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   Posted 8/22/2010 11:45 AM (GMT -6)   
My surgery is only 25 days away.  It seems like the past 2-3 months have been consumed by focusing on this cancer.  My wife and I have seen several doctors, read books, spoken with similarly-situated men, and have decided on a course of action (open surgery).  In addition, I've taken the standard battery of pre-surgical tests and have been cleared for surgery by my primary care physician.
I think it's a good time for the two of us to get away and relax for a while.  We're heading to a romantic resort in upstate New York and have promised one another that the words "prostate" or "cancer" will not be spoken while we're away.  (I will, however, continue to surreptitiously do my kegel exercises every day!)
Once we're back, I'll be in the home stretch before surgery and can concentrate on getting all of the things I'll need to have in the house in order to make the recovery as easy as possible.  After surgery, I'll continue to take things a day at a time.

Worried Guy
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   Posted 8/22/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Good for you! You both have the right, healthy attitude. No point obsessing once the die is cast.
Jeff (in the "real" Upstate NY)

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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
If you haven't been exercising now is a good time to start. Walk everyday a couple of miles or so or work up to that. It will pay off.
12/06/07 DaVinci and open prostate surgery after difficulties in breathing stopped the davinci.

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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
We did the same, although we went to Ireland. Upon arrival we ordered chinese, and they also brought chinese cookies for us both. Inside my cookie I found the doomsday message 'All hope is in vain'. I recommend that you avoid oriental food. tongue
Radical prostactemy 10/2006 @42, PSA 3.9, Gleason 3+4
PSA <0.2 2006-2009

PSA 0.14 01/2010
0.07 05/2010

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 8/22/2010 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Enjoy your get away and good luck with your surgery.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08
PSA 9/05 1.15; 8/06 1.45; 12/07 2.41; 8/08 3.9; 11/08 3.5 free PSA 11%
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4) and (4+5)
Negative CT scan and bone scan done on 1/16
Robotic surgery performed 2/9/09 Dr Fagin, Austin TX
Prostate weighed 57 grams size:5.2 x 5.0 x 4.9 cm
Posterior lateral lesions measuring 1.5 x 1.4 x 1.0 cm showing focal capsular penetration over a distance of 3mm in circumference.
Prostatic adenocarciroma accounts for approx. 10-20% of the hemisphere.
Gleason 4+4
both nerve bundles removed,
pT3a Nx Mx, Negative margins
seminal vesicles clean, lymph nodes: not dissected
continent after 5 months
2 months PSA test 4/7/09 result <0.1
5 months PSA test 7/9/09 result <0.1
8 months PSA test 10/9/09 result <0.1
11 months PSA test 1/21/10 result 0.004
14 months PSA test 4/19/10 result 0.005

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   Posted 8/22/2010 2:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Wd40...exercise is not a problem for me. I do strength, flexibility, balance and aerobic exercise every day. On days that I play golf, I always walk. I've lost 44 lbs since the first of the year and hope to lose another 10 before surgery.

Pattersson...goood advice about avoiding fortune cookies...I hope my doctor does the same!!!
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