So many great points, I'm sure I will just be repeating what has been said, but i really am striving to get my post count up to make veteran member....
When someone new posts, just saying hi and welcome, making them know that someone is there and listening. Nothing worse than posting for the first time in the forum, and not getting any response. In The Shop does a wonderful job of this.... i personally think his shop has 4-5 monitors setup, and an alert
on any new post...
I think the best thing you can do, is to summarize your journey, your decisions, how you came to them, and if you were happy with the decisions. None of us are medical professionals, nor do we have access to all the medical records, which we all know, just the points posted isn't always the full picture. More important, every case is both physically AND mentally different.
Men (and women), come for different reasons. Some come for information, others are truly just reaching out for support. The misery loves company mentality.
So, for especially the new guys, let's welcome them, answer questions as they ask them, and just tell your story to them. The posts that push personal agendas are not helpful, and end up confusing them. Don't throw every stat in the book at them, one, it overwhelms, two, most people cherry pick their stats to pick their agenda.
Anyway....that's a lot of words, with a pretty simple point.... try to remember your first post and feelings. Be emotionally supportive, give personal experiences....with the caveat that all PCa is different in different people.
Age 43 at DX - Born in 1971fightsurvivethrive.blogspot.com
5/2015 - Blood in urine, started tons of tests
7/2015 - Finally diagnosed with PCa after biopsy of spot in lungs
Mets - Lymph, Bones, Lung
Initial PSA - 5620
7/27/2015 - Started Casodex
8/10/2015 - First Lupron shot (3 months)
8/10/2015 - PSA 1920
9/28/2015 - PSA 42 T=20
10/5/2015 - Start Taxotere
10/26/2015 - PSA 28