zufus, I guess its the classic is the glass half full or half empty. Your posts are almost always to to the half empty side, almost never to the half full. Hope sometimes can be a preception in one's mind and heart, its a key survival tool, I would never take that aways from someone. I don't know you personally, so not going to pretend, but I suspect that you have been damaged/hurt by the medical profession, and that underneath it all, you are scared and worried. No crime there, no foul, we all are, even when we put on our best faces in our PC paths.
Big believer in freedom of speech and I don't like censorship, but I guess you have to ask yourself, are you really trying to help those in need here, or is there some other agenda or axe to grind? If it is the later, then I don't think its helping the many people that are here with pending PC dx, pending tests and biopsies, pondering complicated and difficult treatment paths, dealing with their fears and uncertanities, and having to integrate all of this with their spouses/partners and their families members, and perhaps employers too. That's a lot on anyone's plate at one time, don't you think?
Since I had my first major medical event involving a life saving operation and 10 days in ICU unit, I can only think of one dr that has ever worked on me or with me that I "fired". He was a neurologist here in Greenville perhaps 10 years ago or more. He was an obvious egotist, and thought he was some kind of big rodeo star in his private life. He acted like a vain game show host. On the morning of a scheduled spinal tap, while on the table prepped, I had enough, and aborted the procedure and severed it with that man. My next neurologist was older, wiser, patient, and had great bed side manner, and we got along well. But that's only one bad dr for me since 1981.
With your attitude, I bet the medical people tune you out as soon as you show up. Do you even consider yourself a compliant patient? Do you follow sound medical advice, or do they write you off "as chosen not to follow medical advice?"
David in SC
56, 56 at DX, PSA
7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes
First PSA Post Surgery 2/9/9