Specialising in the human experience of Living with prostate cancer – warts and all

The End Game – 27 April 2008

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It wasn’t all that bad …

Thanks for your well wishes last week.

Last Monday saw a series of tests that confirmed the secondary cancer diagnosis followed by the prostate cleanout operation on Tuesday afternoon. I was off the drip on Wednesday morning and the catheter was removed on Thursday morning.

I left the Mercy Private Hospital on Friday morning, stayed over at a friend’s place and arrived back in the King Valley on Saturday afternoon. It is so good to be home.

The TURP (rebore) operation turned out to be a piece of cake. Done under a spinal anesthetic, it is off-putting to have the procedure carried out whilst you are still (semi) conscious. Some years back, I had some teeth removed under a general anesthetic and that knocked me around more than this operation.

I want to reassure others who may eventually need this procedure that it is no big deal. Of course there is the discomfort of the catheter and the eventual passing of water, but physically you are fine.

We are now awaiting the result of the biopsy of the matter removed and have to wait til Monday week to get the final verdict to be able to plan The End Game.

I find a need to ‘project plan’ the ride of my life establishing the milestones and the available options. Only when that job is complete, can I start living again.

The most promising news is that they have started me on the girly pills (hormone therapy) and I have been told they have an effective life of about two years. The side effects are kicking in with tiredness, disturbed sleep, excessive farting and a flushed feeling around the ears. Once they establish I can cope with the treatment, they will change over to injections applied every couple of months.

It is good to be back and I want you to know I have not felt this alive for such a long time.


Written by Greg Naylor

27 April 2008 at 3:45 am

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  1. Greg,

    Nice to have you back in a decent part of the world. Hope you saw my favourite view of Melbourne.

    As for the “girly” hormone treatment, hope your missus is keeping her handbags under lock and key! Best wishes for an avoidance of the “end game” for many, many years to come.



    27 April 2008 at 10:34 am

  2. “Hope you saw my favourite view of Melbourne.”

    … what, the haze? It never lifted for the four days I was there. They say the best thing to come out of Melbourne is the Hume Highway.

    Greg Naylor

    27 April 2008 at 11:17 am

  3. So it’s true, females are “excessive farters”? Best of luck Greg, keep punching. Cheers.


    27 April 2008 at 11:31 am

  4. Yeah, Greg, that’s it, only the other way around, in the rear view mirror.


    27 April 2008 at 6:35 pm

  5. glad to see you’re feeling better then Greg.


    28 April 2008 at 9:07 pm

  6. JR you’re “favourite view of Melbourne” isn’t the inside of Young & Jackson’s Pub by chance is it?


    28 April 2008 at 9:12 pm

  7. Me? On the inside of a pub? This is how vicious rumours start! No, my fave view of Melb is in the rear view mirror.

    Cheere, JR


    29 April 2008 at 2:10 pm

  8. ha ha mine too JR, I prefer to keep as far away as possible from both Melbourne and Sydney.


    30 April 2008 at 8:01 pm

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