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Curtis Carlin's Story

Posted on February 28 2016

Curtis Carlin's Story
My name is Curtis Carlin, I am a Prostate Cancer Survivor and here is my story.

It was July 17th, 2010 when the phone rang, it was my doctor calling with the results of my prostate exam and blood work. He did no mince words when he gave the dreadful news, "Mr. Carlin you have prostate cancer and you are diabetic," my whole world stopped. I got off the phone and told my wife Ann the news and we collapsed into each others arms and just cried. We had only been married for 21 months at that point and could not believe what we had heard. Once the news had sunk in we looked at each and said we are not giving up without a fight. A few days later the Urology Clinic at St. Luke's in Meridian, Idaho called to set up my first visit with my doctor. We went to the appointment a few days later and asked my doctor what the prognosis was, was I going to die or could it be cured. He said that they had to do a biopsy of my prostate before he could answer that question so he could not give definite answers at that point. He did his initial exam and then set up the appointment with his nurse for the biopsy. The day of the biopsy Ann and I were nervous wrecks, understandable considering what was about to happen. The procedure was painful to say the least. They had taken 21 biopsies from my prostate that day and I was in a considerable amount of pain. The doctor told us he would have the results in a week and that I needed to set up another appointment to back and go over those results. The next seven days were pure torture on Ann and I. The day finally came for the appointment and to get the results and we were both nervous wrecks. We were taken into a nice room and waited for the doctor to show up. He finally came in after what seemed like hours but was only 10 minutes. He sat down and said I have your results, "It is stage 6 Prostate Cancer." Ann and I just sat there looking at each other and crying. The doctor gave us a few minutes to compose ourselves and then began explaining the results and told us that he wanted to set up a day for surgery to perform a Prostatectomy, removal of my prostate. But before he went any further he informed us that he himself had gone through the same a few years prior and that my survival rate was excellent. He also tole us that I had had the cancer for about 5 years. We set the surgery date for September of that year and began getting everything ready. Surgery day finally arrived and both Ann and I were scared out of our minds. The doctor came in the pre-op room and told us how things were going to go and how long he expected it to take. The surgery took 4 hours and in that time they removed my prostate and biopsied the lymph nods in my groin area to make sure the cancer had not spread. After I had woken up and was lucid the doctor came in my room and explained what he had found when he preformed the surgery. He told us the cancer had been contained in my prostate and had not spread anywhere else, Ann and I were so happy to hear that news. My recovery time was six weeks in which my doctor told me I was a poster child for Prostatectomy surgery. I healed up great and had only one little incident with bleeding that was normal for that kind of surgery. Here it is February 8th, 2016 and I have been cancer free ever since. I am due to go in for my annual checkup and will give results as soon as I get them.Ann and I thank the good Lord everyday for keeping me here and we both enjoy every single day we have together. I am now a Grandfather to five beautiful children and husband to the best wife a man could ask for. So on that note, I 'Socked it to Cancer" and will continue to "Sock it to Cancer." This is why Ann and I do the Relay for Life.