Three years ago this morning, my wife and I parked on the top level of one of the parking garages at Barnes-Jewish hospital in downtown St. Louis and headed for the surgery center for my 9 o'clock appointment for RALP.
4 that afternoon I woke up in PACU minus my prostate.
At 3 years, I have no indications that my next blood draw will be anything but undetectable, and my next Uro visit is the first week of March. I know I'm one of the lucky ones--final pathology was G3+4, in all 4 quadrants of the gland, with no significant urinary or erectile side effects. I also know that without this happening, I would never have met you wonderful folks. I'm not as active here as I have been at other times, and that's ok--life is different and in many ways better than ever.
For those who are just joining us--I want to say a warm welcome, and let you know there is life--and plenty of it--after diagnosis and treatment.
Age at Diagnosis: 56
RALP on 2/17/15, BJC St. Louis, Dr. Figenshau
58.5g, G3+4, 20%, 4 quadrants involved
PSA 3/10/15: 0.10
My Story: www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=3300024