Stories of Hope

One year after da Vinci prostatectomy – “We’re doing well”

My husband got his (our) diagnosis of prostate cancer in September 2007. We had already started doing research and discussing what he might do if the biopsy came back positive. I had a gut feeling from the day we were told his PSA was elevated what the outcome was going to be. When we actually …

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We thought our sex life was over, but it wasn’t – “We were encouraged”

Thank you for allowing me to participate in this wonderful forum. This post is meant to calm some fears that many couples have when first confronted with this monster of a disease. When Bob was diagnosed with prostate cancer this past January, we were shocked and devastated.  The first and only decision we made was …

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Despite androgen deprivation therapy, we have found what works for us – “We value everything about each other more”

I certainly concur that the impact of ADT (androgen deprivation therapy) treatments [Doug was on Suprafact for three years and had 37 radiation treatments] for PCa is often more distressing for partners of PCa survivors than the survivor himself. It makes ultimate sense that when a guy loses all his testosterone and thus his libido, …

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Coping when prostate cancer has metastasized – “It was really hard at first”

In October 2005, we received sad news about our life. My 42-year-old husband had prostate cancer that had metastasized to his bones. We left the doctor’s visit with the word “incurable” engraved in our minds. I spent the rest of the evening wrapped in my husband’s arms with him telling me everything is going to …

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