OMG BARRY. What a blast from the past that was.https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
I didn't know anything about this post till a fellow Geordie friend of mine, someone who has been on here forever, Alan (Art on this site) mentioned it in a phone call.
Shocked as I was, your post couldn't have come at a better time.
I've been ill and down for months and am just on the point of a return to my normal crazy self.
Reading the Yana story reminded me how active I had been since my diagnosis and the 'orrible, pessimistic prognosis back in 2005.
Barry, you've given me the 'kick' I needed to start the battle again, THANK YOU.
Incidentally, it's 13yrs tomorrow (24th March) since that first PSA came back at 182, ahd then I was in the whirlwind of treatments we all face.
Since November gone, I have been in a dark pit of depression and despair (although I did get to our annual meet at The Euston Flyer in London early December. But I must admit, it took a few Diazepam pills to get me there.https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
It was a combination of being hit by too many viruses last year and sheer stress.
Perhaps the 13yr fight tired me too, because chronic fatigue was ruining my days, I knew PSA was rising quickly, I had worrying symptoms, and for the first time in my life I felt as though I'd ran out of steam.
Guys, if you have ever been struck with serious depression, please know that you're not alone. I know there are many of us here who have suffered it.
I honestly felt as though i couldn't fight my way back, but now, with great help from my GP and Oncologist, I do seee the light at the end of the tunnel.
Just a handful of friends knew about this, because we men are notorious for keeping things bottled up.
However, those worries I had about symptoms were dispelled on Tuesday when I met with my onco. All my scans are good, and even though my PSA had risen to 11.0, it's par for the course for me , and I have to re-start Hormone Theraapy.
My last jab was in Oct 2016, and I haven't had much of a 'holiday' from it this time round.
Once the PSA started to rise quickly over 3 months, my onco and I knew that it's the micro-mets in my lymphatic system that are active again
But Zoladex will hammer them down again, I'm sure.
The only illnesses I have which ARE a damn nuisance are:
1) Osteoartritis in my hands, coupled with preipheral neuropathy in the fingers. That makes writing or typing a massive task, I wouldn't dare admit how long it took me to type and edit this!https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
2) Cerebral small vessel disease. I can't concrntrate and I forget too many things on a daily basis.
Mind you, over the years I've always been on the dozy side at times, haven't I?https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
But enough of the serious stuff.
It was great to see the replies from Stu and Lyn.
Let's get this 'Geordie issue' sorted.
I AM a Gerodie, living on the banks of the river Tyne in Jarrow. Yes, it is South Tyneside, but who on earth would prefer living up river and over the bridge into the likes of Byker and Benwell?
My choice of football team (and coincidentally .....wife!https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif) has been Sunderland, so yes, I'm drawn to 'Mackems'.
I was 7 when I started going to Roker Park (as was), and 15 when Lynn and I got together.
And Lyn, regarding you never getting a ciggie from me when you do the Great north Run?
Howay man! As lovely as you are, there s no way I could wait 4 hours after watching Mo Farrah pass my house, standing around till you stagger past with the 'tidy-up' team with thier big brushes only yards behind you.
I need to pee a lot you know!
Thank you all for the cheer up, and now it must be time for me to start nudging those who can to get themselves to our annual summer 'do' at The Mill On The Soar on June 23rd!
I know you're off to sunnier climes, Lyn.https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
Are you avoiding me?https://community.prostatecanceruk.org/editors/tiny_mce/plugins/emoticons/img/smiley-surprised.gif
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