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I know, it's a weird title. I haven't been on this board much since early last summer. It wasn't the most productive summer of fishing for me. Started out great in May and June. Got some decent early season bass at Beck and an unnamed pond that a Board member clued me into. But after that, couldn't catch anything other than a few stunted bluegill.

In 2019 and 2020, my PSA (prostate value) started climbing. Underwent biopsies in both years, which came back negative. (We won't talk about the "joys" of a prostate biopsy.) I've always been very healthy and in relatively good shape. In 2021 when my PSA numbers still continued to climb, my doctor had me take a prostate MRI. A small lesion showed up on the scan. A targeted biopsy revealed that I had a very aggressive form of prostate cancer. After reviewing all of the alternatives, I opted to undergo a robotic prostatectomy on 11/17/21. Although I read some scary things about possible side effects, I didn't have much of a choice.

Long story short, I've been very, very lucky and blessed. The pathology report showed that the cancer did not spread anywhere. I was also extremely fortunate in that a common side effect (incontinence) did not occur. Not sure why exactly, but I'm very grateful. In most cases it takes several weeks to 6-8 months to regain control. I do have to take regular PSA tests to make sure no microscopic cancer cells start developing, but in a follow up appointment my doctor said he's not expecting to see any problems, but you never know. I'll just take it one step at a time.

I'm back at work and pretty much have my strength back. Really looking forward to another fishing season, cycling up to the Goons again, and hopefully sharing some nice pics in a few months! Stay safe and healthy, my friends!

Steve
 

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Heya Steve! I always think I'll run into you when I hit Beck... sorry to hear about the diagnosis but it's awesome you are back to shape already!

My father died of prostate cancer and I currently have two uncles in the fighting stage... so I'm happy to hear a prostate cancer story that doesn't end badly.
 

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Steve, first off thanks for sharing your personal health ordeal. Second, its music to all of our ears that you've had a positive outcome after surgery. No doubt this post touches and inspires us all. Look forward to you hoisting those green fish up when the weather warms.
 

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Heya Steve! I always think I'll run into you when I hit Beck... sorry to hear about the diagnosis but it's awesome you are back to shape already!

My father died of prostate cancer and I currently have two uncles in the fighting stage... so I'm happy to hear a prostate cancer story that doesn't end badly.
Hey Minstrel! So sorry to hear about your dad and your two Uncles. Praying for them and sending healing thoughts! And yeah, we may run into each other at Beck come May or June!
 
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