Prayers for Ric Masten and his family!

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/4/2008 10:09 AM (GMT -7)   
I never was one for poetry, but I started reading Ric's stuff several months ago.  His poetry is inspired much of the time by current events.  What I really like most about him is his art work.  He is known for his ability to draw art using a single pen stroke.  That is never lifting the pen from the paper.  He lives in beautiful Carmel, California.  He has been battling advanced prostate cancer for ten years.  He just stopped posting and his daughter is sending emails letting us know that he has approached his end game.  I thank him for his inspirational work and willingness to let us reference him in our links, and his very detailed journey with cancer.  If you haven't seen his work here is his website: www.ric-masten.net
 
 
Check his daily "Words and One Liner" and his Odyssey with PCa.
 
Thank you Ric!
 
(And Thank you Mike A for correcting me on the web address)
 
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!
 
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Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 3/4/2008 1:17:58 PM (GMT-7)


FLHW(David E)
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   Posted 3/4/2008 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
TC, all - I won't claim to be a friend of Ric's, I'm barely an acquaintance. We did exchange emails a few weeks ago after I read his comments surrounding his poem "On the Mountain". What a wonderful man, I think I shocked him a little with my age.....take a minute and say a prayer for Ric and his family.
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (1-28-08)
PSA: 36
Lupron, Nilandron

Personal Blog:
prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/4/2008 12:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi David,
Ric and I exchanged messages as well in the past. I actually found his site from your site almost a year ago. Thank you for that. And I just noticed that you posted a tribute to him as well last night. I will likely make a mention in my next post for Ric. Extra prayers are not possible. So for more I will ask for. Ric also mentioned to me the fact of my age being a bit too young for PCa. I can't agree more that this is yet another testimonial that we need the age lowered to have PSA tests at 40. I think both of us would be benefitting from that if we had done so.

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!
 
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Mike A
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Total Posts : 213
   Posted 3/4/2008 1:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony,
Just a correction to link Ric's website. It's www.ric-masten.net
Thanks for posting an update on a wonderful man. I'll continue to pray for him.
Best,
Mike
June 2005 - Age 53 PSA 4.8 at regular physical October 2005 - After several rounds of anti-biotics, PSA 5.2 at Urlogist November 2005 - Biopsy negative July 2006 - PSA 5.9 at regular Physical October 2006 - After several more rounds of anti-biotics PSA 8.1 November 2006 - Second biopsy - Positive December 2006 - Gleason (3+4=7), Tumor T1c, CT Scan and Bone Scan Negative
January 2, 2007 Robotic Prostatectomy, University of Rochester Medical Center - Tumor confined but larger than thought, only one nerve able to be spared. Margins clear. February 2007 - Three to fo ur pads a day, no erection with viagara. April 2007 - First Post-Surgical PSA 0.02. Down to one pad a day.July, 2007 - Six Month Post-op: PSA 0.04 No change in ED. October, 2007 - Nine Month Post-op: PSA back down to 0.02!Almost totally dry! Only slight improvement in ED - Will try injections if not improved by next appointment. January 2008: One Year Post-OP PSA 0.02 still dripping, but improving. Tried 500 dose of MUSE for ED, no luck. Will try 1000.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 3/4/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Mike,
Sometimes I don't pay full attention, my wife will confirm that.

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!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


bluebird
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   Posted 3/4/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Bluebird wings... surround Rick and his loved ones with
            Warm Thoughts and Gentle Hugs
 
Thank you Mr. Masten ~
     for sharing your life and works with the world...
         A true gentle caring soul
                God Bless You
 

FLHW(David E)
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Total Posts : 201
   Posted 3/4/2008 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Do yourselves a favor, go read this.

http://www.ric-masten.net/Weekly.WO.pages/419_On_the%20_Mountain.html

Pay attention to Ric's comments at the end.
This was the context of our email exchange.

He thought "Going Out Dancing" was a reference to "at the end....."

I suggested to him that perhaps it meant, in the midst of this chaos, in the midst of this really screwed
up situation we find ourselves in, why not go out dancing......
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (1-28-08)
PSA: 36
Lupron, Nilandron

Personal Blog:
prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com


myman
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   Posted 3/4/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
FLHW - I went to Ric's site, been doing that for a couple of years now, he's an amazing person. He certainly has a way with the words, and more than once he's brightened my day. I love his poem "Dementia" about his dear wife.

So, I second the suggestion to all to go to Ric's site - you won't be sorry.

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
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

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