The upcoming surgery will be on your mind and there is not anything that will take it off of it but there are things that make it less mindboggling. As others mention be
it with family and friends. If you try to ignore it then you just become more anxious. I had four focused activities that I did prior to surgery that helped me.
1. Spiritual peace. Praying and interacting with my church members.
2. Physical readiness. I concentrated a lot on getting my body in as good a shape as I
could for the surgery. I walked 5 miles a day everyday.
3. Brain Exercise. My wife got me several Soduko puzzle books and I found that doing these
at night helped take my mind off of the surgery.
4. Networking. This forum, when I found it, filled my hunger for information and connection to
other victims. The knowledge and support received here was like a comforting quilt and I
no longer had that feeling of being alone.
I will admit that the last week prior to the surgery was tough for me. More so that I had never had surgery before then from the prostate cancer. I believe that due to this surgery phobia when I woke up in recovery and had no pain I was so thrilled that I was talking to the nurses and feeling really good. That euphoria continued for the next couple of days.
Diagnosed 7/6/06, 1 of 10 core samples, 40%,Stage T1c, Gleason 3+3
Da Vinci on 11/01/06, Catheter out on 11/13/06
56 Years Old
Post Op Path, Gleason 3+3, Approx. 5% of prostate involved
Prostate Confined, margins clear
Undetectable PSA on 12/18/06
No more pads as of 1/13/07
Began injections in April '07
Undetectable PSA on 6/25/07