Greetings, everyone. One year ago today I found out I had prostate cancer. My doc said we'll do the biopsies and you can come in on Christmas Eve and get the good news that everything is fine. Well, we didn't get the news we had hoped for. My wife is a nurse and she only recently told me that she knew the news wasn't good when they put us in a conference room rather than an examining room. We received the news and left the doctors office in something of a state of shock.
We then went home to both of our children and their spouses and our 2 grandchildren (our daughter-in-law was 8 months pregnant at the time and has since given us grandchild number 3). They were visiting for Christmas so we had the opportunity to tell them in person. I clearly remember my daughter (I definitely have a Daddy's girl) not taking the news so well. Our son is a medical professional (a certified ER nurse) and he knew that the prognosis was good if they got it early and I had a good surgeon.
I did indeed get a fine surgeon that I have been very thankful for this past year. He performed sugery on Feb 4 and I have received zero's every 3 months since with my next appointment coming up the first week of January.
I came home that Christmas Eve day and started doing research. The doctor gave me a book and I went to Barnes and Noble and bought another one. I started doing internet research and found this site. I can truly say that this site has been invaluable. You find guys and their ladies who have been through what I have been through and know the issues. I am more grateful than I can say for each of you. I have slowed down in posting over the past few months but I still chime in every once in awhile.
Thank you to each of you for being there when I needed you.
Trust that each of you will have a joyous and blessed Christmas. David
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me