Well I had a PSA test back in 2018 as my Dad had Prostrate Cancer and I thought at the young age of 53 it was a good idea. PSA was 1, no symptoms and I felt great. In 2019 my mum died so life was manic for a while and it did not settle until the December and then Covid hit us.
In December 2020 I asked the GP for a PSA test as I was finding it hard to maintain the flow and start but felt physically great, so I had a PSA test on the 30th Dec. On the 5th Jan 21 I was in A&E with bladder retention as my prostrate had decided to strangle my pipes. The PSA test from the December came back as 10.7, a digit exam in A&E was a concern so I came away feeling a little worried. 5 days later an MRI scan, 6 days later a biopsy, four days after that a full body bone scan and then three days later a Flex-cystoscopy.... credit to the NHS and Addenbrookes for fitting me in so quick.
My consultant phoned me Friday 12th Feb with the news I have Prostrate Cancer in 14 of the 15 biopsy's, it was not in my bladder :-) but in my pelvic bone :-( . Due to cancer being in my pelvic bone the only treatment is hormone treatment - which they put me on when in A&E just in case and I had my first hormone injection last Wednesday ( repeated very three months). I was told there is no cure for me, just management and if the cancer behaved and my body worked well with the hormone treatment then I have years not months..... I have my CT scan this Wednesday to check my thorax, pelvis and stomach and then I get to see the Oncologist. I have three specialist Nurses assigned to me which is great.... not sure I need three but heck happy to oblige.
My wife has been on the journey with me from the start and she has been amazing. My daughters live with my ex-wife so we told them on Friday afternoon and my in-laws and brother on Saturday...... Head is all over the place and to be honest I did not expect to be here at the age of 55...... but then again who does....
BUT.... we have a journey to go on and no matter how long or short, it will be filled with fun, a positive attitude and some serious steaming dollops of good humour. There are times I find it hard..... times I worry for my wife and daughters and times I just say the F word a lot....... seems to help although my dogs do look at my funny.
Anyway.... here to help anyone I can and keen to hear your updates, journeys and who know's, if anyone is around Cambridge way and we are allowed, meet up for a beer or three - medication allowing :-)
Please take care and be safe.