Celebrate 2008 - safely!

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Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 12/31/2007 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Friends,

Watch for those amateurs out drinking tonight.....
Enjoy the fireworks!

about 38 years ago, another good friend came by in his new Plymouth Valiant with a large paper bag full of $60 worth (1970 prices!) of fire works and picked up almost a dozen kids from our household and neighborhood (no seatbelt laws then....). 
He drove us out into the country to the river below the dam to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. 

As we jumped out of the car for a brief meeting - to set the ground rules before we started the "show" -, my 10-year-old sister surreptitiously grabbed one bottle rocket, ran over to a picnic table, set it on its side, and lit it.  This being Texas, the windows to the car were open.  This being my sister, the rocket flew into the car, into the large grocery bag of fire works - and chain-reaction ignited the entire bag.

As we all watched in awe, the kids thought,
   "Now we will never get to fire off any fire works!" 

The Good Samaritan friend thought only two words,
    "My car......"
No serious harm. A little singed fabric and a perpetual odor of gun powder.

I pray that in 2008 that very soon we find
A cheap-and-easy-no-side-effect cure for all cancers - NOW!

Have a meaningful holiday.  Be safe.

Your Friend,

Post Edited (Cedar Chopper) : 12/31/2007 1:01:23 PM (GMT-7)

Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 12/31/2007 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Cheers to that! Happy 08 to you and your family!
Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow

Regular Member

Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 152
   Posted 12/31/2007 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Same to all - Cheers and hopfully 2008 will have less drama! :-)
Age 44
PSA 4.8
Gleason 3+3=6
Biopsy - 3 of 12 (2@20% / 1@80%
Da Vinci 7/31/07 @ Duke
2.5 hr. surgery, released from Duke with in 14 hrs.
Saved both nerve bundles. 
Foley out 8/10/08
Positive Pathology Report 
Near left side nerve bundle
New Gleason 7
Oncology visit in the near future for radiation
Back to work 3 weeks following surgery - Sales
9/13/07 - 1 Post PSA Undetectable less than 0.1 
9/17/07 - Pad Free! 
10/11/07 - ED, Trimix injection .2cc Tooo much but it worked. Now on .05cc, 3 times a week
No luck with viagra or pump. 
11/19/07 - 5 mth. PSA 0.1 (Ouch)
12/14/07 - 1st Appt. with Medical Oncologist - Radiation here I                 come. (This sucks)  

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 12/31/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
LOL We duplicated the feat. Without the damage. We used to drive out to Vegas for the 4th of July when I was about 23. We would buy fireworks and light them off in the desert. All good until a misfire went through the windows of my friends truck. I mean completely through both front side windows. Man, those where the days. His truck smelled for two weeks.

Happy New Years!

Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 883
   Posted 12/31/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I would have liked to have seen that....glad no one got hurt..
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
        Biopsy Sept. 27, 2006 - Diagnosis Sept. 29 - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
        RRP on Oct. 17, - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.
    Oct 17, 2007 1 year Post Op - Still fighting moderate / Severe incontenance. Using 4-6 pads a day.  Erections usable....sometimes!  Almost like before with 100mg Viagra!
    December 5th, 4th post op PSA 0.01!?!?!?   Is that still a 0?  Still leaking!!!!

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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 12/31/2007 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Hey ~ Cedar,
We plan to stay in for the night and tomorrow...  Hopefully others will take extra caution during this time especially if there's bad weather.
Fireworks?? Guess we'll go outside and look up at the stars and know that we are all under the same beautiful sky!!  When you look up ~ think of us!!!
I saw the Northern Lights once and it was AWESOME.... 
Take care friend ~ we are sending warm hugs your way.
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy and Murphy too!

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

Veteran Member

Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 12/31/2007 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Cedar - what a kind and loving person you are!

I wish you all the best in 2008 and look forward to "seeing" you here,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1

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