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Deacon's Wife
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Date Joined Dec 2009
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   Posted 12/30/2009 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Just had to say “Thank You” – I have been lurking for over a year – yes that’s right over a year. I would never have made it through the past year without you guys. My husband was diagnosed with PC in Oct 08 after much prayer, though and education the decision was made that he would have possible nerve sparing surgery on Dec 2 08. Surgery did not go well as his colon was nicked during the removal of his prostate. This led to a 2 week hospital stay. After several trips to the ER and 5 catheters more surgery in April then self catheterize for several months we are getting there. It has been a long hard year! BUT there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I don’t think it is a train this time. He is dry, does not have to wear anything – has had 2 PSA test with less than 0.01 results. Sex is still a challenge but with the help of pills we almost there!
I have taken away so much information from this site that has enabled me to a very active part of his recovery. I had no idea what to expect – my plumbing works a bit different than his. I have seen and helped him with stuff that no wife should ever have to see or do. Kinda like child birth – there are just some things a husband and wife should not share – LOL . My heart broke from him so many times and his determination only clarified all the reasons we have been married all these years. Knowing that we were in it together made us both push harder when the nights were long and the days even longer.
If I told you I would not trade this experience for anything – well that would be a lie! I would trade it for sun filled days at the beach, more days shopping and not knowing all the nurses on a first name bases. Heck I would trade it for most anything that did not involve bodily fluids~
BUT I could not let you guys roll into a New Year with a great big ole THANKS.
I know I need to put all that stuff on my signature – but for now
61 years old
Oct 08 dignosed – PSA was less than 4 but had gone up 1 point since the previous year – due to family history doctor sent him for biopsy
Biopsy – 8/12 positive
Gleeson 4/3
Dec 2 08 Surgery
April More surgery

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4119
   Posted 12/30/2009 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Deacon's Wife. You are welcome. Do stay with us and keep us posted. Your post will help other in the future as the post of others have helped you and you husband.

Jeff T
Jeff T Age 57

9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable

10th month PSA <0.01
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2448
   Posted 12/31/2009 9:21 AM (GMT -6)   
So glad you came out in the open and let us know you were here. I surely hope that the new year brings you and your husband much joy.

If we have helped you along the way, it has truly been our pleasure. We all came here in the beginning looking for answers and then stayed on knowing that we could help the others that come along behind us.

It is our way of giving back and refilling the "Caring and Support Well" that we all draw from.

Bless you and your husband. May 2010 will be a wonderful year for us all,

61 years old
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology:
Gleason: Changed to (4+3) = 7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
NERVES SPARED-positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT scheduled to begin Nov 30,2009 (74 days post surgery)

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