Well John, some people are just denialists by nature, and they have a difficult time accepting both good and bad news, and with something as major as a cancer dx, can get out on the deep end real fast, even to the point of being delusional and irrational about
their situation. Not a good thing.
Then you have the group that over reacts to a situation, good or bad. They will act rash and will make instantaneous decisions about
very important things, often without understanding their situation and all the facts involved, or even having time to gain the knowledge to make the right choice. Their brains say, act now, solve the problem, settle things, etc.
Then you have the rational thinkers, that don't over react or deny, they take things in stride, willing to learn and listen, tries to involves other people's input, data, etc, and think things through.
Of course, there are more than these 3 mind sets, but it does cover a lot of people.
david in sc
57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.33rd Biopsy
: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3Open RP:
11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09Path Rpt
: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incontinence: 1 Month ED: Non issue at any point post surgery
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out 38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped 9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/10 - Corrective Surgery #4, and Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time