My post - RP experience was very much like Peter's (maybe even less fun) so I won't go into that now. Instead I will tell the story of my followup EBRT following my RARP and during my ADT chemo. Sorry if this is a bit strange.
I am a Taekwondo (Korean Karate) practitioner, have been for more than 45 years. I hold an advanced black belt, haven't been in a Dojang (karate school) for many years now but still practice daily.
When I started EBRT, there was a little Korean lady scheduled right before me, I would see her on the way out as I was on the way in. Every day I would thank her for warming up the table for me, with a big, warm smile. After a few days she had to start chemo too, so her husband showed up in the waiting room to drive her to chemo. (She didn't feel so good after) I thought he looked familiar so I struck up a conversation with him. He turned out to be the Grand Master who had promoted me when he came into town for testings. Every weekday morning for 1 & 1/2 months we would talk, he would ask me to show him how I performed particular techniques and how I would respond to certain situations....a very thorough grilling, actually, and all over the boards.
On the last day of his wife's therapy, he got all serious and told me:
"I live Taekwondo, my whole life has been Taekwondo, I have lived Taekwondo since I was a little boy in Korea after WWII. While we have been talking I have been secretly testing you. Now I have test results for you. You no need to study Taekwondo any more, no need test in Taekwondo any more. You have become like me, you have become
Taekwondo. You are Taekwondo graduate
black belt." He then shook my hand, gave me congratulations, his wife gave me a big hug and they were gone.
Not a day goes by since then that I have not thought about
that experience, it made a major positive difference to me.
On another topic, my wife and I have taken this opportunity to deepen our non - physical relationship and to further appreciate how much we mean to each other as friends and partners. We are going to get through this even stronger than we went into it regardless of my challenges.