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DanmanBob
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   Posted 3/19/2008 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
The great news is you are a week or less from surgery.  I say great news because if you are anything like I was, the wait from biopsy to surgery has not been a fun time.  When I got to the final week before surgery, my anxiety actually decreased.  I felt as if I had analyzed, re-analyzed, prayed, worried, researched and discussed ad nauseum and was finally at peace with my decision and with what lay ahead.
 
We will have you in our thoughts and prayers next Wednesday and Thursday!!!
 
Please keep us posted on your progress.
 
DanMan Bob
Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008


biker90
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Total Posts : 1463
   Posted 3/19/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey DanMan Bob,

Yeah, as soon as my wife and I decided on surgery and set the date, most of the anxiety went away. I then concentrated on getting in the best physical condition I could muster and prepping mentally and emotionally for the big day. We talked a lot about our expectations for the post-op pathology report and reviewed what the doctor had told us about his experience and his outcomes. All this bolstered my confidence and helped relieve MaryLu's worries.

Cancer is a physical, mental and emotional disease and we have to prep all three areas in order to successfully win the battle.

Best of luck to you guys that are ready to go. Remember that we have you in our thoughts and prayers. Please report back to us on you success....

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


bluebird
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   Posted 3/20/2008 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
tongue  Hey ~ Billy & Frank,
 

Thinking of you and sending special thoughts your way as you move toward surgery day… 

 

We hope  “Our Journey” helps to guide you over at least one stepping-stone on your path.  Keeping you close… in thoughts and prayers. 

 

“Our hands will be on your shoulders”

special words borrowed from hamala

 

In Friendship,

 

~~*~~*~~*~~~)*&^%  Group Hug %^&*(~~~*~~*~~*~~

 

From the 3 of us...

Lee, Buddy, & Murphy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


myman
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   Posted 3/21/2008 10:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Billy & Frank,

If I'm reading this thread correctly surgery is right around the corner...I join in wishing you a relaxing and peaceful weekend. It's a tough wait but before you know it you'll be on the road to recovery. You've made your decision so move forward and don't look back.

All the best to you both,
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07


Swimom
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 3/21/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
All good wishes, thoughts and prayers for a successful procedure and a quick recovery.

Paul / Vickie
 


mlbsm
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 85
   Posted 3/22/2008 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
Many, many thanks to all of you for your very kind good wishes.

Having nothing more than my tonsils out when I was 8 or 9, and then lied to about being able to eat all the ice cream I wanted to after my surgery, i was a little leary about receiving information about my upcoming RRP.

Nobody ever told me the last thing I would want to do after getting my tonsils ripped out was to eat or drink anything ever again.

As for this surgery, I'm not sure if it's preferable to just lay down on the table or get run over by a train, but the information you people supply has at least taken a lot of the mystery out of the procedure.

I've spent weeks scouring the site, and you people have more answers or suggestions than any Doctor I've ever spoken to. Again, I thank you.

Billy
DIAG. 2/08
DRE POSITIVE
PSA 6.8
CONTAINED, LEFT SIDE, GLEASON 9
LUPRON, (3 MO.) 2/28
SURG, SCHED. 3/26/08


DanmanBob
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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 3/23/2008 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   

Your surgery will not be a walk in the park, but I believe you will find it preferable to sitting on those train tracks!!!

Best of luck to you this week.


Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008

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