How are you doing...

By: Sam Dick - Email
By: Sam Dick - Email

That's a question I get all the time out in public, and I usually respond by saying, "I'm doing great!"

That's a question I get all the time out in public, and I usually respond by saying, "I'm doing great!" Surgery was back on Dec. 9th so I am about 2 1/2 months into recovery. I am back into training for triathlons six-days a week. My running is feeling better each week in terms of endurance and leg conditioning. I am running about 3 times a week...5-7 miles each time as I prepare for RunTheBluegrass Half-Marathon on April 3rd at the Ky. Horse Park. For non-runners that's 13.1 miles! I have no wetness issues while running. That usually is only a problem when I suddenly squat down, or really push myself physically. It's a pain, but seems to be less of a problem with each day. I am swimming 2-3 times a week too, and average about 2-miles each time. No wetness problems there except for being in the water. Ha! Ha! I am also on a bike indoors for workouts and doing some core exercises twice a week. The chin-up bar is where I have had some leakage problems, but again seems to improve each week. My surgeon has told me I can do whatever I want exercise wise. I noticed I get up less at night for the bathroom, and my "stream" is stronger than pre-surgery. Those are both positives.

As far as impotence it is slowly improving, but not as fast as the bladder control issues. That is what I read and was told would happen. I am probably about 50% pre-surgery in this area. You just have to be patient, and not get too hung up on it (pun intended here). Support from your wife/partner is crucial here, and Noelle has been nothing short of amazing in helping me cope.
I continue to hear from men and wives about their concerns and questions. I enjoy helping where I can. Sometimes I can be a sounding board, or just offer advice given my experience. It is a humbling and educational journey. But the great news is...catch it early, deal with it, and cure it.
I hope many of you will be able to watch my story Wednesday night at 11 after the UK b-ball game on WKYT. I am airing my interview with Eddie Montgomery, country music star, on his recent diagnosis and surgery with prostate cancer. He had surgery about the same time I did in December, and is now back touring with Montgomery Gentry. Like me, it put a scare into him, but he's taken action and hopefully beating it. I commend Eddie for going public with his health situation. His story will save some lives, I am convinced.
Peace, love, and good health to all of you!
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