Mel, you wouldn't be human if you didn't worry. The only doctors with patients who don't worry are vets.
What I tell myself is that the test results aren't THE thing. The thing is do I, or do I not, have prostate cancer cells in my body. The test makes no difference. The results make no difference. The only thing that matters is, are they there, or not. Then, if they are there is it better to know, or not know? Answer, I want to know. So, I head into test result day knowing there is only good news. If I have cancer cells, it's beyond great news that we know! If I don't have cancer cells, then that's good news too.
A mental game? Of course, but it's the way I cope.
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 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23 test again less than 0.02
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues, but better every week.
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