November, 2012, will mark the fifth anniversary of my prostate cancer diagnosis and surgery. Anticipating positive results on the PSA lab work, that means my chances for long-term survival jump to high levels. Some might suggest, with their accolades and huzzahs, that that is major good news. Indeed it is. But with it comes side affects that don’t give you back all the pleasures of life you once enjoyed.
Recognizing what those affects are and learning to live with them, limitations and all, marks settling into a changed life style. When the surgeon told me that my biopsy showed my prostate cancer a 9 on the Gleason scale, that, he insisted, gave reason enough for radical surgical removal. In his language, he “wanted to put his hands on it.” He assured me that he would do all possible to avoid complications and would work to leave me without