In another thread, she posted for the first time, so I'm moving here story to a subject all it's own. Welcome to the Forum, I hope you can find all the help and support you need here. Don't be shy about
asking any questions.
Hi, I am a new member. My husband was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer in late April 2011. It came as an absolute shock, as we had several contraindications; several tests that indicated chronic prostatitis, and other misunderstood or missed diagnosis.
By the time that he had fractured his 3rd vertabrae (C4) a hip biopsy was finally done to determine why all this was happening. After his neck was stabilized, he received 5 consecutive treatments of radiation for the tumors on his spine, at L3, T5 and C4. He also began hormone therapy (Casodex), Luprone injections and recently had his first Zometa injection. His PSA was at 2500 when he first saw the oncologist, but was down to 33 by his first Zometa injection. The oncologist was pleased that the HT is, at this time, effective.
We have had wonderful support from family and friends, with many people praying for us.
My concern is for the road ahead. I want to know more about
what to expect with this disease (at least I think that I want to know). So far, he has been off work since April, with the C4 fracture and the PCa diagnosis. (he remains in a neck brace for 24/7 support and we await news from the spine doctors to asssess recent X-rays) I am on leave from work as well, so that I can take care of him. My husband is experiencing fatigue, weakness in the legs and arms (from the fractures as well as the HT). He still makes me laugh, so there is nothing wrong with his "funny bone"! And he can still play his guitar, which he has several of. (he often quotes some famous musician, "One wife, many guitars.")
Anyways, just wanting to be in touch with others who have a similar journey. Up until this diagnosis, we have not had the challenges and issues that so many others have had to face. And so, here we are.