Posted 3/8/2014 8:46 AM (GMT -7)
The will to live, is a mighty strong force in most people, regardless of their status.
I for one, never separate people here into groups. We are all "one" with prostate cancer, whether it be an one-core minor amount of Gleason 6, or someone dealing with Gleason 9/10. The brotherhood (and sisters) are all inclusive as far as I am concerned.
We fight the same enemy, for sure, but each warrior has different battles on different days. Some we win, some we lose, but for the majority, we stay in the fight to the end.
As in a real war, some of our brothers don't make it, and we grieve for them on one hand, and rejoice that they no longer are suffering in the flesh.
I joke to people that think I am brave, when I am not, I am just fighting to be alive like the next guy, and perhaps at times, with all I endure, I am just too stupid to duck, instead of always taking the hit.
Plus, what is the alternative to me? Just lay down, give up and die? Never going to happen with me, as long as my mind holds strong, I will keep on taking the punches in stride, and continue my policy of not "worrying" about anything. Concerned? Abo****ely. Worried, never.
Age: 61, 56 at PC dx, PSA 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/8 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, 4+3
open RP: 11/8, Catheter in 63 days
Path Rpt: 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% tumor, 1 pos margin
Incontinence & ED: None
Surgery Failed, recurrence within 9 months
Salvage Radiation 10/9-11/9, SRT failed within 9 months, PSA: Too High
Spent total of 1 ½ years on 21 catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10,
7 other PC-related surgeries