Since I am now officially six months post surgery, it feels like a good time for an update.
First off, my 6 month blood draw and Uro visit is Monday the 24th. I'll post the results when I get them. I have no reason to believe that I'll have anything other than a "<".
Looking back, the last almost-a-year has been one heck of a roller coaster ride adventure. It all started in mid-September when I called my PCP to schedule my annual physical. Who knew where that simple, regular activity would lead? In my case it led me to the urologist, then to a biopsy, then to THIS PLACE, then to offices and consultations and research and books to read. Never mind the phone calls to my mother, my kids. The planning and scheduling. Getting to know, in the virtual sense, a lot of men and a few women who showed the way through with grace and courage and more than a few laughs.
I'd like to be an encouraging voice to the many men who are scared to death of what could happen as a result of treatment. In truth, my only lingering side effect seems to be a dramatic shortening of the time I'm able to 'hold' my bladder. Other than that, everything is working just fine. I have a stock of the thin Depend shields, and I wear one occasionally if I think I'm going to be in a situation where bathrooms may not be readily available...or if I'm wearing white pants.
ED is a non-issue. I'm able to "rise to the occasion" when called upon. Yes, things take a little longer to get ready than they used to, but I fail to see that as a bad thing. The Mrs is happy with it, and we are both satisfied, so that's another good thing.
The other long term effect I see is that I do, truly, look at life differently. I'm a lot less willing to put up with unnecessary baloney at work than in the past. I'm a lot more willing to call others on their BS. Life is too short to not enjoy it. The big decision of the year....after the tx decision that is....that I've got a solid date in mind for retirement. Now, there could be things that would drive it later, but the goal is real.
And, last but not least, I really do embrace what I feel like is my obligation to this forum. You guys were here when I came in, and told me what I needed to hear. I hope to do my best to do the same for the next new guy.
I just noticed that this will be post 998 for me. That seems like a lot for only about
10 months. Either I'm way too bored, or I'm just a bit obsessed. Either way, it looks like you're all stuck with me. For those going to GFMPH in a month...I'll see you there!
Age at Diagnosis: 56
Biopsy: 3 of 12, G3+3, all on LT side, 20%, 5%, 3%
Clinical Stage T1C
Bone Scan, CT scan negative for spread
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
No EPE, 20% organ involvement, g3+4 final
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
My Story: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3300024