Your advice to our newest friends is right on. The more you know in advance, the easier it is to deal with one's PC journey. This knowledge in advance can help abate some of the inner fears and worries too, so it can help in that way. What is sad to me, having been here close to 2 years, is that we keep getting an endless stream of new friends, that's one reason why I keep sticking around, and the fact that my own journey won't go away. Once you have been through the fire of getting the PC dx, the treatment choices, the treatment(s), the side effects, etc, its only then that you can partly understand the fullness of having PC.
I think it was Bro. Zufus that really coined the phrase here, Knowledge is Power, and it's so very true.
Hope you are still doing well yourself. In your early days here, with the level and quantity of your initial questions, I believe you helped a lot of people do some serious thinking about their choices and the consequences of their choices. That was of great value.
David in SC
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 ?
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, on Catheter #21, will be having Ileal Conduit Surgery in Sept.