We're all right here to support you, starting now. We can all relate to the day you heard the news from your doctor and we're all walking this path along with you right now. It takes some time to deal with the news, grapple with the medical treatments, and to find your way along the trail again ...
My initial PSA was over 100, with a diagnosis of prostate cancer that had already spread to both of my lungs. The news sent me reeling, so I can relate to your emotions. I started on treatments right away, and began to see results, which encouraged me greatly. I was just in my 40s when diagnosed, and had perfect health up to that point in time. I've been on ADT hormone shots continuously since my diagnosis, plus a round of Taxotere chemotherapy treatments, and now I'm on one of the new breakthrough drugs called ZYTIGA to control my cancer. Recently, I also went to Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, to do some additional scans and to get a second opinion.
Over time, I've formed a medical team consisting of my original urologist, my primary oncologist, and now Dr. Kwon from Mayo Clinic. Adding an oncologist to my team was an important step in my treatment plan.
I want to send you some hope and encouragement right now. I am fortunate in that I've been able to keep working full-time each day and I have kept up with all my usual activities since being diagnosed. I'm heading towards my third Christmas since being diagnosed and I hope that hearing that is a strong message of encouragement to you right now.
This forum will provide you with feedback, care, concern, and SUPPORT right now. When you first get diagnosed, you need that --- we all need that. So posting your message here is your first step towards connecting with everyone here.
Remember --- we're all in this together --- we're all here to support you as you begin your journey --- and I wanted to wish you the best as you begin your treatments. Please keep in touch and let us know how you are doing and how your treatments are going.
Sent with my best to you,
Post Edited (ISU-CycloneFan) : 10/18/2015 3:50:27 PM (GMT-6)