The high’s and the low’s, of a person with Prostate Cancer.
What I have found out, what I wish I had known about or been told.
A little about myself.
Like most Australian males, I was oblivious to the signs of prostate cancer.
I discovered that I had stage 4 prostate cancer by what I considered as a passing remark to my GP, I was sick of getting up every couple of hours to have a piss at night (just me thinking that it was nature telling me I was getting older). Little did I know what hell that little comment would raise.
Within a week I was seeing a Urologist and then a Oncologist and getting all sorts of scans and blood tests, poked and prodded. I was told I had prostate cancer and that this had spread through out the right hand side off all the lymph nodes and then metastases to the pelvis.
Well what do you say to that?
So I put a list together from high to low priority.
First on the list was quality of life:
What treatments are on offer what are the success rates, longevity and quality of life during treatment and after.
The list went on to include what happens if I don’t have any treatments.
As you can tell quality of life is important to me.
I don’t want to be told you have one year to live and the treatment is going to have you wishing you where dead and everybody has to look after you.
I would prefer to take what time I have left and go and enjoy something while I can.