Made me think of my own situation too
I still can't work out why I went to my GP in March this year.
At the beginning of 2009 I had been thinking that I ought to go to see my GP at 50 to have a sort of general check-up and simply find out what I might need to know about prostate type issues.
Then at about the same time my GP moved, and out of curiosity I went see the new offices and while there thought, heck! why not have the check-up now (aged 48) rather than find aged 50 that there was some problem that it would have been better to know about sooner.
I didn't even know the PSA test existed, but when I heard it did I agreed with my GP that it might be as well to include in the things I was being tested for (like blood sugar and cholesterol) as then we would at least have a base line for the coming years! Little did we know! She was shocked that my first ever PSA came back as high as it did. (More shocked than me - she had no experience of a younger man with PCa)
A lot has happened since then and now I'm playing the waiting game with my first post-op PSA in a fortnight.
And I've also been wondering what there is for us guys like the pink ribbon? The problem with beer is that the alcohol and bubbles, to say nothing of the volume of liquid involved, aren't always helpful as far as my continence is concerned,
Age at Dx 48 No Family history of Prostate Cancer
Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.
April 2009: PSA 8.6 DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.
RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.
Partial erections on 1st and 2nd Aug 2009, Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009.
Dry at night, but wearing pads 24/7
Post-op Gleason 3+4. Seminal Vesicles invaded, but otherwise negative margins,
Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009 Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009
Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.
Post Edited (English Alf) : 11/2/2009 2:34:38 AM (GMT-7)