Hey ~ Walt,
It really is hard to believe that your first posting on HW was 3-10-06. It seems like yesterday ~ and then again it doesn’t. I’ve followed you closely as you’ve traveled your path in search for answers. Being an “engineer”… I wasn’t surprised : ) but I will tell you this… I am so thankful you’ve done the research because you should never be in a situation that you would ever think back… why didn’t I check this ~ or why didn’t I check that. I think you can be confident in your decision and can now move forward.
Walt ~ you have truly touched our heartstrings with your posting above. When we came to the forum ~ it was after surgery and when I read the postings I knew I “had” to share “Our Journey”. Buddy and I have had a wonderful life together (23 years) and we planned early on to retire at 50 and travel. Well ~ Buddy retired in 2004 and waited patiently for me to retire in 2007. During this time he continued a wellness program to keep himself fit and healthy. Yearly physicals, exercise, and healthy habits. And then ~ January 2006… we were faced with an abnormal DRE… then the biopsy and then the words “prostate cancer”… The bus hit hard but after about 30 minutes (after the phone call)…. I found the little bulletin board pushpin in the shape of a school bus… and I went in to Buddy and said…. “This is what hit us ~ we can get up from this and continue moving forward”… we did and we have…. This journey had to be shared.
So ~ here we are 21 months later and we are still sharing. You have re-committed me to the fact that we are here for a reason!!! Thank you again for your kind words and thought filled message in letting us know ~ we ~ have made a difference! The greatest give you could have given us ~ and we accept it graciously.
Now ~ it’s time to move forward onto the stepping-stones that will lead you as many say ~ over the mountain to the other side. And we will all be right here walking with you.
As your Knowledge grows the POWER to make YOUR decision Grows!!!!!
A strong foundation to keep us strong and steady.
Now ~ lets get you moving toward that November 2nd date…
Have you been doing your kegels??? I sure hope so.
Now to keep things is the right perspective…. Your goals will be in this order!!!
- Becoming cancer Free
- Regaining Urinary Continence
- Regaining Sexual Potency
And... it will take time ~ so set your mind right now ~ and work with it! Not against it!
Mr. Hang is a friend not a foe… unless you make him so. He has a very important job to do.
We will continue to keep you close and we have always had you tucked close beneath our wings ~
This “Hug” is for “You” !!! keep it close…
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 :)