Oct 14, 2001 - 5:39 pm
This is to anyone who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and wonders if they will ever be able to get back to having the same energy as before rp. I had my surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore 10/18/00. Before the surgery, I loved to ride my bicycle long distances. I had ridden across the state of Maryland and Virginia often and loved it. I wondered if I would ever be able to ride a bicycle again after rp. The Cycle Across Maryland and Bike Virginia were held in the summer. I didn't feel like there had been enough time since my operation to ride in those. My goal was to complete Cycle North Carolina, from Mt. Airy, NC to Elizabeth City, NC (a distance of 431 miles in 7 days)in October 2001 - the first anniversary of my operation. Well, I DID IT! It wasn't easy at first...the mountains in western NC are VERY steep and the daily distances were long (50 to 80 miles each day). We camped out in tents at night, and woke up several mornings with ice on the tent. This is to let you know that there IS hope - you CAN get back to where you were before rp. Just don't give up. Your goals may be very different from mine. Just try to strive to get back to doing something you loved to do before rp.