I only realized this morning, that I had passed my One-Year anniversery here at HW Prostate Cancer. I joined on October 13, 2008. That was a month and a day before my open surgery.
What a year this has been for me. I am still unemployed a year later, hard for me to comprehend. Still have PC. While I feel I had a great surgery, the cancer is still with me, and thus the reason I am in the midst of salvage radiation. I would have never dreamed that I have spent a total of 116 days so far of that year on a total of 8 catheters, and would have needed 3 corrective surgeries since then, plus several ER type episodes. This isn't how I read about treatment in books on the subject, lol.
I have met so many wonderful people here at HW. I know more of them here, then I do in my real life. We have really good men and women here. We share information and knowledge freely, we agree and disagree at times (after all, humans are human), we come from all walks of life, different back grounds, definitely different political, economic, and religious backgrounds.
I have read stories here that have made me cry out of joy, and others out of sadness. I share with everyone's victories, and also with their sadness.
I think of all the new friends here, they keep coming and coming. Many scare out of their minds, still under the shock and awe of having a cancer dx, yet we come out and greet and embrace them into our community.
For all those that think I have done this or that since I have been here, I can say with a clear heart, I have never been able give back to HW what I have taken from it. I just try to do the best I can.
If you happen not to like me or my style, you are s.o.l., because I intend to stay around a long time, to keep greeting, comforting, encouraging, and teaching our brethren. And its truly ok to agree to disagree about things, that's what civil peoples do.
May God keep us, protect us, and provide for each and every person that passes through our gates here at HW
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out 38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl.agree to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg with uro/surg, 9/29- pre-op, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - suprapubic cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sessions/72 gys.