A serious topic, to be sure, but perhaps one helpful to discuss.
Identifying fears is a good way to overcome them, or at least to try and control them. Just the act itself of identifying fears may suggest specific steps that can be taken to alleviate them.
The fears I listed in the survey above are just some that came to mind as I was thinking about
starting this thread. Of course there are others. Feel free to mention below any that you have found to be especially concerning, that you would like to bring up.
Again, talking about
them may help to overcome them. Especially if we learn that others have had them as well, and have devised ways to deal with them.
Sometimes fears can be irrational. Maybe a discussion such as this one could help bring that out as well, and provide an opportunity to recognize that irrationality and root it out.
For example, until I thought about
doing this thread, I didn't realize that I had one. A subconscious one at that. I was coming to realize in thinking about
this thread that at some inner level I had actually been worrying about
"the effect on my loved ones" (above survey choice) on my two sons. Which was silly, since they're both grown adults now with their own lives going, and both quite honestly (and fortunately) would do quite fine on their own without me. But that's sometimes the way dads and moms think when their kids are involved, that is, maybe not always so rationally.
But maybe that re-emphasizes the point above, that thinking about
and identifying our fears regarding this beast, especially if we discover them to be irrational, is likely to be time well spent.
So it just might be helpful to shine some light on our fears and concerns, identify and talk about
them, and that light and talk might just cause them to fade.
What do you think?
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
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