Posted 6/28/2009 9:36 PM (GMT -6)
After reading the responses to my inquiry last week, I pumped up the tires did 30 miles today. I am 12 weeks post surgery, 10 post-catheter. I felt great when I donned the spandex and jersey as I lost some weight through the early chapters of the PCa experience. I had no problems that I can tell although I was careful to make sure that I was seated properly with sit bones on the flair of the saddle. I did not feel any sensitivity to rough roads and of course would stand on the pedals over real bumps (as usual). I must say that I have been waiting for this day for what seems like forever. I did not use a pad either and no leaks and no spurts. It was like being as kid again when winter was over and my dad would bring the bikes out of the cellar! Another milestone in this journey. Next chapter: ED and the rest of my life.
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9, University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....