Sorry I havent spent much time here for what seems like an age. I think last time I posted something was a cry for help?
I can say to anyone who is here for the first time that from the time of my diagnosis to post surgery this site became one of the most important resources I had at hand. The opportunity to read, write and share experiences is vital...make sure you keep coming back.
Things do begin to turn around, life takes on new directions...
I had a disasterous 15 months from the period six months out from surgery - financial and personal. Neglected my health and self. (Stopped doing pelvic floor exercises - DO SO AT YOUR PERIL!!! I'm working my way back, but the ability to hold just slips away from you, so keep them up).
Then somehow, things started to fall into place. Business took off, a son came to live with me...an absolutely disasterous relationship ended and a new one began.
This was probably the last piece of athe puzzle. Started an intimate relationship about month ago, after an absolutely disasterous one (this ended three months before and had basically shredded 15 months of my life). I had given up on being capable of what I believed was 'normal' sexual activity...gave up on injections, pills etc... everything was too hard.
Anyway, it's been a breath of fresh air. Everything falling into place.
Been using trimax (injections) twice a week, great results. The key though has been the intimacy, the sex a bonus.
In June just gone I had my first morning 'woody' in two years. Woke up, there it was...
Used half a 'viagra' 100mg last weekend, good results with penetration. Next morning, about five hours later, a 'woody'. Still using injections.
I suppose school's out on the final results, but the journey is the most important thing. Never forget that everything that's going on around you affects your capacity to deal with PC and its aftermath. Keep all in perspective.
I had neglected bloods, have my first in a year tomorrow. Here's hoping. :)
Anyway, to one and all, thanks for simply being around and the space to write this...
Age : 45
Nerve Sparing Rad. Prost: 3 July 2008
PSA: 3.2 (had been high for four years)
Gleason : 3+3 = 6
T1 .1cm diameter, right apex. Contained, excellent clearance.
First Post op PSA: 18 August 2008
Continence: Discovered my pelvic floor, continence was great day one...wore pads for insurance, no pads from day five after catheter removal (had a few small stress leaks).
Potence: A work in progress...