Archive for July, 2011

The Trials of Life

July 17, 2011

I’ve been absent from this blog due to illness. We all have goals in life, and I always strive to achieve mine, but sometimes fate throws us a curve we can’t negotiate. Though I have been ill for some time, my doctors couldn’t find a cause, and summarily dismissed my suggestion that it might be related to my long history of prostate inflammation. In April, after my PSA (a first-line indicator of prostate cancer risk.) spiked, I was sent in for a biopsy and the diagnosis came back with the “bad” news that I indeed had cancer.

You’ll notice I put “bad” in quotes. In fact, the urologist was surprised when I smiled as he was giving me the news. He might have thought me demented, but I had only recently learned of several small studies showing that people with persistent prostate inflammation were entirely cured when their prostates were removed. Could I be? My doctors definitely didn’t think so, and would never have authorized the expensive operation on the chance it might help me. Now that I had cancer, they would authorize the surgery, and my insurance would help pay for its removal.

I won’t bore you with all the details, but the result was a post-surgery surge in energy, and nearly immediate disappearance of all my previous symptoms. One day after surgery, I had so much energy, I was ready to go home and get back to work. The constant and irritating sickly feeling I’ve been putting up with for years was completely gone. I knew from the first day I’d never again have to wonder when my energy would simply vanish, leaving me struggling to gracefully find a place to sit before I collapsed onto the floor. During the nearly three weeks since, that belief has proven true. Yes, there have been ups and downs, as anyone would experience after a major operation, but nothing as immediate as what I had been experiencing.

This isn’t the end of this story. Though the surgeon was very confident he got all the cancer, the final word doesn’t come for two more months when they do another PSA test. PSA is only produced by prostate cells, or their cancer cells that might have escaped before the prostate was removed. We’re all hoping that number is zero, which means none remain in my body.

I’ll keep you posted.

Clifford M. Scovell
Prison Earth – the series