Wow. Five years ago today I received The Call, and life changed forever. Some prefer to forget, but I think these milestone life events are important. They affect who we are.
It was a devastating day, followed by a few more. Tests, more tests, not much good news; then radiation, hormone therapy, 3 years worth.
And yet, today I feel great! I just had another follow up PSA, coming in at 0.8. Two years after all the treatments ended my PSA is pretty much varying around 0.7 +/- 0.1 or so, the typical variability of the standard test (according to my med onc). I'd be a little more comfy with a lower value, but that's a decent number. My testosterone is better than baseline! Sure, there are some apparently permanent physical changes, but the side effects are really less then expected.
Many new friendships have developed from this situation, new perspectives on life, greatly deepened faith, a greater appreciation for every single day. There's a newfound joy in reaching out to others just starting on this road. There is joy in helping those lost in the initial vortex to find their feet and begin thinking about
solutions rather than the problem.
We never know what the future holds; making the most of every day seems a worthy goal.
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55@Dx on 4/16/13. G9(5+4), cT3a by MRI.
IGRT - 44 sessions (79.2 Gy)
ADT2 - Lupron+Casodex (3 yrs)
PSA <0.1 : 8/13 - 5/16; steady at 0.7+/- 0.1 since 3/17My Story
Post Edited (Redwing57) : 4/16/2018 12:58:44 PM (GMT-6)