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LLG2000
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 5
   Posted 8/23/2007 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Just joined.  Found out on 7/16/07 I had Prostate cancer. Age 57.  My Gleason score was 4+4 on the left side and PSA was 4.8.  Went the robotic route and got operated on 8/9/07.  Had a rough few days in the hospital because the bleeding would not stop but the operation was a success.  The LAB results were negative and the cancer was contained to the prostate.

 

I am writing this letter to for those with high Gleason scores to hang in there with prayers and get a lot of support.  I have to admit I was really scared but thanks to my prayer and support group I made it through it.  I know it is scary for everyone but you have to fight it.

 

Also, make sure you get a second opinion.  The first Urologist that found the issue (I was referred to him by my general physician) read me a statistic chart saying I had a 2/3rd chance of survival.  Needless to say I was in shock.  I went to another one and he was much more positive because I was in shape, not showing symptoms and my prostate was small compared to others.  The second doctor's positive outlook vs. the first helped give me a better attitude.  And, fortunately I had a successful operation.

 

This site is very helpful for post operations question. 

 

My only issue is I feel like it was run over by a truck but I am not wearing any pads during the day.  Only at night.  This was one of my biggest fears since my father also had prostate cancer surgery 12 years ago and this was his biggest problem.

 

I just feel so thankful to everyone because I am doing so much better then I every have expected.

 

Take care and I hope you can find the same results I did.

LLG 


bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 8/23/2007 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi ~ LLG2000,

 

Sending you a “Special Warm Welcome…” to HealingWell    yeah   

 

Thank you for joining all of us in helping each other and Newbies travel this path…  and a Special Thank You for Caring Enough to Share "Your Journey" with all of us.

 

Yes ~ our forum is very helpful as each stepping-stone we encounter along the way leads to the next one.  From the first thought that we might have prostate cancer…. through having a DRE, PSA, the Biopsy, the Decision Time, and then the Treatment we select, and the Healing/Recovery stepping~stone.  We are here for each other!!

 

HealingWell has become so Powerful … because so many people are willing to Share Their Journey.

 

Knowledge is Power and Power takes away the fear…

 

Stay close ~ as we all move forward in our own personal journeys…

In Friendship,  Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

 

v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


Swimom
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 8/23/2007 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
LLG,

Your outcome so far is very impressive :>) Congrats on the pathology outcome...and for finding that artist of a surgeon :>) Your smaller prostate made getting good surgical margins more likely and incontinence less likely to be long term. Smaller prostates don't improve risk factors, they worsen them. You have been very blessed. Progress in diagnosing is making it possible to catch even higher Gleasons while they are still confined. Thanks for sharing. It is so nice to hear such positive voices join us. We're a site chock full of em......Welcome :>)

Swim
 


IdahoSurvivor
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1015
   Posted 8/23/2007 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi LLG,

Welcome and congratulations on your progress.   I had robotic surgery about one week before you and am doing well except for what is likely to be the "normal" amount of incontinence.  It'll be great for us to compare notes.

All the best to you and your family!

Idaho

 


Age: 54
PSA: 4.3
Biopsy: T1c, 3+3=6, 2 pos. samples in one side of prostate
Da Vinci 31 Jul 2007: saved nerve bundle on side of non-cancerous side
Final pathology: Confined to prostate, T2a, 3+3=6
Working to get back into good shape
Waiting to take that first post-op PSA

bluebird
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 10/5/2007 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   

  tongue Hey ~ LLG

Just to let you know ~ we continue to keep you close!!

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 10/6/2007 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi LLG2000.

Glad you found us, and welcome. Keep us posted on your progress. You will find there are a lot of caring people on this site who are intrested in your journey through this thing.

All the best

Mika
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