Jul 31, 2011 - 3:42 pm
Just found and joined the network today to share my success story for those out there facing surgery and the unknown. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer about 5 months back and am 49 years old. Although the cancer was only found in one of my biopsy samples, I elected for removal given my age. My Gleason score was 3+3. With all the horror stories out there I was obviously apprehensive leading to surgery. I am thrilled to report that I'm only 17 days post surgery and am complete dry and wearing no pads at all. As a matter of fact, I was dry the day after my catheter was extracted on the 10th day. I share this for those dreading the issues of being incontinent and possibly wearing pads after surgery even if for a short time to say that there are successes. Whether or not it played a role in my success, I religiously performed kegel exercises for about two months leading to surgery as suggested by my surgeon. I continue to perform the exercise to further strengthen my muscles and do not have have stress incontinence issues. Hopefully, this can provide some encouragement to others facing surgery.