I saw my surgeon this afternoon for a preop consult. I really like this fellow, Dr McCullough...he didn't pussyfoot around or sugar coat anything. Came right out and told me on the level just how bad the particular kind of cancer that I have is. And it's bad. A very aggressive form of cancer. Because of the aggressiveness and the shape my prostate's in he expects my surgery to last about 5 hours! Doesn't think the nerves can be saved. That's a bummer! Also depending on how enlarged it is when he gets in there, there is a fair chance of a permanent change in my urination operation if you know what I mean... Not just do some exercises to get the strength back but more like not ever being able to get it back... My life "as it was" is going to be over after the 29th... Not over period...just as it used to be. It's going to change quite a bit. In view of the fact that I have this aggressive form of cancer I asked him what would have happened had I not caught this with the PSA blood test. He told me it would have metastasized badly inside of 3 years! So much for it being such a slow form of cancer!! After the surgery, going to be in the slammer for anywhere between 2 - 7 days with a catheter in for a week! Lovely.... Time to buy stock in the Depends company.... To my male friends: Go and get your PSA tested!!!! It's just a BLAH_BLAH_BLAH_BLAH blood test! Sure wish I had gotten mine done LAST year....Maybe it wouldn't have been so advanced....
A short cancer update if you're interested...Posted on FB today...
Posted 07 August 2013 - 03:58 PM
Of couse we are interested. Sorry you have to go through such a thing. Hopefully things will go well and they can get you fixed up. Thoughts and prayers with you. Stay strong !
Posted 07 August 2013 - 06:22 PM
Best to you my friend! Of course we are interested in what our friends on the boards are going through. If it was just about the little plastic cars I'd have lost interest a long time ago.
Posted 07 August 2013 - 10:38 PM
My prayers are with you. If I had insurance I'd get more medical things done.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 12:10 AM
Stay strong Terry, cancer is an awful thing, but it can be beat, my wife's sister had stage 3 lymphoma and beat it been in remission for 6 yrs now, my thoughts and prayers for you man!!
Posted 08 August 2013 - 04:28 AM
The alternative is not acceptable , as long as you're on this side of the dirt , sucking air , and annoying the hell outta me , I'm a happy boy !
As for the Depends , I thought all you flatfoots wore them anyways , what's the difference ?
Pm me your address , please !
Posted 08 August 2013 - 04:56 AM
Good luck to you. My dad had his prostrate removed about 2 years ago from cancer and it's not as bad as you might think. it takes time but he is doing fine know with just a little life style change and it sounds like the same. His was about as bad as it could be so just stay positive.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 05:18 AM
My thoughts and prayers are with you Terry. I'm thankful you at least caught it when you did...
Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:04 AM
God be with you, Terry, old friend. You can beat this devil, no matter that it has a head start.
Prayers with you, brother.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 07:10 AM
Hang in there, Terry. I was fortunate that we had a walker at the house. I just hooked the pee bag to the walker and went up & down the driveway in boxer shorts. Got some exercise, outdoors, and going at the same time. Do the exercises for your sinther(??) because it'll make a major difference after the surgery. I wore diapers for a week and haven't needed them since.
You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 08:46 AM
Thanks guys...always nice to have a 'lil "support"... no pun intended!
Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:41 AM
Thinking of you Terry. My dad had his prostate removed at about 70, had a couple of weeks with a catheter, and lived to past 80 with no real problems, until his heart got him. My point is, there are plenty of examples to keep your spirits up.
Edited by sjordan2, 08 August 2013 - 11:48 AM.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 11:55 AM
Glad the PSA test caught it when it did. I'm familiar with the issues here and sincerely wish you the best of luck and the most capable of surgical hands.
Posted 08 August 2013 - 06:25 PM
Terry, I wish nothing but the best for you sir. My prayers are with you.
Posted 09 August 2013 - 04:50 AM
Sorry to hear the news but keep in mind that modern medicine has made a lot of advances and no two people are the same when it comes to treatment and recovery. Let's hope your doctor gave you a "worst case scenario" and the actual news on the day of your surgery is much better!
You have a big supportive family here Terry and we are all hoping for the best outcome for you and your family. Let us know what we can do to help you get through this and we will be there for you!
Take care and God Bless!
Posted 19 August 2013 - 10:33 AM
More then likely the Doctors gave you a worst case scenario. From my family to yours we're wishing you the best. Treatment is always better than ignoring.
Posted 19 August 2013 - 11:31 AM
We're all pulling for you Terry. It must be a McCullough family trait. My buddy Jacen was always a no-nonsense, non sugar coating kinda guy too. You're in a rare position to have a surgeon you like, that's part of the battle right there. Good luck, i'll be praying for you.
Posted 21 August 2013 - 01:17 AM
Thank you my friends... Down to 8 days to go.... Hopefully then I can begin to put this behind me. Treatments for this have destroyed my desire to work out, build models and a myriad of things. No Testosterone = Zero energy!