Welcome to a corner of the world --- filled with compassion, care, and comraderie !
Based on your age that you shared, we are in the same age range --- so, I just wanted to reach out to you with a message of support.
You're facing a diagnosis and it's emotionally tough at first, as you know --- so much to think about --- a whirlwind of emotions --- fears, worries, anxieties --- restless, sleepless nights --- we've all been there and we're here to lend some support RIGHT NOW.
We've got a BAND OF BROTHERS here --- dedicated to reaching out to others --- and we also provide a listening ear, some advice if needed, some solace ... and along the way, we also share our treatment experiences ... all in the interest of helping other readers.
This forum is composed of members from all over the United States ... every "corner of the country" ... and we've got loyal members here from Canada, Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia, as well ... it's a tremendous resource.
We've got members checking in here, 'round the clock, 365 days a year --- weekends and holidays, too ! It's a tremendous network of support that you've discovered here ... and the outpouring of support can be incredible, just when a fellow needs it the most !
You are invited to look back through past posts, located in the archived pages from the bottom of your screen ... this forum has been going for YEARS ... if you have a specific topic you are interested in, simply type a key phrase into the search box located at the top of your screen.
With that being said --- over time, the "whirlwind effect" will slow down for you --- you'll learn more about your diagnosis --- you will begin to form a bond with your doctors --- and a treatment PLAN will emerge --- after you are finished up with all the testing in front of you --- so, keep breathing --- stay with us --- we're all in this TOGETHER with you. Comraderie to be found --- RIGHT HERE !
With that being said --- there's no substitute for keeping up with your usual activities and hobbies and social events --- I'm a firm believer in staying in close touch with your family, friends, and faith, in whatever form that takes for you. Over time, you will form a TEAM OF SUPPORT in your life --- neighbors, work colleagues, community members, old classmates, church friends, relatives ... they will all RALLY AROUND YOU and support you in incredible ways.
I'm a school teacher, diagnosed in my 40s, with an advanced case --- I have tremendous doctors and have pursued treatments since diagnosis and have had very meaningful success --- I have continued my teaching career, without any interruption --- stayed active with my family and friends --- continued with all my hobbies and interests --- exercise --- volunteer work --- all of it. There are hundreds of success stories here, as you will see over time ... and I wanted to share a message of HOPE with you today ! We all need that --- HOPE !
I give thanks every day for my blessings and continue to face forward, as my treatments have continued over time. I also have a lot of gratitude for the support I have experienced from my family and friends --- my teaching colleagues --- church members and community members --- and my school students, as well.
I just wanted to reach out to you, and to let you know we're here for you. Continue to post ... continue to keep us informed ... let us know how you are faring as your tests continue and treatment plan begins to emerge ---and meanwhile, we'll keep the front porch light on for you in the days ahead ! Visit often !
Sent with my best, from across the miles,
"Cyclone Fan" - from Iowa State University
PSA At Diagnosis In Year 2013 : 138
Initial Diagnosis: Advanced Prostate Cancer, With Metastases In Both Lungs
Age At Diagnosis: 48 years
ADT Treatments: LUPRON, FIRMAGON, and currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy Treatments (TAXOTERE) & now ZYTIGA
Additional Medical Consultant - Dr. Eugene KWON - Mayo Clinic
PSA Level: Currently < 0.10, With Treatments Ongoing