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War-eagle
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Total Posts : 219
   Posted 1/26/2008 1:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Les,
Hello my friend. I just wanted to let you know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers over the past few weeks. I hope you are well.
I understand that you are going back to MDA the first week in Feb. I pray that it will all go well and that they will have good news for you.
Just know that your battle and warrior spirit inspire me.
 
Praying for you.
 
Your friend,
 
Walt (War Eagle)
Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007 Bone mets
Casodex 4/2007
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.8 8/2007
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation (15 treatments) started on bone mets 12/2007
PSA 6.72 1/2008
 
 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"


Gordy
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   Posted 1/26/2008 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
C'mon Walt - cut that out!! When the keys get wet, my fingers start slipping off them.

Seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. I visit this site every day because of all the wonderful people here even though, in reality, there's nothing which can be discussed to help me medically, since my cancer has mutated and neither looks nor acts like PCa anymore. But, you Guys and Dolls, you're really something.

I go to Houston on Feb 5th and Jetguy is planning to drive some 250 miles to meet me for dinner. I have a bunch of tests scheduled on the 6th and then consults on the 7th with my oncologist and, at my request, with a nutritionist and a pain doc.

When I get back I'll give you all a full report about dinner and the results of my tests. My wife and I only have a few family members left, and they aren't as interested in my condition as you are. It's awesome to acquire such a new, large family at this age.

Thank you.

-Les

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 1/26/2008 2:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Les,
You will always have a family here. We support you dearly. I mean that from the bottom of my heart. God Bless you, and Good Luck on those tests.

Tony
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.
 
Visit my journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Gordy
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   Posted 1/26/2008 3:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony-

Now, not only are my fingers slipping off the keys, my eyes are so blurry, I can't see what I've typed!

Thank you, my friend.

-Les

Cedar Chopper
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Total Posts : 432
   Posted 1/26/2008 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Les & Bill,

I know Bill is the jetset traveller and probably knows a million great places in Houston.
However, if you are hungry for seafood in Houston, you might go to "Goode Company Seafood" (This company is also famous for pies and BBQ at other locations) on Kirby, very close to M.D. Anderson.

The fare is FRESH and not just gooder but most (did you know superlative advertising like "most" or "best" is illegal in Germany?) most excellent.

You two are most excellent, too!  DIE BESTEN FREUNDEN!

Wooden ships, on the water, very free - and easy.
Easy to be....

...Your Friend,

CCedar
ICTHUS!


Gordy
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   Posted 1/26/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey CC-

When were there in August, we ate at Goode's one night and at Houston's, right across the street, the next. Both were great.

Isn't it ironic that such a horrible thing has brought us all together as friends? For three years now I've been saying that I've given up trying to figure things out.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


mvesr
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Les. Good luck to you on your trip and Dr visit in Texas. I'll be thinking of you too. Tell Bill I said hello also and you guys have a good time together.

Mika

Gordy
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   Posted 1/26/2008 8:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Mika. Will do. I'm really looking forward to it.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 1/26/2008 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi Les,

You have always been a source of courage for me and for the rest on the forum.  Thank you for allowing us to continue to be part of the fight.  My thoughts and prayers go out for your welfare.

In friendship,

Barry


Gordy
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   Posted 1/26/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Barry-

I'm not sure I understand that I've been a source of courage, but I thank you. I learned a long time ago that the patient has to take full responsibility for his care and has to become as informed as possible. I think that is all that I'm doing - with Carol's help we're making our own gameplan, for better or worse. We really have no choice, since even my doc at M.D. Anderson, in whom I have the greatest confidence, can only offer chemo when the stuff really hits the fan and then 2 years of what I assume will be a downhill slide to the end.

To be very frank, I never would have thought I could be so "brave" - I would have thought I'd collapse in a heap of self pity and a bunch of "woe is me's" and "why me's". Strange thing - cancer, it brings things out in people that we'd never have expected and brings folks together from all parts of the world and with very diverse opinions about religion and health matters.

I can't tell you how grateful I am to all of you for your good wishes and prayers. I'm going to do my best to not let you down.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 1/26/2008 10:20 PM (GMT -6)   
And may God Bless Les, and Carol,
It's with you I see our capabilities as a team. Team Healingwell! Thank you Les and Carol for allowing us into your hearts! God be with you.

Tony
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.
 
