As one of the older members of the forum here (both in terms of my chronological age and in terms of my length of forum participation), I am certainly aware, as virtually all of us will be, of the standard treatments for this illness of ours, PCa.
There is surgery, radiation, active surveillance, and perhaps the argument that certain other things also prove useful.
Well, I would like to submit that there is something else that indeed qualifies as a kind of treatment for this condition we share: participation in a high-quality online information-and-support forum such as this one.
HW PC is a virtual fountain of information and support for so many, all year long.
It treats our spirits, in a way like those other things mentioned above treat our bodies.
Any of us can come here anytime, ask for and receive information, find out about
new treatments and medications, learn from the shared experiences of others, and, if we feel the need to do so at times, even engage in a rant, knowing that we will be fully understood and accepted.
Let us all be grateful for that, the opportunities that HW PC presents us to do all these things.
Treatment for the spirit.
Something else. Here in the Southeastern U.S. there is a chain of grocery stores called Publix Supermarkets. The company for this chain has had a tradition for several years now of running heart-warming TV spots about
practicing and enjoying the spirit of Christmas. Some might consider their spots sentimental and naive, but perhaps they do offer a certain charming picture of what the spirit of Christmas really should mean.
Such as this one, the welcoming spirit of which, when I saw it, sort of reminded me of the kind of welcoming spirit that I have seen practiced here in this forum so often:/www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWv2IpgTjhA
I have seen so many times that those who come here, new, can expect this same kind of welcoming spirit.
This is great forum, and let us all strive to keep it as helpful and useful to others who come here in the coming year as it has proven to be for us in the past.
And on that note, may I close by wishing you all
A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Chronic prostatitis (age 60 on)
BPH w/ urinary obstruction, 6/2011
Ongoing high PSA, 7/2011-12/2011
Biopsy, 12/2011: positive 3/12 (90%, 70%, 5%)
Gleason 6(3+3), T1c
No mets, PCa likely still organ contained
IMRT w/ HT (Lupron), 4/2012-6/2012
PSAs (since post-IMRT): 0.1 or lower