sv posted for the first time in another thread. Welcome to HW, thank you for sharing your story with us. I hope you will stay with us and continue to share your journey.
Last September I too was a Gleason 9 and after careful research determined that getting that beast out of my body asap was critical. A recent convert of integrated medicine, we immediately took out of our diet all sugar, dairy products, red meat and switched to a completely organic diet of fresh fruits and vegetables with delicious meals of wild caught cold water fish, chicken and eggs. We also loaded up on cooked tomatoes for licapene and a variety of other antioxidants like green tea and blue berries. What actually worked? We don't know but we do know that we ate like my life depended on it. And so it did.
Added to that was a rock solid belief that when disaster strikes us, we are given the tools to prevail...the choice is ours--to stand and fight or lay down and die. Which will you choose?
Next was finding the best surgeon in our area because a DaVinci robot meant nothing to us in the hands of someone without at least a few thousand surgeries under his belt. We chose Dr. Mark Kawachi at City of Hope near Los Angeles. During the five weeks between diagnosis and surgery, via meditation and super positive attitudes, we convinced our bodies, souls and minds that the beast was in fact, in remission.
The morning of surgery, as I shook hands with Kawachi while nurses were busy plugging needles and tubes into my nether regions, I looked him in the eye and said that as far as we were concerned my cancer was in remission and that I was only going along with this to humor him. The staff was further surprised when I added that my post surgical biopsy would reveal a lowered Gleason score.
Eight days later when they removed my catheter, not only was I water tight but three nights later we had sex with a 3/4 erection compliments of vitamin V. Best of all...post biopsy Gleason went down, not to an 8 but a 7! All margins and lymph nodes were clear and completely organ confined. First lab test was with Bostwick and the second was City of Hope so an error was nearly impossible.
Your bone scan showing suspicious blobs? Forget about
them until something is conclusive and then, even if there is a problem, your fight is far from over. It is just beginning. But I say to you my brother in our battle with this hideous monster, THINK POSITIVE AND DON'T YOU EVER DARE GIVE UP!
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing
open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, next in Jan & Feb.