I don't deny the power of the mind. Sometimes, some of us are able to will ourselves into states of mind in which we feel better than others and maybe even live longer than others. I can say from personal experience that I have a fairly high tolerance to pain, that I shrug off minor illnesses, that I think most things that make us sick cure themselves in a few days or a few weeks regardless of what, if anything, we do. Suck it up and carry on, that's me.
But I have no tolerance for the assignment of blame by those who believe they hold the key to mystical immunity from disease or who believe that those of us who are dealt a bad hand are somehow responsible for being at the short end of the odds. There is a curve for most things. I acknowledge that I'm on the left end of the bell-shaped curve in terms of those who contract PCA. But I am also pleased, and somewhat ashamed, to admit that I am on the extreme right end of the bell-shaped curve in terms of those who have done way better than their pathology reports or staging would predict.
It is not a matter of personal responsibility or lifestyle choices. If you toss enough coins all things are possible. Most of us end in the middle of the curve given a standard deviation--one side or the other. But some of us exceed the odds--either for better or worse. But it isn't a matter of belief or responsibility. It's just luck of the draw.
That's what I believe. I don't want to argue with anyone about
responsibility. I don't want to hear anyone's anecdotal report of miraculous cures or of personal responsibility for failure to cure. It's a numbers game. Most of us are close the mean; some of us are above, some of us below. So it goes. It's a roll of the dice.
-DX March 2002 - PSA 9.4, needle biopsy PCa 75% left lobe.Small focus right.
-RP April 2002. Pathology PT3B N0 MX Gleason=7 (3+4), seminal vesicle involvement. No lymph node involvement.
-Post-surgery PSA low of 0.01; slow rise to 0.4 (August 2009).
-SRT Jan/Feb 2010. Enlarged lymph node near prostate bed targeted. Casodex 3 months during SRT
-PSA 0.00 Jan 2013
Post Edited (Bohemond) : 5/17/2013 8:30:26 PM (GMT-6)