David, I see from this thread that you've got the possibility of HT in your future, and a quick look back shows me that you've had some not so good PSA news while I was off helping Tiger with his putting.
I'm astounded that the radiation hasn't worked, but I know you'll wrestle this to the ground as you have all your other challenges.
However, I also know that the process is painful, disheartening, and can mess with your head space.
As we slide into the Easter Season I'll be putting your name on the church's prayer list and throwing in a few well chosen words of my own. I can't tell you that either the church's prayer list, or my own well chosen words, have a solid track record of success --- or, indeed, anything better than statistical averages --- but I figure, like chicken soup, they can't hurt.
You know from my previous posts that my dad had an orcheictomy ( "I don't know why at my age I should much care," he said, "but it does give you pause when I think about it!) and HT and had an excellent result, and minimal side effects.
You remain, as always, a huge inspiration to me --- not because you're superhuman, but rather because you're not. You hurt, suffer, worry, freak out, just as I do and still you reach down deep, and soldier on. While I don't (yet?) have the PCa issues you've had, I have had some challenges in recent years of a different sort and your example has given me courage, stamina and determination. Thank you.
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