Thanks for sharing my joy Randy! When they took blood Friday 03/04, I asked if they could squeeze me in before my scheduled appointment.Things are looking pretty good. My psa went from 0.36 to 0.13. My blood pressure has been trending up & so I'm taking a mild medication for that. My first hormone shot was 05/04/10, so I have another year of testosterone removal.I celebrated by planting a tree at Channahon.Thanks Everyone!
Yesterday, April 19th was my first year anniversary being diagnosed with prostate cancer. I don't like how I feel but I'm doing OK. I'm being proactive rather than reactive. I having a pft examine tomorrow, the 21st. Pulmonary function test. This is about shortness of breath. There is also a CT scan scheduled 04/27. Prostate cancer is very curable, it's just that I have an aggressive form of it. I have a huge support group & thanks for that. That's a big deal!!!
I bumped into an old friend that's been following my process. He mentioned that there was some concern with his prostate & was following what was going on with me. His mind went into worst case scenario, but all his tests came back negative. So this is a good news update for those who don't see me often.I had an appointment with the GU Dr. & was complaining about the usual things, shortness of breath, being tired, urinating, weakness, no sex & went on about the loss of hair on the back of my shoulders & thinning on my arms & legs, & the new hair on the top of my head. In so many words he raised both hands in the air & yelled Yeaaah!!! the medication is working. He also suggested my psa will be lower than 0.13. If you don't already know, the medication, zoladex, removes my testosterone. In getting another ct scan it was discovered I have a "substantially enlarged heart" from the prior scan. I had more tests & the only thing discovered was an "left artial enlargement" & it's just something to be watched.So in my cancer fight, I'm doing good. The side effects appear to be normal. I haven't found anyone with my situation. Everyone I talked with has had their prostate removed. It make me wonder it I made the right decision. Thanks for your prayers & concern.
I have continued Good News! My psa is 0.02. Can you believe that? I'm doing numbers from memory, 13.82 was the start. After radiation & one or two implants, the number was 0.36, six months later 0.13, & now 0.02. The trend is dooown!!! Not much downside left. I get one more implant. I'll be on my own for three months, & six months from now I'll meet the GU & we'll see how I'm doing. I'm certainly not of the woods, but I see the sun shining brightly! I'm also not sure when I'll feel normal, but I'm super thrilled on numbers!http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/99-The-Greatest