Hang in there. I was miserable when I first found this site almost a year ago. I was full of anger and fear and sadness. This was no doubt the best place for me to go to late at night when I couldn't sleep. I'd read posts and try to find direction and answers from the many experiences here.
I also reached out to people to talk about
the options and their outcomes as I tried to find my own path toward cure and feel resolved about
my decision. Please feel free to do the same. Some folks here post their email on their profiles which allows you to email them directly. Mine is there, so feel free to reach out any time.
I found that discussing things with other people help me find resolution in the decisions I was faced with in terms of treatment options, and I explored many.
Also, complete your signature when you have a chance so people can be reminded of your circumstance when they read your posts. It helps people identify how similar their own situation may be to yours and how relevant sharing their experience might be to you.
In the end, we're all fighting the same disease, so all of the collective experience here is relevant. But everyone's situation has things that make treatment choices a very personal decision. Glad you found this site.
42 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy positive for cancer...Gleason 3+4...diagnosed at 41 y.o.
6/07-9/07 manic research and interviews with physicians across the country in search of the "right" decision. I went to Mass General in Boston, Loma Linda, University of Chicago and Northwestern.
9/17/07 - Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy Surgery at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago by Dr. William Catalona. Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op pathology was Gleason 3+4 with negative margins, no seminal vesicale involvement, no lymphatic or vascular invasion, bladder and urethral free and tumor volume was 5% of 27.3g.
9/27/07 - Catheter removal...let the games begin...
12/07 - Threw out the pads. I only had to use 1 pad per day for protection against minor drips.
I started Trimix 8 weeks after surgery with success.
I hope someday I won't need injections, but I hope more that my PSA stays at 0 forever.