About Steven B.
In July of 2010 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. It has been a long and winding road for me. My caregiver is Virginia Ann Bosley who happens to be my lovely wife of 42 years. Our journey began as quite a shock to us. I was expecting an enlarged prostate and just be prescribed medication and life would be just fine. That’s not the way it turned out. On October 4th, 2010 I had surgery to remove the prostate, lymph nodes and seminal vesicles. Yes I was stage 3. Recovery was tough and I couldn’t have made it without Ann my wife. At the time I was 55 years old and still working full time. Ann was still working full time as well through all this. I went through 6 weeks of radiation from Dec 5th 2010 to Jan 26th 2011. Recovery was under no uncertain terms fun. I was back to work in Nov 2010 and was on hormone shots as well.
Ann’s motivation and spirit were paramount to my recovery. She is one strong woman to put up with the side effects I was experiencing from the shots and radiation. My depression was tough and tougher on her. For 2 years I fought back and if it wasn’t for her support and understanding I may have never come out of it.
For the next 5 years my PSA counts were essentially 0. Right where they were supposed to be. In Dec 2015 I had a PSA blood test done and low and behold it showed up positive. It was back!!!! We were devastated. Ann’s positive can do attitude was paramount again to dealing with my PSA elevated for the first time in 5 years. It’s now Feb 2019 and my PSA is at .6 now. I’ve had a PET Scan and the results came back inconclusive. Ann’s positive attitude has helped so much to elevate my spirits as we continue this journey. In Oct of 2018 Ann was diagnosed with Anal Cancer. We were devastated but her positive attitude still shined through. She was caring for herself as well as continuing to support me. Like I said earlier she is one strong woman. She is my rock and without her I am nothing. It’s now my turn to care for her as mine is fairly stable. Please consider my wife Ann as my Caregiver.