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About the Author

On November 5, 2009, I underwent radical prostatectomy surgery in order to free myself from living with prostate cancer. Essentially everything in this book is based directly on my personal experiences before and after my prostatectomy. If you are planning to undergo another type of cancer treatment, your postoperative experiences may be very different from mine, and much of what I have to say about my recovery in the second half of this book may not apply to you.

When I was told that I had prostate cancer, my first thought was to find out what my options were. I didn't ask “ Why me?” or begin wringing my hands about bad luck or attempt to apportion blame. None of those things would stop my cancer. Worrying only invites misery and oft en delays taking action, providing time for the cancer to grow and spread. I found myself in a bad situation, and I set out to deal with it.

In the first part of the book, I talk about how I came to the decision to undergo radical prostatectomy, and I describe my thoughts on the subject. My decision was based on my personal understanding of the therapies and treatments available at the time. Your decision should be based on your own careful consideration of the therapies available to you.

I am not a doctor, nor have I had medical training of any sort. Under no circumstances should the reader presume that I have expertise pertaining to any of the therapies I discuss in this book. I relied heavily on my urologist’s suggestions and guidance. He gave me the basic information I needed to begin researching my condition and to reach a decision on how to deal with it.

I spent a lot of time searching the Internet and investigating the possibilities open to me. In addition, I searched out men who have had prostate cancer. I found that the men who have weathered this storm were eager to talk about their experiences when they realized that I was asking for myself. Aft er all was said and done, I decided to go with a relatively new approach to prostate surgery: robotic prostatectomy.

Although I believe that my decision was the right one for me, this book is not an endorsement for robotic prostatectomy or any particular surgical procedure or therapy. My chief purpose in writing this book is to give the men who are considering radical prostatectomy a look at what they might expect during their own recoveries. The important thing to remember when dealing with cancer is that regardless of what you decide to do, your decision will come with consequences that will remain with you for the rest of your life. And so it is up to YOU to make the best choice that you can.

I urge the reader to consider the reasoning I present in this book as a sort of “devil’s advocate” argument. Be critical of what I say and discuss your ideas with your doctor. By questioning everything I say in this book, you may gain a better understanding of the facts involved in your own situation.

Best of luck.

Craig Johnson

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse (January 19, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1450282067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1450282062
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,093,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Good insight into what could be experienced. Technology has improved dramatically since 2009. Worthwhile read for someone dealing with this issue.
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This book was SO helpful in preparing my husband for his surgery. The journey that Mr. Johnson describes very closely paralleled that of my husband's. We gathered a lot of helpful hints regarding items to put on our "shopping list"! My husband continues to refer to the book as he is going through the recovery process. Short and to the point, but ever so helpful.
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The author, not being a doctor, has a unique insight into the whole prostrate cancer 'Adventure'. Advebture is a good description for any major medical procedure. The book is to the point and doesn't wander of the topic. I found his discussion of method of treatment to be informative as well as the after surgery complications that may not be brought to light by someone without his experience. Definitely worth the read.
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The book is short and an easy read. In the first half of the book the author is quick to point out that he's no medical expert, and he reminds the reader of this time and again. He talks about his own experiences and why he decided to choose surgery. Johnson encourages readers to discuss all the issues he brings up with their doctors. In the second part of the book he talks about his recovery from surgery. Normally this would not be a pleasant subject to address, but Johnson mixes in his own brand of brash humor. He provides some good advice about things from how to hang your urine bag by the bed, to dealing with insurance companies and medication expenses.

The subject of prostate cancer is treated by most authors with sullen seriousness. Johnson avoids the sullen attitude. He obviously took his condition very seriously when he went through it, but he successfully provides the reader with the benefits of his experience in a humorous way. The book doesn't read like a story. Johnson writes about specific items about his recovery that he thinks the reader should know about.

After reading this book I'm not convinced that surgery is the right solution for me, but I have come away with a clear idea of what to expect if I do decide to go with surgery. I recommend this book for anyone, male or female, who will have to deal with prostate cancer.
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