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survivor_wannabee
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 6/18/2007 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Its time for my annual physical
The doc's going to finger you know what ... if you are on this forum, you don't need a visual

This GP then calls me at home to schedule a follow up consult
To discuss what he sees as an elevated PSA result

I come in to find I need to schedule a biopsy
Before the event the urologist nicely tells me that the odds of finding cancer are only one in three

In I go to the final waiting room
And what do I see, but 12 containers with my name on them, six of which will soon contain my doom

A DRE, Gleason and PSA represent a cancer stage
Little did I know that deciphering the right next steps might require a mage

Armstrong's book says its not about the bike
But the next learned person that tells me that prostate cancer is one of the better ones to get is going to be told less than politely to take a hike

I've been probed, stuck, irradiated and scanned
All to determine the right option to get the cancer without totally being unmanned

The day has come and before they finally put me under
I look at this machine that resembles Doc Ock and I wonder if I made a blunder

Half waking up in recovery is a terrible feeling
That uncomfortable disorientation was not at all appealing

Back in my room I had some pain
Until I felt sweet percoset flow through my veins

I must say I hadn't felt that pleasantly weird
Since I cut off my long hair and shaved my beard

My son in law visited and stared at my catheter until I asked what was the matter
He replied, I hope that tube tapers before it enters your privates on the way to your bladder!

I got home the next day feeling a little less than a male
It might have had something to do with me carrying my bag around in a pail

I finally got the catheter out thinking this was the end of the road
Only to find I could just barely make it from a bed or chair to the commode

A new empathy was found for women I never had as a lad
My new best friend is a Serenity pad

The path report came and I am no longer a survivor_wannabee
I can see the light at the tunnel which is when I can pee only when I want to pee


Thought I'd write a little poem that might not be the most eloquent, but should maybe strike a chord for someone looking back on that long journey from detection to recovery. I wish you all well.
Age: 57
Diagnosed: 3/27/2007
PSA: 4.9
Gleason: 3 + 4
Cancer in 6 out of 12 samples
DRE: Positive
Stage: T2B
RALP Performed: 5/29/07
Partial nerve sparing one side, full on other
Prostate not enlarged, margins visually look good
Hospital stay: about 24 hours
Catheter Out: 6/8/07

Post Edited (survivor_wannabee) : 6/19/2007 7:51:21 PM (GMT-6)


veteran1
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 6/18/2007 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Survivor.
The reason you let yourself be put through these indignities that left you"feeling a little less than a man," is that you acted like a man and a true survivor.

Best Wishes,

Vet,
Diagnosis:T3b Seminal Vesicle Involvement, Gleason 5 + 4 both lobes
Current PSA: .01

PianoMan
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 6/18/2007 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Dittos Vet.

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07


survivor_wannabee
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 29
   Posted 6/19/2007 5:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Nice, Guys.
Age: 57
Diagnosed: 3/27/2007
PSA: 4.9
Gleason: 3 + 4
Cancer in 6 out of 12 samples
DRE: Positive
Stage: T2B
RALP Performed: 5/29/07
Partial nerve sparing one side, full on other
Prostate not enlarged, margins visually look good
Hospital stay: about 24 hours
Catheter Out: 6/8/07


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 6/19/2007 10:44 AM (GMT -7)   
smurf  Thanks!
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