Posted 3/21/2013 10:04 PM (GMT -7)
A very good friend of mine sent me the link to a Lance Armstrong Foundation called ReelRecovery and encouraged me to sign up. I did submit an application and was accepted for the June Retreat.
The website states that ReelRecovery is a cancer retreat that is a few days in duration, a Reel Recovery retreat can be a life-changing event for men battling cancer. The program blends outdoor activity with directed conversations to create a unique environment conducive to relaxed, open interactions.
Retreats are offered at no cost to the participants and are led by professional psychosocial facilitators and expert fly-fishing instructors. A maximum of twelve men are invited to participate, to ensure the quality of the instruction and to create a powerful small-group dynamic.
The program is designed to be both experiential and reflective, to develop group camaraderie as well as individual skills, and to build bonds of friendship that provide a reservoir of personal hope.
The web address is as follows: http://www.reelrecovery.org
I love to fly fish and still early in learning how to be a better fisherman. I am signed up for retreat one month after my 38 sessions of radiation. This gives me something to look forward to, fishing with pros, and having breakout sessions with fellow cancer patients and survivors and be able to share out inner most feelings and worries with each other.
I would encourage you all to check out their website and consider it for yourself or for all those amazing spouses, children and grandchildren that are supporting a man with prostate cancer, and all kind of cancers that a man may experience.
I will report back and let you know about the experience after the Retreat concludes.
I hope something like this will give you something to look forward to if you are interested.
Good luck and best wishes to all of us struggling with PCa and to all mankind who are struggling with cancer. As I was walking out of my radiation session today, a little boy (about five years of age) was in a wheel chair with mom and dad. grandparents, uncles and aunts all in tears of fear of the unknown. It tugged my heart and I teared up for the boy saying a silent prayer that the heavens will open up and bless this boy and take the disease away so he could have the kind of life that I have been able to have.
DRE Positive, Tumor Left Apex, Biopsy 7 out of 12 positive, Gleason 9 (5+4) both sides, Dx 2/15/11,
RRP 4/27/11. Pathology, 25% cancer, PCa in margins, lymph node, seminal vesicles, pt3bI, One lymph node positive
12-19-12 Lost my less than sign on my ultra-senstivie PSA test. Currently 0.01
1st Lupron Shot (45 mg) and Cassodex on January 11, 2013
IMRT Scheduled for 38 sessions.