I think logo has done a masterful job of bringing up a question without transgressing the forum rules, and allowing us to discuss an important part of healing well.
There are some who have become bitter and feel cheated by life because they have PC. It is my hypothesis that those who become bitter and angry are cheating themselves from returning to a satisfactory life style after treatment. If we view everything with a bitter slant, or our anger is always boiling, even the grandkids running around sets us off, our spouse offering to do something for us results in a push back, and perhaps hurtful words, life will never be normal again.
We see men and women who have been blind, deaf, or disabled from birth who have gone on to do amazing things. We have seen young men return from war with devastating wounds, and missing limbs who have overcome their disabilities and continue on to live happy, fulfilling lives. If we think for a minute that these examples of overcoming have not employed elements of faith , hope, and love, I really think we are fooling ourselves.
For me, being allowed to live 58 great years before I had PC, makes me thankful. I feel that I am fortunate to still be alive, as compared to my peers who have died in Viet Nam, car accidets, heart attacks, cancer, etc. Could i be happy without faith, hope, and love, .... probably not.
I am thankful for today, look forward to tomorrow, and I will continue to live the good life.
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic 4/14/09 Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free 6 week PSA <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED. Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10, 9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01