GREG'S LEGACY

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

The Final Chapter For Relief From My Gross Haematuria

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Some health at last

Some health at last

Well it has taken me a little while to recover sufficiently from my surgery to be able to report progress back to my readers, however here I am. Firstly I would like to thank all those friends and family members who phoned me with personal support and best wishes prior to the surgery. I really appreciated those calls and they helped me feel not so alone, I took those wishes with me into the surgical theatre on the morning of my procedure. So here then is the final chapter (I hope) of the resolution of my gross haematuria.

I mentioned in my last post that I underwent an MRI scan for an updated analysis of the bladder and what was left of my prostate gland. This MRI was undertaken on a machine that was new to the Townsville area and was not covered by medicare and the full cost had to be payed by me. This technology should be interesting for men facing a biopsy for prostate cancer as it was a 3 Tesla multi parametric MRI, The resolution and findings of which I was to find out was truly amazing. The MRI images were so clear even I could see the problems and the report indicated just how bad the condition of the bladder was. however the MRI report also identified and graded the remaining cancer tumours from T2 to T3a in various parts of the prostate including the bladder neck. It ruled out tumours in the lymph glands and ureters. All this MRI information was confirmed as correct in the pathology report after completion of the surgery. So perhaps we have a new tool able to screen men that is not as invasive as the current biopsy protocol’s.

The operation was major surgery taking nearly eleven hours to complete and included the removal of the bladder, prostate gland, lymph glands and biopsies of the ureters and appendix. It also included the formation of a stoma using part of the ileal conduit from the bowel. Recovery is slow but I am so thankful to have been given this second chance and an escape from the fear of the blood clots and blockages I was experiencing. The fact that all remaining identified cancer has been removed gives me confidence that I will enjoy many more years of health although I recognise that there is no guarantee’s against the cancer returning in the future. At least I feel like I now have a future as such. I was in such a bad way prior to this surgery and heading downward rapidly that I feel without this procedure I would have died from the complications of the haematuria in a short time.

My story is now told and hopefully will remain on this web site for any other poor soul who may be unlucky enough to be on the same road. My cancer experience and treatment with radiation is a rare experience for patients but none the less remains a possibility as I am testament to. I have been lucky enough to have found a urologist who had the skill sets and experience to successfully tackle the operation on a patient after radiation treatment to the pelvic area and to him I will be forever grateful. I am happy to discuss my little adventures to anybody who seeks any further information. Here’s looking at life!!!!!!

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

As the year is ending while I am still mending I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a stress free and happy Christmas and a healthy prosperous 2015. I will hopefully be back in touch with this site early in the new year.

And a Prosperous Healthy New Year

And a Prosperous Healthy New Year

Lee

aka

Popeye

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Written by Lee

12 December 2014 at 5:26 am

Posted in PERSONAL

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  1. So thankful the surgery went well and you are now on the road to recovery. We think of you always and pray for you. We hope if you are up to it, sometime in the first half of next year that we will come for a visit and show Tony how the other half live! Have a wonderful Christmas knowing you can rest easy and recover. Lots of love, Meg, Tony, Harrison & Hayden xo

    Megan Oliver

    12 December 2014 at 3:59 pm

    • Thanks Megan and yes you are right I am a blessed person. The outcome of the surgery was perfect and gives me a future to look forward to. The alternative was pretty bleak for me had the surgeon refused to operate.
      But I now have a God Box which was suggested to me by a friend. It is a little box labelled as such and I get to write anything that is bothering me on a piece of paper and drop it in God’s box for him to sort out. It is full of my worries and also my thank you’s for guiding me through that terrible time. I still have the box and If I remember I will send you a photo.

      Lee

      13 December 2014 at 6:08 am


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