Rick and Brenda's lives were changed forever when Rick went to the doctor to get a prescription refill. The doctor unexpectedly decided to perform a prostate exam. When he did, he felt a suspicious lump. Weeks later, a biopsy confirmed that Rick had prostate cancer. As a couple, they found their lives changed in unexpected ways following robotic surgery. They decided to share an intimate glimpse into their lives after surgery so other couples would be more prepared than they were. If you are thinking about surgery, or if you just had surgery, you will want to read about their experiences and the life lessons they learned along the way.
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This book was very helpful in communicating many of the feelings I have struggled with post-prostate surgery. It was good to see that someone else had very similar feelings as I have had post surgery. I have asked my wife to read the book as I think it will be helpful for her to understand my feelings which I have not been able to communicate as well as Rick Redner did in this book. He shares so many of his experiences and learning points that are helpful as discussion points with my doctor as well as things for people to think about who are considering prostate surgery as a treatment for prostate cancer. I would encourage anyone who is considering their options to read this before making a treatment decision. Unfortunately, I don't think surgeons do a good job of describing the potential side effects of surgery. I am continuing to have issues with incontinence 3.5 months post surgery and I honestly didn't appreciate how frustrating it has been to me when I was considering surgery versus radiation therapy. I'm not sure I would change my choice, but I could have been much better prepared for what I would be facing.
Most of the book is from Rick and his issues with prostate cancer. His story is not unusual for man after their prostate is removed. Brenda also adds a lot from the wife's point. A must read for both. As a prostate cancer survivor myself, (2005) Rick and Brenda brings many issue to a head that many doctors will not tell you openly. Thanks Rick/Brenda we need more books like this.