The Blessings of a Redo

The Blessings of a Redo
Two days after my disastrous Florida vacation (read my last blog), I had a second vacation scheduled. My wife and I planned to meet our eldest son and his wife on a 10–day RV trip to Yellowstone. They were flying in, while we drove our RV. Unfortunately, I returned home from Florida so sick that

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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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  1. Timothy J Yarnall Sr says:

    In 2002 @ 40 I decided to have Urologist examine me and ask for my first PSA test. My brother At 55 in 2000 was diagnosed and had radical Prostectomy. The first known p/cancer in our family. He was in the military, Vietnam vet, exposed to agent orange, civilian life aft VN was working in a curing room of a major tire corp. when the factory closed he went back into the service.

    My dr didn’t want to do PSA because prostate was much real in size, no bumps or lumps, no symptoms. I demanded the test. PSA came back at 10.1, retested 10.1. Biopsies performed and had T1C (aggressive), Gleason Score of 4+3. Off to Johns Hopkins I went. Had radical prostectomy. Was told confined to prostate, 21 lympnodes clean, free area clean, one nerve bundle spared. PSA went below min detectable. No negative symptoms. Back to work in 8 weeks (did climbing so had to wait 8 weeks). I felt at 4 weeks I could return but hopkins said, no can do. 2009 PSA returned to 0.1, examined and said well monitor, 2010 PSA went to 0.2, examined and said we will wait but if it goes to .3. In 2011 it went to .3.

    9 yrs later I was considered reoccurring p/cancer. Many options again at Hopkins I chose hormone time release injection 60 days out then 37 radiation treatments over the next 5 weeks. PSA went below min detect.

    2017 April, PSA test scheduled and Medicare kicked it out. After some fancy coding and a phone call test approved. PSA less than 0.1, what it’s been since radiation treatments at hopkins in 2011.

    My advice, be aggressive in your testing. Don’t take no for an answer. I’ve had friends with much better numbers than me that are deceased. My younger brother (2 yrs younger than me at 60 was diagnosed and went robotics at hopkins. My father is 93, his brother 94, both in good health.

    Don’t take no for an answer. Be aggressive in treatments and testing.

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