Thanks to Prostate Cancer . . . . .

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Water Guy
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   Posted 8/12/2011 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks to prostate cancer I have done things in the last 3 months that I never thought I would do in my lifetime. It is Friday afternoon and obviously I have too much time on my hands. BTW the following were definitely not on my bucket list either.
  1. Had major surgery with a robot named Davinci
  2. Had my private parts exposed to more poking, prodding and fondling by more strangers in 3 months than in the total in the first 60 years of my life
  3. talked openly to family, friends and even strangers about my PC, my penis and ED and associated treatments
  4. Wore Depends diapers and pads
  5. Self Injected my penis with  syringes  of erectile medications
  6. Searched the Internet for adult toys to help with  my ED problems
  7. And Finally today I walked into my first Adult Toy store and talked without embarrassment, with a 20 something pretty blond female clerk about information on purchasing penis pumps and "cock" rings to help with my ED injections and wishing I was 20 something again.

AGE 61 with fam hist of PC
PSA
1.5 5/09
2.5 6/10
3.5 12/10 ref URO
5.25 2/11 all DRE Neg

BX 4/13/11 2 of 12 cores diag both sides 15% & 20% GS7(3+4)
RALP nerve-sparing 6/8/11 path G7 pT2C, Marg-Lymph-Sem NEG, organ confined 60% tumor involved 69grms 4.3X4X3 cm
Cath removed 6/15 dry 7/1 first post PSA end of Aug.

8/4/11 start TRIMIX inject therapy for ED

Post Edited (Water Guy) : 8/12/2011 3:39:41 PM (GMT-6)


Sonny3
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   Posted 8/12/2011 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Kinda liberating ain't it. I remember making that same trip to the adult store and being waited on by the same type help. Who would have ever thunk it.

Sonny
60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09 Pathology: GS 4+3=7 Stage T
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
PSA .6 IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8
5/19/11 PSA 4.9
7/14/11 PSA 5.6

Water Guy
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   Posted 8/12/2011 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Sonny, In 2006 the Alabama legislature passed a bill making adult toy stores illegal and the particular one I was in today is the ONLY one in the state as it got grandfathered by the 2006 law. Lucky for me the store is only 8 miles from my house.  I got there shortly after it opened at 9am and it was doing a brisk business. I figured getting there early would mean fewer customers and less embarrassment. smilewinkgrin
 
Sonny, BTW Cajun Jeff tells me you are one great guy to know and a lot of fun at GFMPH gatherings.
 
Terry

clocknut
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   Posted 8/12/2011 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I've made that visit.  You feel as if you should rub some mud on your license plates, put on a hat and dark glasses, maybe pay cash instead of credit, and have a liberal supply of hand sanitizer in the car console for when you come out.

Water Guy
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   Posted 8/12/2011 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
clocknut said...
I've made that visit.  You feel as if you should rub some mud on your license plates, put on a hat and dark glasses, maybe pay cash instead of credit, and have a liberal supply of hand sanitizer in the car console for when you come out.
I agree and thanks for the good chuckle I just got.

Inspector 13
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   Posted 8/12/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -7)   
You are right, Water Guy, PC does change things. Its been almost two years since I started on the PC road. Biopsy, surgery, and office visits got me loosened up about the "private parts and functions". The uro needs to know if anything doesn't seem to be OK so all you can do is tell it like it is.

Dreamerboy
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   Posted 8/12/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard some especially positive types say that cancer is a "gift". If it's a gift, I think I'd like to exchange it for something a little more practical (perhaps even a nice pair of socks). However, while saying it's a "gift" is perhaps spreading it on a little thick, I think it does tend to open one's eyes to what is really important in life.
PSA: 7.4
Biopsy: July 4, 2011 @ age 52 -2 samples out of 12 positive, Gleason 6(3+3), both 30%
No treatment yet

Worried Guy
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   Posted 8/12/2011 8:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Water Guy,

While Cajun Jeff is telling the truth about Sonny, he is no slouch himself. He definitely brightens the room.
Don't know if you got the memo but GFMPH NY #3 is 9/23,24,25 at my place. You would fit right in. tongue

Jeff

Water Guy
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   Posted 8/13/2011 4:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Worried Guy
 
I do believe that you are on Cajun Jeff's list of the good guys along with Sonny. Cajun Jeff and I have already had several conversations and I look forward to meeting him and the PC gang someday soon. Unfortunately, the GFMPH #3 at your place is not doable this year but I want to go to #4. The only positive thing so far from my PC journey has been this forum and the Internet friendships and support from it. Can't wait for my first GFMPH party, thanks for the invite.
 