Visit my journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Gordy
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Total Posts : 528
   Posted 1/26/2008 10:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Tony. Thank you from the bottoms or our hearts.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


pcdave
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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 1/26/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Les
 
I have sinned and want to confess!  I have followed the journeys of many members here since I joined in the fall of 2006, but until tonight I had not focused on your journey. My heart goes out to you for your strength and courage in fighting the enemy within.  You inspire us all to keep the faith and forge ahead despite the enormous challenges we sometimes face in life.  I only wish that those who are lucky enough NOT to have prostate cancer could read some of the stories here like yours, and understand that prostate cancer really is a BIG DEAL and not to be dismissed lightly.  You are now in my thoughts and prayers.  God Bless!
 
Dave
-69 years young!
-29 core biopsy 9/27/06 at age 68
-PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area], Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], Negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. 
-Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.   
-PSA History: 7.1 pre-treatment; post treatment: 2.1 (3 mo.), 2.4 (6 mo.), 1.7 (9 mo). Radiation oncologist said the 3-mo. drop of 70% exceeded expectations and the slight 6-mo. movement upwards was not a cause for concern now.
-The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton RadiationTherapy.  
 
 


bluebird
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   Posted 1/26/2008 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Les & Carol,

 

You have given us all a precious gift… one from a man who was quietly on the sidelines for so long.  Finally, reaching out ~ accepting our Hugs, Love, and Support … has meant so much to us.

 

When I see you posting…. I always think back… and say to myself...

“WOW.. Gordy ~ You’ve come a long way ~ friend!!!!!!"

opening up to all of us in my opinion was a great “medicine” for you… and has helped us to learn more as we all travel this path. 

Thank you for continuing to stay close and letting us in! Thank you for you! 

 

When you see Bill ~ Our *Jetguy ~ please give him an extra HUG from us!!!!  It’s a wonderful connection ~ meeting with forum friends. 

 

Keeping you extra close at this time… I know you feel our warmth!

Hugs from Lee & Buddy


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 :)


Gordy
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   Posted 1/27/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Dave and Lee- My heartfelt thanks to you two, too.

Lee- An apology. There were a few times in the "distant" past and one not too long ago when I wasn't the sweetest, kindest poster. You might even say I was rebarbative. But, although it's cliche, a life changing event like PCa really does cause one to re-think lots of things. I've changed my thinking about which battles I want to fight and which aren't worthy of wasting the time I have left. I've also somewhat changed my obstinacy about religion. Enough people are praying for me, and enough others have attributed my doing as well as I have so far, to the prayers of others for me, that I'm re-thinking my former position on that subject.

Again, thanks to you two and to to all the others above and to those who haven't written, but who have me in their thoughts and prayers.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 1/27/2008 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Les,
Those are beautiful words. As a Christian, when I hear those words from someone the tears well in my eyes. I spent the morning at the church with all of us here in my prayers. I too was once outside looking in, but now I give my heart to Jesus Christ. This I should have done many years before I did. It is a wonderful enlightenment to know that this here on earth is not all there is. I feel His love every day. I wish you well, brother. Stay open and your heart will open up as well.

Tony
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.
 
Visit my journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 1/28/2008 5:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Gordy said...
Dave and Lee- My heartfelt thanks to you two, too....
...Again, thanks to you two and to to all the others above and to those who haven't written, but who have me in their thoughts and prayers.
-Les
Gordy/Les & Carol,

Your position shift reminds me of two texts I am reading these days.

The first, on the quantum computer, suggests using mathematic algorythms and quantum laws of atomic physics to harness the ability to solve problems for one optimal solution that have more possible solutions than there are atoms in the universe. (Temporally impossible using current binary systems - no matter how many parallel processors are employed.)
The biggest challenge is that to observe the solution held in super-position quantum states immediately causes the answer to collapse into random possibilities. In quantum mechanics, managing the necessity of banking on the unknowable can be done only by acknowledging the limitations of direct observation and looking indirectly for the answer.

The second text is a short summary of "The Cloud of Unknowing."   This is best described as a spiritual text of exercises in humility.  That is to say, thought exercises that ramp up our potential by acknowledging the limitations of our ability to know everything.

I find prayer reaches beyond such limitations as the number of atoms in the universe or how much space and time one might exchange these atoms for in a reality ruled by laws of Newton or Einstein.

We who pray for you simply call upon and employ an inkling of Which we cannot fully imagine - but trust.
We observe the mechanics of prayer only in humility and indirectly.
We do know where we can look without collapsing the system into chaos.
The final solution always manifests itself as

Love.

CCedar
ICTHUS!

norskie
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   Posted 1/28/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Les

Best of luck to you on your trip to the doctors next week, you show great strength and courage and inspire us all to fight on. You will be in my thoughts not just next week but through out the fight.

