Summer’s Rushing By While Some Things Stand Wonderfully Still

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks, with Home Run Challenge, Father’s Day and the 4th of July Holiday.

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The warmth of the summer sun, a chilled glass of ice tea on the terrace and an undetectable PSA–yes, its a good summer!

I know I’ve been quiet lately–partially catching my breath after an exhilarating Home Run Challenge that has raised more than $1 million (and counting) to support much needed research to protect our fathers and sons, and placing the prostate cancer issue in front of millions of baseball fans and television viewers. I’ve also allowed myself some “me time” –letting cancer play its new secondary role in my life.

But I have to break my silence to let you know that my latest PSA result came back undetectable. While I no longer panic waiting for results, the news was every bit the same to me as a national holiday. In fact, it was my very own Independence Day, confirming at least a continued temporary, if not sustained independence from this disease.

Yes, I feel so good with Lupron behind me. My transition off treatment wasn’t an easy one. The surge of returning hormones was a reverse assault. It charged my emotions and played with my abilities almost more compared to being in the depths of treatment. Few can understand or even sympathize with what that process was like. Looking back, I believe more studies may be warranted to understand the tremendous impact coming off treatment and a storm front of surging testosterone can have on a guy. It can change a person forever. It was my own hurricane Sandy.

But that is past. And I am alive and writing this entry sitting in the warmth of the glorious summer sun.

As I take all of this in, I still have to wonder, how many men will be faced with a diagnosis today… how many will learn that their PSAs are rising… how many will begin to feel the pain in their bones, confirming their fears that their disease is indeed progressing. For them I continue to pray. For them we need to continue our assault on this disease. For them, I will continue to write whatever I can to provide some comfort and hope. It’s the least we can do.

Yes, life is unpredictable, but it’s still beautiful.  Bless you all.

–Dan

 

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5 Responses to “Summer’s Rushing By While Some Things Stand Wonderfully Still”

  1. Glad your back. Great news on the PSA.

  2. Congrats on the latest PSA reading. I’ve been on Lupron for 7 months and am intrigued by your comments on “coming back off”. Is there more information available here or somewhere else that may be helpful when I return to life with testosterone?

    Thanks,
    Mike

  3. Congratulations, Dan! Undetectable is a magical word I hope to be able to use someday. For now, I am relieved to have seen my doubling PSA abruptly stop and actually go down 0.05. It may not seem like much to non-PCa patients and survivors, but it is a marvelous thing to me. It would be interesting to hear from post- Lupron users on their withdrawal experiences…it will better prepare me for the time when I can get off it! Stay well. Enjoy your summer.
    Greg

  4. Happy Independence Day!

  5. Hey Dan,
    I have followed you for the last year or so. I’ve also been tracking with you in the disease. I’m now 46 and have metastatic prostate cancer for the last 2 yrs. I am just stopping Lupron this month and was curious as to what side affects you dealt with coming off of the drug…what I might look forward to. Thanks for sharing your journey. Here’s to undetectable PSA’s.
    Cheers,
    Bryan