And yet, I am really OK with it…seriously.
So I hadn’t been to a doctor in 14 years and figured it might be a good idea. Did bunches of tests for all sorts of things and basically, came out pretty good…have high cholesterol so got some pills for that, but other than that, all is pretty good considering 14 years had passed - oh, and then there is that prostate cancer thing. I will admit, the biopsy part of the test was not a lot of chuckles. The next time a woman tells me a mammogram is uncomfortable, I can up the ante on that story!
The good news is they caught it really early…my Gleason score is 7 which is apparently borderline…8, 9, or 10 would have been a bit more serious.
Still, cancer is cancer so I start radiation next week…there are lots of options for treatment, but this is the least invasive. The treatment I chose is 15 minutes, five days a week, for eight weeks…basically just sit there and get zapped, which is pretty much what I did in bars every night in my youth. Oh, and I get free tattoos! Well, two microscopic points so they can calculate the exact location for radiation. I am going to ask if I can get more intricate tattoos done, as long as they are going to do them…I was thinking of some tribal motif.
The prognosis for men who have treatment is very good - excellent, in fact. I really have no fear, nor am I nervous. Yeah, 15 minutes a day is inconvenient for the next 8 weeks (there were other options, so this was my choice), but considering what might have happened had I waited longer, I won’t complain.
So that is it in a nutshell, so to speak.
And guys, if you are over 45 and haven’t been tested, go! It is a simple blood test and then, if the test comes back funky, another simple test. Lots of treatments available, especially in early stages, and putting off this test could be a matter of being alive to vote in the next election, or not.
So go get tested!
At any rate, I will check back in with a follow up.