It's probably not something that comes immediately to mind, but I do believe there are some similarities between the two.
While watching the college football game between the University of Florida (my Gators) and the University of Kentucky last night, I sadly witnessed the severe injury that the quarterback for the Gators, Felipe Franks, suffered during the third quarter: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=felipe+franks+injury+youtube&view=detail&mid=ca143bd498ce5eae6d1dca143bd498ce5eae6d1d&form=vire
The injury, a dislocated ankle, was serious enough that he will now be unable to play for the team any more for the rest of the football season. That is so unfortunate, as these student athletes work and train so hard, that it is so disappointing when this happens to them.
But it occurred to me that this young man, and for that matter any athlete who sustains a season-ending injury such as he has, will be undergoing a regimen of dealing with it and being treated for it that actually has similarities with how we deal with PCa.
The athlete suffers the shock of the injury, and the fear and uncertainty that it immediately brings, concerning his future.
We suffer the shock of diagnosis, and the fear and uncertainty which that brings, concerning our futures.
The athlete must immediately think, probably fearfully, about
what happens now, how his playing days will be affected.
We think immediately about
our own futures, how things will now change for us.
The athlete will likely now have medical treatment, perhaps one time, as surgery for a broken limb, as we might have surgery for PCa; or ongoing, such as rehab therapy for a knee injury, or as in radiation treatments for us.
Treatment for the athlete may be ongoing, such as regular hot-tubs, or therapy exercises with trainers.
Treatment may be ongoing for us as well, such as employing coping techniques for urinary issues, or sexual dysfunction.
For the athlete, the injury may be career-ending.
For us, the PCa may be life-threatening.
Perhaps the observation of such similarities may have some value for us, in that it may help us to understand better the trauma, both physical and psychological, that the athlete feels when experiencing serious injury, as well as the course of dealing with it.
But it may also provide for us a model to learn from, that in dealing with PCa, perhaps we can profit from seeing how the dedication and commitment of many athletes to regain their physical abilities to play again, can show us the way to regain the lives we want for ourselves, as we deal with the beast.
In particular, the extraordinary courage that so many athletes show in fighting to regain their former on-field skills can serve as such an inspirational model for us as well, as we fight to regain our former lives.
I know we all have such high regard for all those athletes, like Felipe Franks, who will work so hard when they have to, to fight and overcome the injuries they sustain, so that they may play again.
But perhaps we should stop and think for a moment that the model they show us for dealing with their own situations may well serve us as something we can emulate, as we deal with our own form of "injury," PCa.
And best wishes for Felipe Franks, and for all the other athletes, college and pro, who if they are unfortunately injured, will work so hard to overcome this hardship, do so, and be able to return from it.
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