Hello 56pontiac. you ask:
"I can't help asking myself what if questions like, what is my prognosis, how long will I live, am I going to die from this stupid disease?"
I think the brutal fact is that if you die of cancer, it isn't going to be this one. I suspect your friends, who have not had the surgery, are at far far greater risk of dying of prostate cancer than you are --- and they aren't sweating it, so neither should you.
You're like the guy I rode beside on a plane a few years ago. We were taking off, there was a huge 'bump' of some sort, I sat bolt up right, and he put his hand on my arm and said, don't worry. I can guarantee you're safe. He was so calm and assured I immediately relaxed (I was a frequent flyer in those days and didn't easly panic anyways.) Afterwards I said to him, how can you guarantee I'm safe? Because you're with me, he said. So? I asked. Well, he replied, do you remember the Air Canada flight that went in off the end of the runway in Toronto a few years ago and people were killed? I said I did. So ??? I was on that flight, he said. I lead a charmed life now. What are the chances of one passenger being in two fatal air accidents on a major carrier?
Like that guy, after three years with the results you have, you're living a charmed life. Go enjoy!
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"
First post op PSA Sept 09 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.