Hi Lynn, Dad, & Family,
Welcome ~ to "Our Family" of people helping people… I’m so happy you came back to us!!!
Your posting from 9-5 had a few responses with questions and we never heard back from you.... Glad your back!
You will hear from all of us about our own personal journey with prostate cancer. And the more you read past postings…the more familiar you will be with what takes place and why we made our decisions.
How old is your dad?
What is his general health???
What type of surgery was scheduled for Friday? RRP (open), Lap, Robotic ??
Our personal response is….
Continue on with his original decision! Surgery gives him options later if necessary! Why start at Z and not have any other options down the road. Start with A and you know there’s a lot of options between A-Z J
You dad’s ultimate goal is to be (1) cancer free a.s.a.p., (2) urinary continence, and (3) sexual potency ~ in this order!!
The most important thing right now is KNOWLEDGE……. Read, read, and read!!!
Your dad’s decision will have to be his decision…. But with you giving him “important” information from those who have been on this journey…. This will give him a “true and clear” picture of what’s ahead… and he can then make his final decision on “good honest” information.
Remember: We are in this journey with you and your family…. So stay with us!!
"GOD Bless You"
It's a little prayer "GOD Bless You"...
but it means so much each day,
It means may angels guard you
and guide you on your way. ~author unknown~
In New Friendship,
Lee & Buddy
Excerpts from our Thread titled: Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring dated 9-21-2006 on forum…
(C) We had already made our decision before the Consultation on Feb. 27th
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy…..Lift the Hood…We wanted Dr. Staley to visually see and feel the tissue and take out any surrounding tissue that may be hiding… cancer cells.
"Our Journey” with Prostate Cancer
April 4, 2006 Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy
June 29, 2006 PSA less than 0.1, NON-DETECTABLE….!!!!!!! J
**When prostate cancer is small and curable, it is also silent—it produces no symptoms.
That’s why we are all so shocked at finding out that “we’ have cancer. It’s no longer an old man’s disease. And that’s why it is very important to learn as much as we can about this disease and what your options are.
I’ve noticed in the forum that there are a lot of questions about what to expect?
What do I need to do to prepare?
What happens when you get there for your surgery?
What about recovery time?
As a spouse, caregiver, partner… What do I need to expect?
What about cost?
Knowledge is POWER
We decided to share “Our Journey” in hopes of helping at least 1 person! If it helps more…. That would be a blessing… At no time am I writing to tell you what you must do, or what you should do…. Your decision is Your Decision!!
Just giving you a view of what decisions we made, what the process was for us, and the outcome as of this date.
Read as much as you can on the forum… there are so many different scenarios. You will gain much knowledge from all of them. There will be so much coming at you in the next little while… I would suggest the following for any new member: When you read a posting that you think you might want to re-visit….copy and paste it in a word document. There are so many postings coming in ~ you may not find it again…. This way you can re-visit it as many times as you like or delete it. I hope our journal entries will help you.
Ideal scenario: Prostate cancer detected early, treated, and cured. Prostate cancer doesn’t have to be fatal. If it’s caught early enough, it is completely curable.
Sharing is Caring
The most important thing right now is... take one day at a time.
Reserve your energy because you'll both need it.
One thing each of us must remember…. NO 2 SITUATIONS ARE THE SAME
Take a deep breath.... and know that there's a lot of us like you out there... and we've been where you are now.
All different kinds of lifestyles… different PSA scores, different surgeries, different incomes, different jobs, different health issues, all different ages, and most of all… MENTAL ATTITUDES ARE DIFFERENT. So take a deep breath and let this forum help you!!!
Remember… YOU MAKE THE DECISIONS… YOU HAVE OPTIONS…