Actually I need to clarify something there has been one other positive from my PC Journey. It  brought my wife of 40 years and I closer than we have been in many years in a way it reinvigorated our marriage. However, it has also produced a negative we are so much "closer" that it makes us both so horny like we were in our 20's and 30's but I can't do a dam thing about it YET!! In the 2 months between my BX and the date with the robot we made sure my prostate ran on empty and it was returned with flat tires. yeah   
Terry the Water Guy

Post Edited (The Water Guy) : 8/13/2011 5:32:44 AM (GMT-6)


Sagittarian
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   Posted 8/13/2011 4:30 AM (GMT -7)   
:> (lol)
 
I will now have a different view when I pass those
p**n shops, with guys in black trenchcoats and dark
sun glasses.  I'll now think that it's another guy battling PCa.
 
 

aerie3
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   Posted 8/13/2011 4:45 AM (GMT -7)   
what the  ????
adult toy store....?   trench coats,  hide my license plate,,,
Is this my future ?
Tell me it aint so....   Someone remind me...  Why will i be going to the Adult store ???
 
what next ?  
 
nick

Southern Comfort
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   Posted 8/13/2011 7:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I have an adult toy "superstore" in my area. Sometime after my surgery I walked in to buy my wife a "toy." They must have had a hundred choices on a several aisles. I remember thinking what the ___ . So, I tried to look as cool as possible while I browsed and picked the most realistic/practical one I saw and went to the counter to pay for it. It was a young female cashier of course. She reminded me to not store the batteries in it. :-)
Age 51; dx at 50~10/2010 PSA 54.9
Nerve sparing RRP 12/2010; removed 14 lymph nodes
Pathology report: T3bN0MX, SVI, neg margin, G9
Dry at 2 months
Ureteral re-implantation surgery 2/25/2011
AHT, up to 3 yr: Lupron 11/22/10, 3/14/11, 7/11/11
All HT SE (including total ED) but still good libido; success w VED
Began ART 7/20/2011
Undetectable PSA so far

Herophilus
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   Posted 8/13/2011 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Southern Comfort ..... Please warn a guy would you. Now my wife is mad at me for spitting a mouth full of my lunch on the floor. Funny, very funny! Thanks.
Hero
Age 51 PSA 6.8
Bxy 10 of 12 Cores positive for Gleason 6. up to 75%
Robotic surg 11-02-09
Post op path. 20% neoplasm;4+3=7 Gleason
All nodes (14) and other related tissue negative for cancer
No EPE
Post op PSA x 3, all <0.01
walkbobwithjack.blogspot.com

Susan R
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   Posted 8/13/2011 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Seems this thread has been hijacked by the Adult store conversation, so I of course need to put in my thoughts. Being 41, I have been in adult bookstores since my 20's. There are lots of fun ideas to come out of a store like that. No need to be embarrassed, just imagine that everyone seeing you walk in is thinking "darn, his wife is lucky, he is a creative lover!" or "he must have a great love life"

Walk in like you belong there and don't forget the batteries!!! (haha)

Susan

April6th
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   Posted 8/13/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Of all the firsts I have had with PCa, probably the most memorable was my first night home from the hospital--it was the first night in 4 years I didn't have to get up and go pee once or twice during the night. It was my first solid night of sleep in 4 years.

Dan
Age: 55
My PSA rose from 3.2 to 5.1 over 1.5 years with Free PSA at 25% for the last two tests.
DRE showed no irregularities other than being a little large.
PCa diagnosed 4/6/10 after biopsy
1 out of 12 biopsy samples was positive with 5% of biopsy sample cancerous
Gleason 3+4
Davinci surgery 6/1/10 -- post op Gleason 3+3
Latest PSA (April 2011) <.1
Zero Club member (renewable every 6 months)

Water Guy
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   Posted 8/13/2011 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
 
No Susan you have not hijacked this thread as this was in my OP and the one thing I thought most I would never do in my lifetime but forced to by PC.
 
After being there yesterday and observing several very attractive and young girls in the Toy store I can totally relate to your comment:
"No need to be embarrassed, just imagine that everyone seeing you walk in is thinking "darn, his wife is lucky, he is a creative lover!" or "he must have a great love life"
My first thoughts were, wow how lucky their husbands or boyfriends were. LOL
 
Terry

 

 


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