Remembering those that came home and those that did not.
From "For The Fallen"
"They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them"
by Laurence Binyon
I don't mind going off message today. My Father was, for a while, a doctor in the British Army and served with the 55th Division on the Western Front in France during the First World War. And on that very first "11th of November" in 1918 he was there. He had stopped with some of the men on a cold muddy road near Ath in Belgium to have something to eat when at about noon his General rode up on horseback to tell them that the Germans had agreed to the Armistice.
He wrote in a letter to my grandmother, which I have before me, that they all took it rather quietly. His brother was also an Army Doctor in WW1. My maternal grandfather was in the Army from about 1885 till 1918, and my mother's brothers were all soldiers and served in WW2.
(And yes I do mean my father and not my grandfather! He was rather old when I was born and lived till he was 95, so I'm counting on many more years yet.)
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. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.
Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)
no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear 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.