Neal, I understand where you are coming from. I have made more reall friends here at HW since my PC dx, then I would ever have made in my "real" life. The common bond we share here is a real brotherhood, not just in words only.
WIth PC, there are so many men that are survivors, so many new men getting dx, and of course, sadly too many brothers we don't even know that pass away because of this disease. But there are a lot of us fighting this thing at any moment.
With my previous cancer battles, all 3 of them, it was so ultra rare, that there would almost be no chance of meeting anyone dealing with it, there were no support groups, no forumns like this, as at the time, I was one of only 38 known cases in American medical history, with less than 300 cases on the world. It was hard, and lonely, not even the people at the local American Cancer Society had even heard of it.
We are not alone, there's a lot of good men out there, that need what we have here.
And Neal, I consider you a real friend too.
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, no problem post SRT
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 same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29