Hello Lou ---
You've found a great resource right here --- members here to encourage you, listen to you, and to support you.
We're all in this, Lou --- TOGETHER ! One for all, and all for one !
What will you find here ? A band of brothers --- a sense of fellowship --- and a strong bond of camaraderie --- 'round the clock --- seven days a week --- and yes, even holidays. Can't ask for more than that, can you ?
When you first get diagnosed and start considering treatments, it's of tremendous comfort to find some others who can walk alongside you, as your treatments get started. That's why all the members are here --- and now, even more importantly --- YOU are here.
I wanted to share a bit of my story, in the hope that it will encourage you, Lou.
I was diagnosed, out of the blue, with advanced prostate cancer, when I was in my 40s --- after a lifetime of perfect health.
I am a teacher, and a brand new school year had just begun --- I didn't have time to even wrap my mind around things, but I knew I needed to get treatments started. At the time of my diagnosis, the prostate cancer had already infiltrated both of my lungs.
I'm now in my fifth year of survivorship, Lou. I guess when I first got diagnosed, I had the thought that most fellows have, but they just don't want to express aloud. I wondered, "Will I even live until Christmas with a diagnosis like this?"
Thankfully, my doctors began talking about TREATMENTS ... and they spoke of how the treatment landscape was evolving, with new medications and treatments that have become F.D.A. approved within the past decade.
My treatment history is shown below my signature. I am thankful that the treatments that I have pursued have helped me a great deal over time.
I have continued teaching full time since the day I was diagnosed I was diagnosed five years ago. There's been five more Christmas seasons to celebrate ... five more Super Bowls to watch ... five more New Year's Day holidays on the calendar ... five more summer seasons ... and yes, five more birthdays, Lou.
I stay active ... I walk each day ... I attend social events ... I volunteer ... I stay active ... and I live life to the fullest extent.
I have formed a strong and trusted bond with my doctors, over time. Treatments can have a powerful impact --- as the members here can attest. I am just one of those members ...
One thing I have learned, Lou --- never underestimate the importance of staying connected with your family, friends, and faith, in whatever form that might take for you.
I have other friends, who stand alongside me, with a shared health diagnosis. We have a saying that I'd like to share with you .... "A cancer diagnosis might be a new chapter in your life's story, but don't EVER let a cancer diagnosis become the TITLE of your BOOK OF LIFE." Words to live by, that might be encouraging to you today ...
Along the way, over the course of time, you will develop even more courage, resilience, determination, and fortitude.
I would like to invite you to read a thread that many members here put together. I think you will find it helpful and inspiring.
Up in the top corner of your screen, you will see a SEARCH BOX. In that search box, type this thread title, as follows: LETTERS TO THE NEWLY DIAGNOSED.
The moment you type in that title, click on the post, and letters will appear ... written by our members here, for those who just received a health diagnosis.
Let us know how you're doing, Lou --- we're here for you, every step of the way. Keep posting --- we'll leave the front porch light on for you!
Handshake, from across the miles,
CYCLONE --- 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, & currently ZOLADEX
Subsequent Treatments: Chemotherapy (TAXOTERE) & ZYTIGA & RADIATION
Additional Consultant - Dr. KWON - Mayo Clinic
Current PSA Level: < 0.50, Treatments Ongoing