Yooper, as I think I've told you, I have no problem sharing my PCa experience with anyone who asks about
it. I don't often bring it up, but have even done so on the golf course when paired up with a stranger. It just depends on the nature of the conversation and whether or not it feels right to talk about
I've always felt I should do what I can to bring prostate cancer into the light. It's nothing I'm ashamed of, and my experience is that most people don't dwell on the fact that I've had cancer, but find it interesting and informative to learn that a guy can have cancer, be treated, and usually resume a normal life.
If I were a real young guy, I might feel differently. Not sure. When Casey talks about prostate cancer being two or three different diseases, I often think that it's also a different disease when a 40-year-old has to confront it than it is when a guy in his mid 60-s or 70's confronts it. PCa and its after-effects are tough enough to deal with when you're older. I surely would not have wanted to have to deal with it at such a young age. If I were in my 40's or 50's, I might want to keep quiet about it. Maybe.
Each of us is different, and how we react is also different. There's no requirement to act a certain way, and I don't think we should ever judge one another for either being open or closed about our cancer experience.
Dx June 2010.
PSA rose for 3 years to 6.2
Bx shows cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
5 brothers, ages 52-67 ; I'm only one with PCa
Continence after 7 weeks. ED lasted 24 months
PSA 1/3/10: <0.01; 6/12/11: <0.01, 1/26/12: <0.01