My "friend" is finally gone...

By: Sam Divk
By: Sam Divk

Another important step forward on Monday. Eleven days after my surgery for prostate cancer my catheter is history

Another important step forward on Monday. Eleven days after my surgery for prostate cancer my catheter is history. Yea! 24-hours a day it was more inconvenience than anything else. I have a whole new appreciation for the bladder, and what used to be a simple trip to the bathroom. We won't get too graphic here, but all the guys who have been through prostate surgery know what I'm talking about here: removing the catheter sounds a lot more painful than it really is, and that's a really good thing.

My Lexington urologist will be checking my psa level every six-months. Our goal is to make sure the psa number is below point-one. I'll do that for the next two-years. As long as the psa stays close to zero...it means the cancer is gone.
 
It's interesting. Until I went public with my health situation, the only other people I knew who had prostate cancer were my father and brother-in-law. Since going public, so many have reached out to me with their stories of treatment. Monday I met with one of those men...who has survived prostate cancer, and wanted to help me post-op. We discussed some of the most intimate details of dealing with this disease after the prostate has been removed. Yes, you can go to the Internet to research, and certainly ask your doctor all the questions, but there's nothing quite like meeting a local man face-to-face who has gone thru exactly what you're experiencing. Very educational and a relief. His surgery for prostate cancer was five-years ago, and today he lives a normal life (all the plumbing is working). His relationship with his wife is stronger because they faced the side-effects together. I assured him my wife is on board 150%. What a difference that makes!  He preached patience and prayer. Greg -thanks for your friendship and advice today.
 
I hope I can be the same help to someone in the future. It's the least I can do for the blessings I have received these past couple of months.
 
And one more note, some people have been asking me-when?  I plan to be back in the anchor saddle at WKYT starting next Monday, Dec. 27th.
 
Merry Christmas everyone!
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