In the vein of progress on this journey, I have been taking each issue one day at a time. I am in the post recovery, get your leakage under control chapter. Today is the first time that I ventured out w/o a pad. This week will be 3 months from surgery (2.5 months since catheter removal.) It happened inadvertently as I was getting dressed for church this morning , my wife was yelling at me to hurry up or she was leavinf w/o me as I had slept in a bit and was running late. You all can relate to a wife on a mission I am sure, so I hopped into my Jockey shorts and forgot my mini-pad! Low and behold, no problem at all today. One step, one day at a time...
Next chapter in the journey: getting Mr. Happy back!
Best to you all in whatever chapter you are in..
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....