I'm new here, but Prostate Cancer is old hat for me. I was diagnosed in 2009, and had the DaVinci Prostatectomy. A year later my first introduction to Lupron and 13 weeks of Radiation Therapy. I was clean until early 2012, and then went on Lupron full time. In 2016 that began to lose efficacy, and we added Zytiga and Prednasone.
Basically I am no longer adult in my body. I've lost the hair under my arms, and am fully menopausal. I find I've no libido, surprise to no one who has dealt with this and the drugs we use to keep it dormant. The mood swings are mostly for a few weeks after the Lupron shot, however I can cry at just about anything now.
I've gotten past the fact that I don't care about sex, and even if I did couldn't perform. What I cannot get past is the fact I'm 60 working in a job I do not like, and will in all likely hood be working until I get bone mets. Only when the pain is too great, and my time too short will I be able to retire. Even then I fear I will bankrupt my wife's retirement due to the cost of medications and care.
How do we deal with this? What do you do?