Once you are part of a family (like Healingwell), you will always be a part of the family. Sort of like adoption. Whether you are here or not, you will always be somewhere in our minds. We wish you the best in difficult times.
Your decision is one which resonates to everyone here. We have all at some point thought "what if?" So we all feel and share your pain. When you hear about
people for whom cancer has gotten the better of them, it is a reminder that this is why each and every one of us here fights cancer and is here to support each other.
What a difficult decision, but one which we all hope you find peace with now and in the future.
We will keep you in our thoughts.
43 yo. now
5/07 PSA 4.65 at routine physical
6/07 biopsy Gleason 7 (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 - RRP at Northwestern Memorial by Dr. William Catalona. Thankful the father of the PSA test was right here in Chicago.
Post op path report confirmed Gleason 7 (3+4). 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...
12/31/07 - threw out the pads (I only had used 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.
9/17/08 One year past surgery and doing well. PSA less than .1 and ED continues to get better and showing reasonably good results using Levitra which for a long time did nothing.