Tony, may the Lord love and keep you too.
I spent Friday night in a hospital emergency lying on a stretcher not sure if I was checking out. At 5 a.m. the doctor said he didn't have any idea why I'd been having such chest pains since 11 that morning, but try as he might, he couldn't find anything wrong with my heart.
I'd been lying there thinking what a great life I'd had, and if in a short while it was to end, I had no complaints, and so many blessings. One of the blessings I counted was the friends I feel I have here at HW, and you Tony are high on that list. You, and many others here have taught me so much. Certainly about prostate cancer in my hour of need, but more fundamentally you have taught me that kindness, respect, open mindedness, caring, are all possible in the midst of adversity.
I'm a long way from perfect, but to the extent there is something good within, part of that goodness traces to your example, Tony, and to many, many others here.
I congratulate you on your four years, and I thank you for sharing, for your work here on this forum and for being a friend to all of us.
Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours. Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn --- perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7
First post op PSA Sept 09 less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02