Norskie
norskie
Age 49, PSA 6.22 on 9-26-06
Biopsy 11-01-06, 2 of 13 cores 10% cancer, 2 other cores abnormal Up-dated 20% prostate cancerous
Gleason score 3+3=6 After Pathology report 4+3=7 a couple agressive Grade 5 cells found
Da Vinci surgery 01-09-07 UW Madison
Pathology Report- cancer 100 % capsual contained 1-18-07
Catheter removed 1-18-07 suffered bladder spasms Catheter reattached 1-18-07 Catheter removed 2nd time 1-24-07
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3-Next action awaits me.
Next PSA Scheduled and meeting with Radiologist set for 3-27-08
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.


jetguy
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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   

Several months ago, I flew 1320 nautical mile and Les and I had dinner together.  On the fifth of next month, I am going to drive about 250 statute miles so we can once again have dinner together.

We had such a great time the first time, that we just gotta' do it again.  Every time we talk, it's like we were childhood friends and are trying to catch up with each other.  It's amazing.  We come from different social, religious, geographical, and job backgrounds.  Yet, we jabber like we had known each other forever. 

We all struggle with prostate cancer in our own way, but are incredibly reinforced by our friends here.  I know not where I would be without you.  In large part because of the fine people here I am well.  Strong and well.  Thank you. 

Les - can't wait to see you again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bill


August of 2006, PSA up to 4.2 from 2.7 one year ago. 
October free and total PSA 12% free and 5.0 total.
A month, or so later, 4.7.
Late in the year decide on Image Guided IMRT.
Begin 43 treatments on January 23, 2007 and finish on March 23.
Four month post treatment PSA is 1.9.
Seven month PSA is 0.8.


Gordy
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   Posted 1/29/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Norski and Cc- Thanks once again.

Bill- I don't have to be in the hospital until 8 AM on the 6th for the first of my tests (just a blood draw), so I figure we can reminisce, joke and compare notes until at least 3 AM, maybe even 4! I hope you're up to it.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Les,

Here's wishing you the best possible outcome next week. Your story drives home the serious nature of this disease and your courage and great attitude are lights for all of us to follow.

Have a great time with Bill. Just try to stay out of jail...

Jim
Age 73. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2C Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Catheter out on 12/13/06.  Dry on 12/14/06.
Pathological stage: T2C N0 MX. Gleason 3+4.
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
 
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 


myman
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   Posted 1/29/2008 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Non-rebarbative Les, ;-)

I couldn't take it anymore...I had to post.

I'm thinking of you along with everyone else!

I'd even bail you out.

Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ 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


lifeline
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 67
   Posted 1/30/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gordy: You are in my prayers and good luck on your tests next week. You are a source of inspiration and I only wish I could be as strong as you are. You've done good so far, keep fighting and don't give up. I', sure you will continue to stay strong. Sending you warm hugs which I hope you can feel from here. You are a true friend to all of us. Good luck. lifeline

Gordy
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   Posted 1/30/2008 5:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Susan-

LOLOLOL Does your offer of bail apply to my buddy, Bill, too?

Your offer makes me think of a saying I have printed out and taped to the side of 'puter (my apologies to the author for lack of attribution):

"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, martini in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOO - HOO what a ride."

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE


Gordy
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Total Posts : 528
   Posted 1/30/2008 5:47 PM (GMT -6)   
lifeline-

I hear you and feel your hugs. I appreciate your prayers - as I said earlier, after many years I'm starting to change my thinking about prayer and I'm grateful to you and all the others for praying for me.

BTW, most of the credit for my fight and courage has to go to my wife Carol, without whom I would, indeed, have collapsed into a pile of self pity and frustration.

-Les
1/2005 Dx PSA 26.5 Gleason 7 (4+3) @Age 61
1/2005 Start Casodex and Zoladex
PSA drops to <0.01 AND REMAINS THERE TO THIS DAY
7/2005-8/2005 5 weeks of IMRT and then HDR brachy
1/2007 Rad Oncologist orders CT scan of pelvis
because of complaints of pain in both thighs
MRI confirms pain not caused by cancer BUT
1/2007 CT scan of pelvis picks up a nodule at bottom of left lung
5/2007 CT scan of lungs shows 1/2007 nodule has grown and
there are numerous nodules on both lungs.
6/2007 Thoracic surgeon removes wedge of left lung for biopsy
6/2007 Path report says 95% chance of metastatic PCa, but she's
never seen cells like this before.
7/2007 2nd opinion at M.D. Anderson in Houston.
They confirm: mutated PCa, very rare, but seen there 2 or
3 times. Recommendation: have CT scans every 6 weeks
and watch for change. At that point start chemo and will
survive for 22 - 24 months thereafter.
PSA STILL UNDETECTABLE

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