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Prostate Cancer – One Year Later

This past week I passed my one year anniversary as a cancer survivor. It was last Valentine’s Day that I had a Radical Prostatectomy, having my prostate removed. At that point everything looked very positive that the cancer had been completely contained within the prostate and should be gone. Well, the good news is that as of last week there is no sign that the cancer had spread. This will continue to be an annual test just to be sure, but it was good to see.

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And Life Goes On

Well it’s been four weeks now since surgery; and not a four weeks I would hope to repeat. I have never spent so much time laying around doing little or nothing. And if I never see a catheter again, it will be too soon.

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Surgery: A Big Adventure

I must admit that surgery was quite an adventure, but one that I do not look forward to ever having to experience again. I have heard from lots of people who have had surgery, and read about it some, but nothing quite prepares one for the actual experience.

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Surgery Pre-Op

Surgery is now six days away and today was the day scheduled to get all of the pre-op stuff done. Spent time with my surgeon as well as the admitting process at St. Joseph’s. My surgeon gave me a rundown on all of the things that would be taking place on the day of surgery as well as the following couple of weeks.

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It’s Surgery

The biopsies I had earlier, plus my PSA reading, indicate that the cancer is in an early stage and should be contained within the prostate. Based on that, my age, general health, and desire to ‘know’ where I stand when it’s all done, I have opted for surgery.

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Prostate Cancer

Cancer. Such a simple word; but with such ominous overtones. One day all is well in my little world, then the bi-annual physical, a high PSA reading in the blood work, a trip to a Urologist, a 1 in 8 chance of cancer, a biopsy, and then the results; prostate cancer.