Perspective...Randy Pausch...The Last Lecture

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/14/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
If you've seen this you've been touched.
 
There are those here who remind me of this video of Professor Randy Pausch.  Randy is terminally ill with pancreatice cancer.  Randy just recently spoke this final lecture to his students, but his intended target is very touching.  God Bless you, Randy!  This video will take 11 minutes of your time, but I believe it will last you forever.  Again, we have this spirit among us.
 
 
Tony


Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
 
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STAY POSITIVE!


bluebird
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   Posted 2/16/2008 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Tony,

Thank you so much for sharing this special man with all of us.  I found myself applauding... along with the audience...  And I can truly say my tears were flowing but flowing from the strength Dr. Pausch so gallantly shared...

God Bless Him for touching all of us and God Bless his Loved Ones who walk so closely with him each day...

Very Powerful!!! 

Randy Pausch's Update page

Excerpt:

Feb 15: Six months later .... and still alive & healthy

Today is a pretty important day. It was August 15th, 2007, when I was told I likely had "three to six months of good health left."

Today is six months from that day. Just to prove I'm still alive, here I am, holding today's New York Times!

I rode my bike today; the cumulative effects of the chemotherapy are hurting my stamina some, but I bet I can still run a quarter mile faster than most Americans.

The doctors weren't wrong; they always said that if the palliative chemo worked, I'd buy more time, but that it was a long shot. And the doctors have done a brilliant job of tweaking my regimen to help my odds. How much longer this will work is hard to know, but I'm going to keep having fun every day I have left, no matter how many or how few of them I get.


jetguy
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Total Posts : 741
   Posted 2/18/2008 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
This guys sounds kind of like a guy in Las Vegas named Tony. 
 
Regards,
 
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.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/19/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you, Bill,
Very kind, but I am not on limited time. I plan to keep it that way, but should I not, he is an amazingly courageous man. It would be difficult to see myself that poised.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology: Gleason 4+3=7, 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
Current PSA (1/08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
 
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!


jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 2/19/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I didn't mean limited time, Tony.  I meant courageous and positive.  You have been that way since day one here.  The most important  thing I have learned is that courage is selective.  I have always thought of myself as a ballsy gutsy take it to the limit kind of guy.  Not so.  I'm kind of a weenie and I'm not happy about it.  I might never have known.  Wish I didn't.

Best,

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.

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