My wife and I had a great time this weekend at my 50th class reunion. We drove 350 miles to southwestern Illinois and spent the evening with a lot of people whom I haven't seen since graduation way back in 1963.
I found out death has claimed 19 individuals out of a class of 160.
Several times I looked around at the fairly large group of men my age who were similarly enjoying the reunion and found myself wondering if any of them had ever had to deal with prostate cancer. Or, were any of those who did not attend perhaps dealing with health problems such as PCa?
But, I didn't mention my experience with prostate cancer to anybody at the reunion. The whole issue seemed completely irrelevant, and I just didn't see any point in mentioning anything about cancer.
I wonder if anyone else has found themselves in a similar situation and how you may have handled it. I have absolutely no problem talking about my experience with cancer, but the reunion just didn't seem like the right time or place.
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.PSA 1/3/10: <0.01; 6/12/11: <0.01, 1/26/12: <0..01; 10/12: <0.01