Jim, thats why I come here looking for you, although, it's true, I get several positive responses from other wonderful members here.
I really need your positive outlook now. I've been reading that seminal vesicle invasion leads to a poor prognosis. I don't want to face my retirement years alone and it makes me feel so sad to think that that is now a real possibility. I'm also very frightened about the thought that Irv might get really sick from this down the road. I hate to sound so gloomy but that's my fear talking.
I've already given up on the idea that his spontaneous erection will come back, even with the nerve graft, and I actually feel sad that that has now taken a back seat and become of such distant importance. Now, all I think about is having him by my side through our golden years.
Jim, have you found any research which would throw some light on Irv's situation? For instance, although there is no question, if Irv's PSA isn't at 0 when we get it checked in 6 weeks, then he should have adjuvant radiation therapy, there seems to be a question if his PSA is, in fact, at 0. If that's the case, should he still have adjuvant RT or wait until it goes up and then have salvage RT. I personally think, even though Irv's nerves wouldn't survive, that it would be best for him to have adjuvant RT regardless. Do you have any input on this?
I'm going to hold the positive words you've said close to my heart. I know, also, time brings new developments with it and with our aging baby boomer society, prostate cancer research is of utmost importance.
I'm so happy that you've enjoyed your vacation time. On a lighter note, this reminds me of a movie with Billie Crystal. I think it was called Analyze This where a crazy patient goes searching for his psychiatrist while he's on vacation. It was very funny. However, keep enjoying your vacations and I promise, as much as I might rely on you when time gets tough, I won't follow you on your vacations.
I'm hoping that Irv and I can go on a vacation this year, as soon as possible. G-d knows, we NEED it!
Thanks again for being there with all of your positive insight.