Posted 1/8/2021 9:43 PM (GMT -7)
Hello, LongWayToGo ----
You have found a band of brothers here.
As you await further diagnostics and scans, we are here to offer encouragement and support.
We have all stood where you stand today - characterized by worrisome thoughts, anxious feelings, and sobering uncertainty.
As others have advised, you will want to put together a top-notch medical team. Have you had a biopsy?
I was diagnosed in my 40s, with a PSA over 100. I am a teacher and a new school year had just begun.
I knew I had to fight like I had never fought before. Further scans showed even more sobering news ---- my prostate cancer had metastasized and infiltrated both my lungs.
My PSA was climbing quickly, every time they retested it.
When I was first diagnosed, it was hard to think straight. I couldn't sleep well at night. There were endless scans and tests. It was like being caught in a whirlwind ...
I focused on teaching at school, and that carried me through.
I remember wondering if I would even make it to Christmas that year.
My doctor then said, "You are now my youngest prostate cancer patient."
In my case, treatments were needed RIGHT AWAY.
I got started on treatments IMMEDIATELY, and my PSA began to decline more rapidly than I could ever imagine. I knew I needed an aggressive treatment plan.
I asked insightful questions every time I saw my doctor, I began learning more about my treatments, and a battle plan got put in place.
There were tough days, but I finally started hearing some HOPEFUL news from my doctors.
You have to be prepared to FIGHT, but I discovered treatments brought newfound hope.
Somehow, when facing a diagnosis, something arises within us ... I see it here, every day ... gritty determination, steely resolve, and ultimately a fighting spirit begin to emerge.
I am now starting my eighth year of survivorship. I have much to be thankful for ... and I am mindful of others who face a health diagnosis.
My medical history is revealed beneath my signature at the bottom of this post.
No matter what, we are here to support you. Let us know what your upcoming tests reveal. We're here to stand alongside you.
If there's a new fight to be fought, we will get down in the trench & stand next to you and be your battle brothers. No one here fights alone!
We'll share our first-hand experiences, to help you navigate any treatments that might be in your future, when you get some definitive answers, following your tests.
I have put together a medical team that looks after my case with care, compassion, and concern. I sought out the best doctors and it has paid off.
We discuss every aspect of my treatments, I am fully included in decision-making, and we constantly look to the future.
They have guided me through proactive and aggressive treatments. I am thankful for these treatments that have helped me so much ---- and the wisdom and compassion of my doctors.
I just celebrated my eighth Christmas since diagnosis ... and yes, there's a few MORE candles on my birthday cake these days.
Keep us informed when you get all your test results. Posting here, as you have done today, is a tremendous step forward.
Fellowship, brotherhood, and camaraderie abound here.
We all have a story, and I hope something in my story will resonate with you.
I can already sense your courage and conviction in your posts ... and you'll be ready to grab that silver sword & shield and walk forward onto the battlefield, if need be ...
I will watch for your next posts ---- and we are here for you, rest assured.
Handshake, from across the miles ~~~
CYCLONE --- # Iowa State University