But do any/some/most of you take meds to releive the stress on an ongoing basis?
Bob on Cape Cod.
The best thing you can do to relieve stress is to start an aerobic program where you get at least 150 minutes per week of good cardio type exercise. This is the type that will bring you heart rate up to about
220 minus your current age and keep it there for fifteen minutes to an hours. Numerous studies have shown that this amount of exercise is needed for health, indeed that our bodies are hard wired for it. Depending on your present condition you may be able to start at this level, or even exceed it, or it may require some build up. I personally like to get the aerobic training in the great outdoors, but all decent gyms have a variety of aerobic trainers. I personally use the stationary cycling machine a lot because I also like to cycle outdoors abut there are numerous others so people can find something they like to do.
Another thing I would recommend is that you take up some type of activity that will keep you busy and keep your mind off prostate cancer, to the extent possible. Many of us with aggressive forms of PCa spend a lot of our time obsessing about
it in one way or the other, and I don't believe that is good for us.
But above all try to start an aerobic training program. It will help you with stress, but also in many other ways.
Age 66, PC diagnosed 7/2009 at age 65
Stage: T2c, Gleason: 9 (4 + 5), 6 of 6 cores positive
Bone, CAT and MIR scans negative
Treatment: brachytherapy (103 palladium), 100 gy, 11/2009 + IMRT on Novalis, 45 gy, 3/2010 + ADT3 (Lupron + Casodex+Avodart)
PSA: 7/2009, At time of diagnosis -- 11.9
10/2009 -- 5.0 ; 12/2009 -- 0.56 ; 5/2010 -- 0.15
8/9/2010 -- 0.06 ; 11/2010 -- 0.013; 3/25/2011-- 0.005