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Michael Caudle and Tammy live in North Carolina, USA. He was 52 when he was diagnosed in July, 2015. His initial PSA was 5.50 ng/ml, his Gleason Score was 7b, and he was staged T2b. His choice of treatment was Surgery (Robotic Laparoscopic Prostatectomy). Here is his story.

My name is Michael and I'm not alone! Thanks to YANA I will share my journey. I had watched my PSA go up for the last 3 years from a 3 to a 4.5 Jan 2015. My regular doctor called me back for another PSA in April to find it was 5.5. At this time he did a DRE a felt a node or nodule on the prostate so it was off to the urologist we go! He also felt it and said the dreaded words (in slow motion) You need a biopsy!

This was done on July 2nd with no pain medication and a lot claw and grip marks on the wall. On July the 7th I got the results. With 7 out of 12 needle positive for cancer. My heart sunk. There was no option for me it had to come out. So I have spent the last 2 weeks looking over HIFU and the robotic surgery and I sway back in forth. I feel quiet certain I'm going with the robotic. I just want it out. I understand the benefits and set backs to both but I just feel it is right for me. I like the knowing after the surgery as to the state of the surrounding tissue. But with HIFU I feel you are destroying the tissue that might be able to answer some questions. So now that this decision was made I had 6 beers with tears and a pity part by myself for an afternoon and then this part was over and it's on to beating this cancers ass!

I will be thorough as possible in the upcoming days to every ache and pain as to be informative as possible. Just email me if I get long winded. My surgery is Sept 2nd and I'm trying to do all my Kegels and lose some weight as well. Going to therapy in the morning and can't wait to see what they will be throwing at me. I'm going into this very optimistic because what other way is there? Plan for the worst. Hope for the best and along my way perhaps I can comfort someone else heart. Catch you up soon!

UPDATED

March 2016

Well had the Robotic surgery September 2015 and all went well. Life was much better after the cath was removed and I was done with diapers and pads after 7 weeks. Erection came back after 6 weeks as well. Doc said I was not rare but that was a pretty quick recovery. Its now been 7 months and all is well. I FEEL BLESSED! Will continue to watch the PSA and realize that each day is a blessing. I feel the choice I made was right for me as far as the surgery. I felt if any cancer was in my body I wanted it removed. I have several friends who have not fared as well. If you find yourself in the same boat as I'm in all I can say is do your homework! Your health is yours to decide, not a doctor. Talk to your friends. You maybe shocked at those close to you that have been through this but just never said anything about it. Many thanks to YANA for posting others journeys. It has helped me in so many ways! I encourage you to read them all because everyone is different. Will post again in a few months. God bless YOU

UPDATED

October 2016

Well it's been a year and everything is fine. Had my PSA checked today and it's still 0. My doctor continues to tell me I'm a rare case because I have no side effects. I'm just thankful ! I do get a little jittery each time I have my PSA checked. I feel like things are going to well. Well good luck to all YANA guys and keep your heads up. Each day is a blessing!

Michael's e-mail address is: mcaudle1@triad.rr.com


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