I found this site 18 months after my radical prostatectomy. I wish I had found it 8 days after! The users of this site have been incredibly responsive to my questions, and their replies are always thoughtful. Almost everyone who contributes information is careful to attribute sources or say that it's opinion rather that research-based. From the very first time I submitted a question and had answers within a matter of hours, I knew this community was compassionate, caring, nurturing and affirming. I've learned much more in the past couple of months than I have from my surgeon who's been seeing me every 3 months for the past two years!
I am status post high dose conformal radiation plus a year of Zoladex in 2006. I was steered to Us Too's local chapter and have been receiving the 8 pg monthly leaflet now from the national packaged with the local chapter's two page leaflet. I am thus apprised what is going on in prostate cancer research and treatment from both the national and local level. I am glad there are these efforts being sustained on a continuing basis. I believe the information is from reliable experts in the field. I can give Us TOO a positive vote for their efforts. I currently have a near zero PSA.
My name is Manuel "Manny" Vazquez from the Houston, TX, area.
Us TOO International has been invaluable to me, both at the local Houston, TX, chapter. named Tex Us TOO, and the parent organization, Us TOO International, Inc. Both my local and the national chapters have been invaluable to me, providing information and support. I, in turn, have been able to help many others that eventually came on board. Without Us TOO, my life after prostate cancer would have been very rough. We can help each other out in our capacity of "Professional Survivors". Medical professionals are very good at what they do in terms of therapies. However, with very few exceptions, they are absolutely unable or unwilling to deal with the consequences of those therapies. We can complement each other addressing the "whole man" , not just a diseased gland.
US Too International has been a huge help to my husband and myself as we have gone through the prostate cancer journey. There is help for everyone on this site - those who are spiritual, those who want facts, those who want very personal and useful information about intimacy, and every other aspect of this very trying disease. It is the one site we recommend to friends who are newly diagnosed. It seems like the best thing we can do for them.
There is no way I could begin to relate all the ways UsTOO International has helped me to battle my prostate cancer. The insights and information I have received from the truly caring doctors, like Dr. Strum, et al, advocate, Chuck Maack, and other fellow cancer victims, have given me the necessary information to continue this endless battle.
After being diagnosed with Protate Cancer, I spent a lot of time perusing various sites on the internet for info on PCa. Not only did the Us TOO site provide what seemed to be a lot of level headed info
Over the months, I have come across various sites that while once current, the interest in maintaining the site has dropped off or they have an agenda. This does not appear to be the case with the US TOO site.
They also maintain the ProtatePointer mailing lists (over a dozen different topics).
I have been following patient conversation and the recommendations of medical doctors through this site for nearly a decade. This is an invaluable resource for men who face a very difficult disease. Beyond that, the site has helped me to be better informed and more conscious of how my diagnosis and treatment schedule should proceed. Thanks to all of the volunteers, medical doctors and patients who share their knowledge. I cannot say enough positive things here to express the feeling of gratitude I have for this resource.
I am the wife of a Prostate Cancer survivor. Through US TOO and its online support groups, I have received information about the disease which was vital in helping us to choose the appropriate form of treatment. In addition, the support that we have received during the course of my husband's diaagnosis, treatment and recovery has been invaluable. Although my husband's diagnosis occured over 14 years ago, I remain involved with an US TOO support group so that I can extend a helping hand to others. I have recommended US TOO groups to other men and their partners.