Hi ~ rj2bjj,
You truly did the right thing by joining in ... We are all in this together and need each others support. We can lend you strength and understanding… as the ones who are just a little ahead of you ~ to the ones that are a little bit further ahead ~ to the ones just signing on as you have….. This is a Circle of Friendship and we gladly take your hand…
Take a look outside… It’s an awesome feeling to know that we are all under the same stars, moon, sun, & sky. This to me is very comforting…. to know that We Are Not Alone… You’ll find posting from (Lana & CJ) *Creed_three - from NSW, Australia (east coast) and DJ *DJSydney in Australia, Mike *Mickeyboy in London, and Rickard, Stockholm, Sweden… so we are truly a mixed group… and many from Canada!!
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 treatments, 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!!!
There are so many things that can work for you in getting urinary continence back and the most important thing is… time and exercise… Kegel exercises and stairs are wonderful to strengthen the sphincter muscle…
Below are 2 direct links to give you a little more information on helping to regain urinary continence.
Read it and pull what you think will work best for you. The more options… the better we are…
(direct link ~ just click on the title! Reminder to click on the REFRESH icon once there)
I copied this information in blue below and taped it in the bathroom… above the toilet.
**Excerpts taken from a wonderful book called “Dr. Patrick Walsh’s Guide to Surviving Prostate Cancer” by: Patrick C. Walsh, M.D. and Janet Farrar Worthington. Copyright 2001…..
**Urinary continence: The return of urinary control:
**Phase One is when you can remain dry when lying down.
**Phase Two is when you’re dry when you’re walking around.
**If you can walk to the bathroom and not urinate until you get there, that’s a GREAT SIGN!!!…
it means that the sphincter is intact.
**Phase Three, you are dry when you stand up (using muscles that put pressure on the sphincter)
**Remember, the recovery of urinary control is a slow process.
The most important thing you can do during this time
is not to get discouraged.
We are happy you’ve joined us!!! Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
Link to our personal journey…>>> Our Journey ~ Sharing is Caring
April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)
Post Edited (bluebird) : 3/18/2007 8:41:48 PM (GMT-6)