I woudn't ignore what has happened to you. I once told my doctor, that I was dealing with my cancer better, that I didn't even think about it! She advised me that wasn't the proper response to my situation. That I still needed to be aware of my current medical situation, because it was important to strive for the best health status.
I had prostate cancer surgery, about 7 years ago. And 8 weeks of daily radiation treatments, a couple of years later.
At no time has my PSA ever gone to a 0.00 level.
I am a 7 year survivor, despite always having some PSA level.
You are a SURVIVOR, in my opinion. You were a patient, during the surgery.
It takes TIME to determine what your prognosis is, after surgery or radiation treatments.
It has been 7 years now, since my diagnosis; I still have my PSA level checked every 6 months--and will for the rest of my life.
Usually this is checked every 3 months, the first couple of years after radiation treatments.
I would be patient, and let TIME sort out what your status is.
After my radiation treatments, the doctor advised that the
tissues are impacted by the treatment, and I would still show positive PSA levels for a period of time.
TOMI, I do agree that you won't be the same person you were, before the cancer diagnosis. BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE TO
CONTROL YOUR LIFE, AND NOT LET CANCER DO SO.
I live life to its fullest! I do not take life for granted. I enjoy each day, for what it has to offer. I do not feel sorry for myself.
They say "LIFE IS TOO SHORT" to dwell on insignificant issues.
I do not know what my own future holds. I have had all available medical procedures for my prostate cancer(surgery and radiation). My cancer was in remission, twice. It is unrelenting.
It is currently NOT in remission, and no means to stop it, SHORT OF A CURE.
But I still have one thing--HOPE.
I served in the US Air Force in Viet Nam, and survived.
I served as a police officer for 33 years and survived.
I had a stroke at age 40 and survived.
I was diagnosed with cancer at age 53! Usual age of diagnosis is 65-70!!!!!!!
** I AM STILL ON THIS EARTH BECAUSE OF MY ATTITUDE.
MY WILL TO OVERCOME WHAT "CHALLENGES", LIFE THROWS AT ME.
*** TOMI, sorry for this long novel, but I think it is important for you to realize, some of the things that I have experienced.
You are a SURVIVOR too. Please be patient and let TIME sort out, where your medical condition stands.
Develop the "survivor attitude" about life, and I think that you will be able to improve your future quality of life.