Anxiety out the roof said:
"I have the same feeling about
the " your screwed no matter what you do." I would like to hear some stories that have happy endings after being diagnosed with PCa."
Anxiety and Tin Foil,
I know the feeling of being diagnosed with prostate cancer all too well. It was about
4 years ago for me. I have to say that when I see the new guys coming in here that the first thing that crosses my mind is that that was me. I was a young guy with seemingly nowhere to run. I cried with my wife and feared the worst ~ multiple times. I had no idea what the future would hold.
There is no doubt that a diagnosis of cancer will change your life, and this website is about
guys and their loved ones getting together to find hope and for the most part a life without cancer. Some do better than others and most do very well.
I mention it because, while it didn't quite turn out as I had hoped, I did find my own peace with this stupid disease. My wife and I are closer than ever, I appreciate the littles things more than ever, and I know that while this was not my plan, I am very happy that in spite of having advanced prostate cancer life goes on. One friend of mine who continually shows me the courage and inspiration that I could only hope for, he revealed on a radio show his bout with advanced prostate cancer was not going well. The show host, Dennis Miller, was obviously touched. He asked my friend "how do you deal with this?" and David E said "Well you know, you get up in the morning, you put your pants on, and you get on with your life". Miller was taken back and you could hear it in his voice.
Well that's me today. If my advanced disease is in full remission, then why can't I just be happy with where I am? After all David still is in the fight, why would I ever let this disease take my happiness away?
In time you will feel the same way. It's still early in the game for you guys. The stats look favorable for both of you.
Don't let this thing get you too down. It's ok to feel like the road ahead is rocky, but it is not anywhere near the end of anything including your peace or your bright futures.
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7
RALP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas
Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 9/15/2010 5:47:50 PM (GMT-6)