Colin45 and Squirm: Take a look at the 'where are we from' thread ---- the list goes back into the mists of time. By definition, if PCa isn't a problem then a support group is about
as useful as a bicycle is to a fish.
When first diagnosed, panic.
Then, the treatment decision --- not an easy time.
Then THE DAY --- treatment arrives. Major stress.
Now, the frightening wait for pathology, if surgery was elected.
Next, piddling all over the carpet --- not an easy time.
Then the realization that not only has Willie gone into hiding (bad locker room image) but may be brain dead. Not nice!
Then the trauma of the first PSA, and perhaps the next.
And, by now, for most, fewer pads, a zero PSA, a Willie that can work in a pinch, and that's better than a stiffy in a pine box, so we live with it.
And the cat has kittens, the car has to go in for servicing, there's a big project at work, your brother with "THAT" wife is coming to stay for a week, Costco beckons, your grandchildren want to go to McDonalds, and first thing you know, life has reared it's ugly head and you've gone for hours without thinking about
PCa and when you are drifting off to sleep you suddenly remember you meant to get to the prostate group to say hello --- but it will have to be tomorrow.
For some tough, the PSA doesn't behave, the pipe plugs, Willie won't wake up, and it's still a fresh pad every couple of hours ---- major need of support.
And that, I bet, is the story of this group. The lucky guys mean to stick around and be supportive --- but season tickets to football, cleaning the garage, dinner out with friends, shopping with the wife, all and more overwhelm good intentions.
Case in point: I had my first doctor meeting post surgery this morning ---- boring! Nothing to report. Nada. Same old, same old. I'm not even bothering to post about
it. No support needed. BUT if my next PSA is up you can bet your last dollar I'll be here hourly, just like I used to be.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"