This is an interesting thread.
However, keep in mind there is a difference between having a good pathology and a string of undetectables vs. having a bad pathology and a rising PSA.
We are all at different stages of this journey and hence some situations might be more anxiety-prone.
Additionally, it is very clear that we all react differently and handle stress differently.
An interesting sub-topic:
I have always been a self-starter and yet relaxed and able to handle stress quite well. In fact, I spent many years as a high school administrator and I was the point guy in dealing with obnoxious parents (we had a more genteel terminology for this, but you get the picture). In short, I've always been good at handling difficult situations. I've also been good at thinking ahead and anticipating situations (and having a plan in place to handle those situations).
Yet, I have found the current situation hard to handle. I'm sure it's due to that helpless feeling of events overtaking you. There is no clear path to this fight and we are at the mercy of the next PSA test. I might add that I have still been good at anticipating situations pertaining to this PC and having a plan in place.
So, my question to all of you is:
How good were you at handle high-stress situations in your previous life (ie: before PC) and did you find any differences in handling the PC situation.
PSA-- 3/08--2.90; 8/09--4.01; 11/09--4.19 (PSAf: 24%), PCA3 =75 .Biopsy 11/30/09. Gleason 4+3. Age: 64. Surgery: Dr. Menon @Ford Hospital, 1/26/10. Pathology Report: G 4+3. Nodes: Clear. PNI: yes. SVI: No. EPE: yes. Pos. Margin: Yes-- focal-- 1 spot .5mm. 100% continent by 3/10. ED- yes.. PSA on 3/10/10-: 0.01. PSA on 6/21/10--0.02. 9/21/10--0.06; 1/4/11-0.13,3/1/11--0.27. Now doing SRT