Slow Recovery from ADT Stalls a Triathlete’s Plans
Perspective and a positive outlook help Steve Davidson deal with a temporary setback.
In December, I ran a guest blog from Steve Davidson. He is a triathlete who was planning to participate in Ironman Brazil this April. Having just finished his Lupron treatments, he was set to start training and get back into the game. Unfortunately, he learned that it takes a while to shake the cumulative effects of ADT. According to other patients I have spoken with, it can take a good 12 months to fully recover. When Steve first wrote to me two weeks ago to share his news, I had a terrible feeling of disappointment for him. I do not like to hear of set backs–in any form–for any of our brothers. However, when I read his next entry (below), I was encouraged by his perspective and optimism. I am sure many readers will relate to his reality. I hope many will also be encouraged by it. Here is Steve’s update:
I have withdrawn from Ironman Brazil 2012.
I wrote in December that my plan was to build up my base endurance and begin training for Ironman Brazil after the New Year. I hoped that I would become stronger, limited, of course, by my recently-completed Lupron treatment.
To my surprise, the opposite happened. I found myself becoming more fatigued and ever slower. I was still having hot flashes and my weight continued to increase. I finally came to realize that, although I had my final quarterly injection on August 15, four months later the side effects continued to intensify. While my urologist informed me about and has monitored me for the cardiac risks associated with Lupron, he sort of skipped over the long lasting and cumulative effects of ADT.
Had I known then what I know now, I never would have registered for the May race last June. I realize now that, even though one is no longer getting ADT treatment, the side effects can continue to build for many months before any reversal begins.
Part of being an Ironman triathlete involves believing “Anything is Possible.” However, they didn’t have Lupron in mind when they came up with that slogan.
So, I will use the time that I am getting over ADT to have shoulder surgery. I should be recovered from that operation by about May and then I can gradually begin to build up for Ironman Brazil 2013.
And, all things in perspective: yes, I am disappointed I will not be competing in Brazil in four months. On the other hand, right now those seed implants are killing my cancer and I plan to enjoy my retirement for many years. And, I have a little better appreciation for what my brothers who are on ADT for years are dealing with.
Be well. I’ll let you know when I am back to training.
Our best wishes are with you, Steve. Keep us posted! –Dan