May 04, 2006 - 10:26 am
I just thought if anyone out there is recently diagnosed with PC and is just needing someone to talk to then I am here. I do answer my messages.
I was diagnosed with early stage PC and we were able to get it taken care of with a radical prostatectomy (surgery). I was diagnosed in November of 2004 and the surgery was in January of 2005. I was incontinent for awhile but not long. I had ED (erectile dysfunction) pretty bad though. I am an emotional person by nature and was devastated by the onset of this disease. When first diagnosed as I live alone and have no significant other I went int a kind of shock and had a very hard time getting through the day. I didn't read my mail for 3 months, I didn't care.
I recovered quickly from the surgery but with the ED I took a nose dive emotionally. My sexual function had been good before the surgery and after it was nothing. Of course I knew the body has been through a great shock but months and months went by and it seemed my penis was shrinking in length as well. I went into bad depression. I was only 54 (I am 55 now). We tried all sorts of pills and even the shot to the penis but they all only produced a partial erection and I got even more depressed. The doctor approached me with the thought of implants. My view was that was something as a last resort for men in their 80's and totally rejected the idea. But in a few days I asked to be shown how it works and asked details about the surgery itself and we discussed it and he answered all my questions. He had a seminar on it a few days later and I went, there were lots of men with their wives and girl friends. It was a good meeting. I decided I would do this and did. I got the 'Cadillac' model as I wanted the best they had. That surgery was in August of last year.
Now it is 9 months later. The cancer is gone, no trace of it. I have no incontinence. I have completely healed from the implant surgery and the scar is tiny and in an area where no one could see it anyways. My penis is as long or longer than before and I can have great erections and orgasms. The doctor came to my rescue about the depression and had one of his collegues rush over to visit with me and help me. Emotionally I am almost back to my jolly self again. I am on an anti-depressant but only for a few more months, probably until November. I am happy again and have moved on. I just thought perhaps someone may need another guy, one who has been through it, to talk to.
I think we all find that there are many guys on this website who are very willing to help and many more knowledgeable than myself.