Three school Grandparent’s Days and counting
But the tablets were working, and my PSA dropped dramatically to 0.38. To my great relief, I became more mobile and was no longer bedridden.
My consultants put me forward for upfront chemotherapy which had recently been approved as part of the worldwide STAMPEDE programme. I responded very well to this: it significantly reduced the underlying tumour and left no active cancer in the bones. I feel very grateful that I benefitted from this treatment, which would not have been available just a few short years before. The chemotherapy concluded in May 2017 and, since then, I have a hormone therapy injection every 12 weeks and a review with my oncology consultant every six months.
Physically and mentally I am in a good place and nearly three years after diagnosis I am able to lead a normal life.
A month prior to my diagnosis all the family had agreed to fly to Florida to celebrate my 65th birthday. While I was bedridden, I had plenty of time to reflect and came to the conclusion that I could become bitter and angry or could adopt a positive attitude and make the most of whatever time I had left. The promise of the Florida trip and my determination not to miss out gave me focus and I made it! Great times that I never thought I’d live to see.
My diagnosis has helped me refine and reinforce my outlook on life rather than change it. It has really focused my mind on the value of time and reminded me that family and friends are the truly important things in life. Being able to attend my grandchildren’s school for Grandparents Day was really special, because during my treatment I thought I’d miss out on this too. I’ve now been to three Grandparents Days – and counting!