It all started in October 2017 with a regular visit to my PCP for prescription refills. Once the check up was completed and I was leaving he called out to me and said "Hey, you're due for your annual blood work" sure I got some time and they drew the blood. 12 hours later I get the results online. Normal stuff I was being treated for showed up, high blood pressure and cholesterol. But there was a new test, psa. Doc said it was elevated and not to worry as this was not a diagnosis for cancer and scheduled me for a urologist.
Ok, what the heck is a PSA, so I looked it up, and found it was a test for prostate cancer. Well I am nervous now so I look up my results because I dont know what a normal range is. Well I quickly learned 60 was not good. So I started crying at the table. My wife was doing dishes next to me and said "What's wrong?" I could only point to the results.
Well as suspected the follow up did not go well. The "finger" indicated bi-lateral and he said yep, you got have prostate cancer. Obviously the talk was much more compassionate than that. He scheduled me for 2 days later for a biopsy. I show up but my already high blood pressure was way up there. He did not feel comfortable doing it in house and scheduled me a surgery room for the just in case it went south protection. That week I had a bone scan and cat scan. Things were moving very quickly for me. Bones showed clear but a lymph node looked suspicious. I went in 2 days later for a biopsy. Yep it was positive, crap!
The urologist at that point said there was no need in poking around the prostate since there was proof of metastasis.
Oncology scheduled me for 40 rounds of radiation which was the time of my life, and yes that is sarcasm!
Well to shorten this up, I am on Lupron and casodex. My t level is 7 and my psa is <0.02.
Now it is the daily mental struggle, fatigue, hot flashes (about 10 a day) and pain.
Well that is my introduction feel free to comment or ask questions and I will continue reading the forum and praying for others.
Thanks for listening,