Depending on which research you look up it is said that 1 out 7 men will get prostate cancer … for African American men the rate is higher.(1 in 5 ) I fell into both categories. So as you can see things have become quite interesting.
Just in case you have been wondering why you haven’t seen posts from me recently. It’s simple . I have been dealing with this health issue. February 16, 2017 I received a call from my doctor informing me of test results from a recent biopsy. I had prostate cancer. The next 3 months was spent getting blood work done, seeing the urologist, then deciding the course of action to treat the cancer. My wife and I met with the doctor and he outlined 6 different options to treat this. Just to back up a little. In case you were wondering how did they know? routine blood work uncovered that my psa had skyrocket to 19. Normal psa is under 3. So you see where this is going.It is aggressive so we need to treat this aggressive is what the doctor said. So many of the options required some form of Radiation therapy. One required robotic surgery. Unlike the radiation treatments this would have me back on my feet sooner, no killing good cells with bad cells and 90 percent of the men who have had this surgery go on to live and have very productive lives without issue.
So after a emotional conversation with my wife we decided on the surgery. It meant a lot of things had to be in order. I was going to be out of commission for at least a month. My employer had to be informed, a business project that I was working on was going to be delayed, friends and family were called and informed. A planned vacation was put on the back burner until after the surgery and recovery time.
The surgery was May 4th. It went well. I felt no pain, only discomfort was the cather ugh!!!!! And yes it hurt very much when they took it out a week later …I recently saw the surgeon as a follow up he asked me a few questions about how I felt and said I was healing nicely. He wants to see in August .In the meantime I am spending a lot of time dealing with my new norm as I refer to it. I have to adjust how work at work with an eye toward the restroom, learning to deal with different sensations/ urges and oh possible leakage something the doctor said that could happen, in my case it isn’t leakage as much as a spurt…just enough to know something happened. Not a flash flood just a well you get what I am saying. Again it is my new norm.
Don’t take this as I am complaining …I am not . I am alive and I hope they caught this early enough that I can live a long time and have a productive life. I managed to make it to this point since February with the love and support of my wife Luz. She has been with me the whole with this trips back and forth to the doctor, the drive to the hospital for the surgery which was an hour away and stay with me the whole week from work after the surgery. It has been one wild journey to be sure. Men if you haven’t been tested for prostate cancer go do it. They can treat it early. Otherwise your doctor may tell you start making out your will.
By no stretch of the imagination am I out of the woods, far from it. This is only the beginning. Follow-up visit with the surgeon in August , in between blood work to check my psa (please let it zero out) and more moments of understanding the changes my body is now going through since this surgery. But I have a good wife, and strong support system with friends and family and I am going to continue to be positive and look forward to a productive life with my new norm.