The day I was diagnosed, my wife and I immediately called in to our employers to tell them we wouldn't be back in to work that day. First we shed tears in the car, and then we took a trip to a small, quaint town where we now make our home, had lunch in a nice cafe, had a glass or two of wine and focused on nothing, nothing but the positive. I had already decided by that time on robotic surgery, and the biopsy indicated that the cancer was at an early stage. We told ourselves that it is what it is, and that we were going to make the best we possibly could of the situation, and were NOT going to waste any energy thinking about what could go wrong. We focused everything, and I mean everything on the positive side of things: The cancer appeared to be contained; I was young and the chances were very good that I would regain continence and erections; I was in good physical condition; and my father had his prostate removed 10 years ago and had been cancer free ever since. I can't tell you how emotionally and mentally what a big help it was focusing on the positive, and so far, thank God, everything appears to be a success.
Prostate cancer is too big a deal to be wasting any energy on negative thoughts. Positive margins, negative margins, rise in PSA, negative PSA. Whatever, PC is now a part of our mentality, and for the rest of our lives we need to look at the glass as half full as opposed to half empty.
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007. Age 49
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence: Out of pads at five weeks. Seven months post-op I'm fully continent.Erections
: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis. Post Surgery PSA
: Three tests, all <0.1Family history
: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
Post Edited (JCL) : 1/21/2008 5:13:54 PM (GMT-7)