Well I'm not trying to pick on Selmer. I think every man should be aware of cancer risks that apply to them. As for friends, neighbors, family members having prostate cancer, just about
every man in his late 50's or 60's can lay claim to that. At 6'1, 175 and a 32 waist, I have never been obese in my life. Sure diet and obesity contribute to some men's prostate cancer. But I was a semi professional athelete earlier in life and still maintain a high level of fitness and eat a healthy balanced diet. Did that protect me from cancer? Obviously not. The causes for cancer are varied and complex. I am also aware that some people can harbour an obsession with their health to the extent that it has a big influence on their behavior. Once well informed, I see little to be gained by a healthy person hanging around a cancer forum. I certainly wouldn't be hanging out if I didn't share the misery and loss of patients and their families that goes along with going through actually having this illness and the after effects of treatments. For my brothers dealing with this disease, I know your pain. I know your loss. I grieve for those who have to deal with advanced cancer. I sympathize deeply with those who are dealing with incontinence and impotence. Others can read about
it and generally understand. But those of us that have to walk the walk, deserve the right to talk the talk. I'm probably talking too much. But this isn't an interesting hobby for me. Its my freaking life now.
first biopsy was in 1997. Neg. Dx BPH PSA 5.4
second biopsy in 2001 neg again PSA 9.8
passed blood Feb 08 3rd biopsy positive PSA 14.6 Gleason (3+3)=6
Pre op Xrays, CT scans, bone scans all neg
Da Vinci surgery 3/3/08 no complications, nodes clear
Significant post op discomfort for approx one week
Daily improvement 2nd week, near nornal mobility, etc 4th week
Filled pads every 2 hours for first month, gradually improved to not wearing pads after 2 months. Whoopee!
Occasional small leak when sneezing or farting, haha
Total loss of erectile function so far, some loss of rectal muscle function also.
Currently back to 100% physically, working out, etc.
Some lingering attitude issues over lack of function. Anger sometimes, moderate depression sometimes. Feel good physically but lingering changes in emotions. Joi da vie not the same. Feel lucky overall, but emotionally flat. A vague sense of loss, diminished pleasure in life. Hope to rebound as time goes by. Survived melanoma in 2000, pacemaker in 2002. Three time winner? Doesn't feel that way.