About five and a half years ago I pushed my doctor to include into my annual blood test a check for PSA. The result was low (under 4); however I had the PSA included in following tests. Each time the PSA was low (below 4); however there was a slight increase (0.1) each time. Although I had no other signs of any potential issue and the levels were low, I was referred to a specialist to follow up "just in case". I consented to a biopsy with devastating results.
This was quickly followed with a radical prostectamy four years ago (November). The surgery was successful; however I had two years of associated medical complications.
I am now fours years clean, with no medical problems, and trying to get back into some physical fit state. After such a traumatic experience most people (including myself) tend to overdo the exercise to regain lost time and lost lifestyle. This has resulted in some recent minor mishaps, including a recent collar bone fracture in a bicycle fall - however this is better than being dead.
I look forward to life, even with the hard breaks, and I wish that everyone can be as lucky as me, or luckier.
With the assistance of my wife Nicole, our "therapy dogs" both past (Benny & Candy) and present (Teddy Bear & Ellimay) we have been active in carrying out other charity activities as well as raising funds (including the local Prostate Cancer Support Group). We hope that we will be an asset in doing the same for this worthy annual cause.