Congratulations sv on your downgrade to Gleason 7, and welcome to HW.
My reaction is much like David's, though, when I read comments such as, "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."
I challenge anyone to show me scientific proof that a positive mental attitude or meditation has any effect in reducing tumor size, lowering Gleason number, or improving cancer survivability. Obviously I'm happy about sv's outcomes, but we do a disservice to the many brave men and women who have fought cancer with their whole spirit, with wonderful positive attitudes, with courage beyond imagination, with stringent changes to lifestyle and diet, and yet the cancer has claimed their lives. It's as if we're saying that they just didn't fight hard enough.
I think we all should strive to have a positive attitude, since it's so obviously preferable to walking around in a state of depression, but we're deceiving ourselves and misleading readers of this forum if we pretend that meditation and a positive attitude can arrest cancer. It's also odd that we let this new age equivalent of "spiritualism" slide, when we would all be in a major snit if sv had claimed that prayer and daily devotions to St. Luke, patron of physicians, had reduced his cancer.
However, while I'm skeptical of the value of meditation and positive attitude, I applaud sv's whole body approach through nutrition and selection of a highly competent surgeon.