’ve talked to up there said there are no side effects. You don’t lose your hair or become weak.”

Mr. Myszkowski said he wants to communicate to the medical students “especially the PN (Practical Nursing) students,” to “broaden their horizon. There are more medical professions that our students are not aware of.”

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15 Responses to “Where is Mr. Myszkowski going on vacation?”

  1. Ayhan Lambaz on April 18th, 2019 1:21 pm

    Best of luck and positive vibes for the best of the best. We appreciate the incredible and contagious energy you bring to us every morning.

  2. LINDA JANNEY on April 18th, 2019 1:24 pm

    We will miss you a lot, Mr. M!

  3. DEANNA PIENTKA on April 18th, 2019 1:57 pm

    Mr. Myszkowski will rock this treatment. We can all keep him in our prayers and give him all the support we can. Thank you for writing about him and his treatment. Job well done.

  4. Margaret Bell on April 18th, 2019 3:12 pm

    Just ask for Dr. Jesus..and turn the case over to Him. .He’s the Ultimate Healer and I know He will take good care of you.
    Let me know if you need anything and we will ship it right to you. (Favorite candy, fruit, goodies, etc
    and plenty of books.)
    Love and prayers,
    Peggy

  5. Malou Reyes on April 19th, 2019 8:33 am

    You would be fine Mr. M. A few weeks is a blitz in time. You will be back just like your young self very soon. Feel better and see you on graduation day! I know you would not want to miss calling out the seniors with their various accomplishments!

  6. Scott Miller on April 19th, 2019 10:22 am

    Will keep you in our prayers. Thank you for your leadership!

  7. Sami-Jo Lewis on April 19th, 2019 11:24 am

    Oh Mr. Myskowski. Forever thinking of you. Praying for. Speedy recovery and God’s healing. Love you always !

  8. Sinteria Cooper on April 19th, 2019 11:54 am

    Prayers for u Mr. M. … You’ve always been a tough guy and I know God will see you thru! As a graduate of UF I know they have some of the BEST medical staff around! You Got this! Hang in there 🙏🏽😘

  9. Lorenz Small on April 19th, 2019 3:03 pm

    God bless you Mr. Myszkowski! You will rock this treatment! From your former student!

  10. Trenda McDonald on April 19th, 2019 6:24 pm

    Prayers for you Mr. Myszkowski!!
    Love Trenda Class of 2011

  11. Brittnay Baxter on April 19th, 2019 6:52 pm

    So sad and sorry to hear about your diagnosis Mr. M. I wish you the best of luck with the treatment. Can’t wait to hear good results

  12. Nedjie joseph on April 19th, 2019 8:49 pm

    Mr. Myszkowski You will do great we will keep you in our prayers. Meeting you was one of the best part of my high school days and I am so happy that I had you in my life! We love you Mr. Myszkowski, good luck!! 👍🍀💞💞💞💞

  13. Centerrya Williams on April 20th, 2019 4:10 pm

    Mr. Myszkowski,
    For 4 years we did the same handshake and you gave me the same advice to always keep my head up and look at the positive. Now it’s your turn to keep your head and look at the positive. There will be times you may feel tired but never let it get you down, keep pushing and never give up. You will be in me, my family and the rest of the Hurricane family prayers.

    Best wishes,
    Centerrya Williams
    Class of 2006

  14. Osmara Salazar on April 21st, 2019 1:16 am

    Sending positive thoughts to you Mr. Myszkowski and your family. You’ll overcome this and continue to do great things and impact the lives of so many more students.

  15. Carolyn Powery on April 21st, 2019 12:11 pm

    Praying for a successful treatment and speedy recovery. With your attitude and outlook on life, you got this. You taught me at Palm Beach Gardens High School, to have a positive attitude. I remember learning from you the three affirmations, I am, I can and I will. I need you to apply these to your life. I now teach elementary children those same affirmations for their lives. Graduated of Palm Beach Gardens High School, Class of 1977.

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