Today is an anniversary date I never dared hope I'd see, let alone be posting on here about it!
Another milestone: 12 years and still counting.
I'm so grateful I've had all these years to meet so many new friends and enjoy so many new experiences.
THANK YOU ALL
My urologist was obviously a first class muppet, saying I had just 2 or 3 years left back in 2005.
That first PSA test was done on March 24th of that year, just three days before my 54th birthday. And here I am, 66 in a few days time, and knowing that whatever present I get this year will be a thousand times better than that terrifying, unfogettable one then.
Mind you, it did look pretty scary at the time - a PSA of 182, T4 tumour with spread to seminal vesicles and pelvic wall & floor. However, once I'd met my optimistic oncologist, everything changed for the better.
He said I was young enough and fit enough to have the tiger cells blasted by 37 sessions of RT
Since my RT & HT back then, I've been incredibly lucky that Intermittent HT has worked well for me.
And even more lucky that PCa still hasn't spread to bones or lymph nodes
Apparently, when I'm off treatment, and my PSA slowly rises from 1.0 to 20+ it's because I have 'micro mets'.
Those damn cancer cells never leave, but at least Zoladex can be used to hammer them down again.
I finished my latest round of HT with a Zoladex injection in October last year, and am hoping like crazy that I get a decent 'hormone holiday'. Two years would do me fine, as I know the length of those breaks shorten over the years. My first one in 2007 lasted 44 months. Man, I enjoyed that one. :P
What can I say but 'JUST BLOODY GLAD TO BE HERE!!
And I'm really looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible at The Mill On The Soar on Sat 1st July, the 10th anniversary of 'The Party At The Mill'
You don't know just how much those get-togethers have meant to me.
I know I've said this before, but we've made friendships that I wished had began 50 years ago.
Out of despair came so much happiness. Who'd have thought it?
But, I can never forget the great friends who've now passed, from our old 'legends' through to our recent losses.
Every one of those men (and their partners) did so much to help us all.
They're now partying in the sky, and we'll meet again for sure.
That has to be true - Vera Lynn said so!
Very best wishes,