Lovely to hear from you guys. Michael_T - LOL! I'm sure you WERE missed by your family - sometimes folk have a funny way of showing it! I hear you about
responding to posts. Because people were so kind and welcoming to us when we joined the forum a year ago, I really want to return the favour, but of course I have nothing "informative" to offer in terms of actual PCa info, so sometimes I think I should just read and not join in. Especially with the very high risk guys, as GG is in a much smaller (but still leaky) boat, and I'm probably as useful as a mosquito to all those good folk. Still, whenever I see a new name pop up, I really want to let that person know they've found the greatest place in the world for support and encouragement (not to mention the best up to date medical information available) but never know whether I should or shouldn't. It's definitely a dilemma for me.
JNF you really did get around! We've always loved Thailand too, but this was our first trip to Viet Nam - Hanoi was absolutely fascinating, and totally gorgeous in a crumbling, ancient patina'd kind of way. BTW, I always follow everything you post so closely, as, with your very high PSA and "difficult" Gleason 7 your stats are very similar in many ways to my GG (although your tx was entirely different of course). And if we'd found this forum before jumping, GG's tx may well have been very different too. Can't change that now of course, and he is happy with his decision so that's all that matters.
John_TX - sounds as though your posting was tough - I guess that would definitely put a whole different slant on things for you. In your case, I sure don't blame you for not wanting to go back. Shame though, as the country is very beautiful in parts.
Pratoman - you sure are a sucker for punishment! That sounds like a whole lot of (often) very difficult information to digest - I find this one forum exhausting sometimes, but like you, just can't tear myself away. When this journey began for us, I fished around on a few forums for info, but now it's only HW all the way. The best by a country mile. I can totally understand why it must be overwhelming for you some days. But please know we all follow your progress closely and support you every step of the journey. As for RobLee you are a terrible teaser!
TA: I had every intention of getting stuck into Thaw's Hammer while I was away, but Amazon wouldn't let me download it (maybe because we're in Aus - or perhaps it's just because I'm a complete computer luddite?!) - I tried several times with no success. However, now we're back I will just order a hard copy. Nicer in many ways (as far as I'm concerned). I'm a bit old fashioned with still enjoying holding things in my hands, like books, CDs etc.
All the best to you all, and have a wonderful weekend. It's bitterly cold here, but the sun is shining - always a good thing. Will rug up and get the legs moving!
Dx May 2016 age 57. PSA 23.4
DaVinci RARP 1 July 2016
G 4(50%)+3 = 7 (Grade group 3)
Large TZ Tumour (apex to base) = 10% of prostate
PNI- EPE- SVI-
Lymph invasion (x 8) not identified. No positive margins.
PSA's to date = <0.01