Thanks Guys, but it is still true, I am just one of the guys, we all have the same PC we are fighting, our journeys can be similar and different at the same time. What is easy for one man, can be difficult for others. As far as the number of posts, let's just say being unemployed leaves me a lot of time on my hands, so it's obvious I have more time to check the board. Second, I am a writer, so this is the best medium for me to work with. Thirdly, I really believe in our brotherhood here, its not just words to me. I feel alive when I am here with our PC brothers and the sisters that join us. I feel every hurt, every pain. I laugh, I cry, I cheer, I boo, this place makes me feel very in tune with what we battle. I never feel alone when I am here.
The terrible cancer battles I fought in the past, non-PC, I fought almost entirely alone, it was so rare, that there wasn't anyone to compare notes with, and it was a lonely battle. Outside my lovely wife, there was no one. My kids were too young to be involved at that time.
Peter W. has done a great service by providing Healing Well, not only to us Prostate guys, but to all the groups that are supported here. He is the one that deserves credit. If this place suddenly shut down one day, it would be a great loss to thousand of peoples with all kinds of ailments.
I think we have great moderators too. I love all the brethren here, even the few that like to get under my skin. The only hatred I have in my body is directed toward Prostate Cancer, and how it changes our lives forever. Every guy here has a story of fortitude and courage, mine is aggervating, but not all that special.
I plan to keep on being here, and helping where I can, and learning from others. Yeah, I give, but I also take.
David in SC
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path 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, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4, Caths #11 and #12 in at the same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days