This afternoon, had to go to the local unemployment office for a schedule review. Hours of waiting, 5 minutes when you see the person kind of thing. Was at a table with 5 other men. They started talking about
Obama's speech tonight on health care, one thing led to the other, next thing you know, I was telling them about
my journey with PC. It sparked a lot of interest.
Not one of the men there had ever had a PSA test before, all were well over 50. Only one even knew what one was, because his father died of advanced PC not too long ago. So I took advantage of the moment, and we got into a serious discussion on the subject. It was really a neat moment, totally unplanned.
We got into symptons, testing, biopsies, treatment choices, and yes, I stayed neutral and we talked about surgery, radiaton, seeding, HT, etc.
The two things this group of strangers brought up on their own, and you might find this part interesting, is that they had heard that having a catheter would keep them from having surgery, even though none of them had ever had one (and of course, I didn't tell them about my 7 cathater voyage), and they had all heard horror stories about the biopsies. So we got into a good talk about both subjects.
All of them agreed they needed to have at least a baseline psa test done soon, and would tell their adult sons about this too.
Didn't plan on this, but what a great opportunity for our cause. And that didn't count the other men that were in hearing distance in our little group disussion.
Hope I get a chance to do that another time.
David in SC
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin2009 PSA
: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16Latest:
7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out after 38 days