November 9, 2009 was the date of my diagnosis. February 12, 2010 I started the Abiraterone Trial. Within one month my psa was down to 0.64. By May 12, 2010 my psa was down to 0.02. My surgery was on August 5, 2010. On August 18, 2010 my doctor told me the results of the pathology report - 0.0% residual cancer.
I implemented and executed the following Battle Plan over the eight months since my diagnosis:
• I sought out and developed a trusted, confident relationship with my Medical Team – the Doctors, nurses and staff who would provide the health care
• I worked with a nutritionist – I started to “eat with awareness”
• I developed an exercise routine – I started with walking, just walking. Then I enlisted in a Boot Camp and increased my exercise regimen
• I developed and maintained a positive attitude – I came to believe I would kick ass and I embraced the concept that I had the absolute central role in my change and my dealing with all of this
• I developed a “Team”, a support group, around me – friends and family – I knew I had to focus on investing time and emotional energy in relationships that nurture
I came to realize: “We connect with meaningful places inside ourselves through relating and connecting with others, very often in places and at times we least expect. Magnificent things happen when hearts open to give and receive.”
I lost 42 pounds
My cholesterol improved dramatically
My CRP level is now normal
I had surgery August 5th to remove the tumors
On August 18th my doctor informed me that there was 0.0% (none, nada) residual cancer
"Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."