Hello everyone - at Bluebird's suggestion I'm posting and will give our background. As I write this "myman" is practicing his guitar in his office and I like to be able to hear him as I write...I don't know...makes it seem easier I suppose.
The cancer was discovered during a routine physical (hadn't had a complete one in 4 years...yeah, I know) and confirmation of PC came with the biopsy. Stunned, well, because why would we be thinking of prostate cancer? Myman was in great health...not one symptom. We were on a job assignment in the Northeast and though we really liked the doc's there we knew we had to be near family so we came home. Moffitt Cancer Center gave the same diagnosis and so surgery was scheduled for 2/09/06. Myman's recovery went well and in April he walked our youngest down the aisle as planned. Time for the first 3 month PSA, which we were confident would be excellant. But this must be a mistake, this is totally wrong...we knew nothing about failure after RP...PSA 11.8? No. No. No. Another test and the result was 12.9, then 13.9. I cannot tell you how crushing to our spirit this was.
Options discussed: go on hormone therapy now or wait until the cancer shows elsewhere. By 8/23/06 the PSA was 18.85 with lymph node involvement identified so at that time 3 month lupron shots started. The first PSA following was .8 and the next test is 2/28.
Now that being said please let me say that we're okay now. Myman is a positive, strong, intelligent guy who wakes up thankful for every day and is living his life to the fullest. We go flats fishing alot, he and our sons built a recording studio and that youngest daughter he walked down the aisle...well, the baby is due in May. We've been married almost 42 years and intend to be married quite a few more!
So, we see hope all around us and really, it's all perspective, isn't it? When I read through so many posts and everyones stats I thought "Holy Cow...I see no one here who has stats like myman...maybe I shouldn't even post." But I was continually drawn here and it felt right. So, here we are...hopefully looking to the future with a new group of friends!