Depression is no stranger to me... Have not mentioned it very much on this site. I had three or four serious episodes starting in 1999 before PCa and been thru many counseling and medication regimes. In fact, I was in serious depression Dec 2006 which evemtually caused me to go in and get overall physicals and also to get my PSA checked again. Then the biopsy and then PCa... So, depression actually helped me find I had PCa... Go figure...
Anyway, at the time of diagnosis of PCa, I actually found it beneficial mentally in a bizarre way... It let me check out of worrying about getting better with depression and concentrate on PCa... Just the "break" I needed. Now the PCa is "gone" and after changing doctors and re-evaluating my depression and meds, that is gone also... God sure does work in strange ways!
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know that I am someone you can really talk about on depression... I have been at the BOTTOM of the dark pit more than once. No, I didn't have a health diagnosis that was life threatening, but I truly believed that life was not worth living anymore... seriously... With God, family, friends, and modern medicine, I really feel I have come thru the battle and won. I know this dark evil disease very well and how it can greatly impact your life. But I also know that now it CAN BE CONQUERED!
You can also contact me via email (in my profile). Just like PCa... NO question is too silly, intimate, or uncomfortable to ask.
With love and God's blessings,
P.S. By the way, for any women out there, my wife Avis is also an "expert" on depression and survival. Whenwe met and got married, it was a common background in both our lives.
Age 59 y/o - Last 3-4 years of annual general health checkups - PSA 5-6
3/13/2007 - 12 point biopsy - Left 0/6 Right 1/6 Gleason 3+3 Diagnosed as T1c
4/24/2007 - DaVinci performed at Virginia Mason hospital in Seattle
5/2/2007 - Catheter Out! Final pathology of Gleason 6 T2c Nx Mx, approx 20% of prostate involved, positive margin, but only at 2 focal points.
6/28/2007 9 weeks post-op incontinance... Overnite, went from 4-6 soaked pads a day from prev 8 weeks to 2 barely wet pads a day.
7/12/2007 11 weeks post-op Minimal leakage... one small pad a day
7/18/2007 First Post-Op PSA... 0.01 !!!
7/30/2007 ED improved to about 60% erection and "functional". Only using 50mg Viagra generic every 2-3 days.
9/10/2007 Ran out of pads one day and had no dribbles all day... Now pad free.