Thanks for this thread Redwing. So far I am a very lucky G9 T3A and want to offer hope and inspiration. I read all of the posts above and wanted to respond to each and everyone of them, but there is just not enough room with one exception. A special shout out to Putt to send strength and encouragement during his tough times.
My signature tells most of the story.
How did I find out:
I knew it was coming 25 years ago. Battled BPH and paruresis (shy bladder) since my 20's. Strong history of Cancer in my family. Grandparents on both sides. Both parents passed when they were only 45.
I put off my 50 yr physical until I was 51. GP said DRE was normal but PSA came back 47.?. 7 other Dr.s felt lumps with DRE's. I found this forum doing my own research and it may have saved my life. I was lucky to be able to search out many second opinions and choose a top surgeon. I even fired the first Uro.
The surgeon I chose convinced me by saying that surgery would give me a 2fer! I would be able to pee like a teenager again and there was a very good chance that he could get it all. After living the nightmare of paruresis for 20 years, I was ready for a major change in my life. Surgeon wanted me to do 'light dose ART' because margins were indeterminate. RO wanted full dose, which gave me pause. I decided to reserve some arrows in my quiver IF needed, rather than doing possibly unnecessary treatments. There is no right or wrong answer, just a personal choice.
How am I doing:
They say sometimes it's better to be lucky, than good! That is how I win pool tournaments also! 2 yrs out I am still undetectable. I still wear a pad or 2 per day depending on how active I am. I am having great success with Trimix and .25 mg Viagra daily. AND I CAN NOW PEE ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!
I am well aware of how lucky I am...so far. And I want all the newly DX'd to know there is luck and hope. And the rest of us to realize that no matter where you are in this journey, there is always hope with newer and better treatments coming out. It seems like a daily announcement on the news about
these new treatments and I grab them and put them in my quiver with the rest of my arrows.
Thank you all, stay strong and FIGHT!
Post Edited (Startech) : 10/7/2013 11:13:23 AM (GMT-6)