Challenge time again, let's support Healing Well

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James C.
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   Posted 4/1/2008 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
As most of you know, this forum is paid for by the owner through on-line donations, along with some amount of advertising money. Costs for such a large site is enormous and keeping it up is a labor of love for the owner. Software and server space needs increase each year, as it becomes more successful and well-known. It takes money to keep the site working and to make each click speedy when you are reading it. That's server space and speed that is being used.

We last passed the hat in April, 08. Now may be the time to spend some money on something that hopefully has given you lots of information, comfort, support, new friendships, and other intangible benefits, all for free. Why not make a donation to Healing Well using Paypal or Amazon by clicking the Donate link above or by buying books at the site by clicking the Bookstore Link above.

There are two options to donate to At the Donate link on the header, click on:’s Honor System ~ or ~ PayPal payment service. Both services allow you to use your credit card, debit card, or bank account.
***You do not need a PayPal account to donate.***

I hope each of us will takes a moment to weigh how useful this site has been for us- in facts, comfort, a go-to place for questions, a place to share our triumphs and our sorrows, a place to call yours as we all battle this disease and donate accordingly. The last time, we were able to challenge the other groups on HW, resulting in the purchase of more server space, giving us faster access to the threads when we clicked. I figure there's upwards to 200 of us on Prostate Cancer, either active or lurking. $10 or $20 from each of us would go a long way to keep HW running at top performance and pay for expansion to improve service. So please think about, ok?

Post Edited (James C.) : 11/1/2008 10:19:23 AM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 467
   Posted 4/1/2008 9:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Count me in.  Bumping this up so it does not get lost.

Danman Bob
Age 57
Nerve-sparing, open prostate surgery November 13, 2007
Gleason score 9, PSA 14
Biopsy result - 9 of 12 sticks showed cancer
Despite high Gleason score, cancer was confined to the prostate
Possible post-surgery radiation therapy...decision likely in late April 2008, depending upon PSA at that time
Unrelated surgery January 2008 delayed incontinence recovery, which is now showing good signs of improvement (fraction of a pad a day as of March 2008)
Began using Viagra 3 times a week December 2007 to stimulate blood flow
Began using Osbon Erec-Aid Esteem manual pump for therapy mid-February 2008
Will probably begin using bimix injections in addition to Viagra and pump in May 2008

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/2/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Great call James.

For all.  A little about what you would be helping.  For my part, I have willingly contributed here because the folks here at this site, members and site admin alike, has helped through one of the most difficult times in my life.  I volunteer here as well hoping to be able to repay some of that help.  Cancer has made me acutely aware that helping others is very rewarding.

about this site, got its start over 10 years ago in 1996. With a staff of over 60 volunteers, the site is headed by founder and editor, Peter Waite. His vision was to build a site with global reach that was both free and informative and a place where people could find support and understanding. The site also includes our bookstore, an affiliate, which offers a secure and convenient way for visitors to read reviews and purchase books on many health conditions.

Over the years, has been featured or profiled by several national and international media publications, including BBC Online, USA Today, MSNBC, the New York Times, the Associated Press, the Industry Standard, Reader's Digest, PBS, Magazine, and most recently, USA Weekend Magazine. was also featured in a book by NBC's Today Show medical correspondent, Dr. Ian Smith's Guide to Medical Websites, described as "information-packed" and a "professional yet friendly site". has also been the recipient of numerous awards. The site has grown largely by word of mouth, serving thousands of visitors each month. The quarterly newsletter has tens of thousands of subscribers, as does our community forums and chat.

Thank you for your thoughts. Be well.


Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 4/2/2008 9:33:20 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 4/2/2008 2:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear James,

Thanks for your very timely reminder that all we give and get here is on a voluntary basis and freely shared -We are over the Christmas debt hurdle (just!!) and happy to make a donation. Having been a member now for 14 months posting to the prostate board, we feel the moderation of this site is among the very best of the best, of the best! Thanks to all moderators for your information and support, particularly on behalf of my husband, for whom I post regularly. We would be lost without you.
Creed_three (Lana & CJ)
Husband CJ aged 50 yrs (49 years at diagnosis and surgery)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing, on Tuesday 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. Next PSA March 08.

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 4/2/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear James,

You have excellent timing! yeah

This site has helped so many individuals, including myself, as an online support group.  The best one on the net!  And, as I have said before, our Administrator, Mr. Waite runs this site as a labor of love for that purpose.  Without his vision, this site would not be here.

I am fully supportive of the current nature and continued efforts of all those in the forum and I am getting out my "virtual" check book to donate as well.

Thank you for the reminder.

Kind regards,




Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho")


Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site:

James C.
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   Posted 4/2/2008 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
I want to make sure there is no confusion as to my role in this.  I have nothing to do with the management, rule-making, or any other function of this site, other than being a grateful user.  I know how expensive running web sites are and I don't hesitate to try to support this one in the only way I know, with a little money and a request each 6 months or so to other users here to help keep this HW Forum going.  My request is as a private individual who recognizes the value of and rarity of good information and support from like-minded people who are all in this cancer-boat together.  The timing may have seemed bad, but I am not keeping score as to when the best time to squeeze in a plea for money, I plan to do it each 6 months, until people get sick of it and enough of them tells me to stop.... tongue
James C. 
Help support the forums so they can support you: 
Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   (Open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08  Caverject started/stopped, aching.  2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
3/24/08   ED- 6 mts.-Viagra, pump, no response- Bimix continues
Post-surgery PSA's:  3 mt:0, 6 mt:0,

Forum Administrator

Date Joined Jan 2003
Total Posts : 9799
   Posted 4/2/2008 11:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks everyone for your support. It hasn't gone unnoticed by me. It does cost a lot to run HW, many thousands of dollars each year, but it has been worth it in all respects as I see the good it has accomplished.

Peter Waite, Founder/Editor - Community, Information, Resources

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   Posted 4/2/2008 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   

 Click on REFRESH if you see weird symbols in this posting!!    


Dear Forum Family,


    Thank you for inquiring about how to


               Help HealingWell  Help "All of Us"    


                                In response to several request about donating by **check….


As reaches 11 years online, please show your appreciation and support by donating today. By doing so you will help this site continue to help people that suffer with acute and chronic health conditions on their way to "healing well". With the help of worldwide volunteers, our site offers a wide array of resources, including health articles and news, message forums and chat rooms, clinical resources (medical journals articles, wire releases), email, newsletters, books and reviews, resource directories and so much more.

There are 5 main ways members can help support and keep us afloat for many years to come.  


      1.      Donate to

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2.   Visit our sponsors by clicking on relevant banner ads posted by site sponsors.


3.     Buy books via (HW's official bookstore). 

       This is a major way that we help raise funds to keep the site alive and growing. 

If any members start discussions about books of interest, please directing them with links to the relevant book listings in as it has literally millions of books available through  This is a good way to support the site for those not willing to donate directly, but may buy a book.

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«  bluebird ~  Moderator for Prostate Cancer Forum


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   Posted 4/2/2008 6:27 PM (GMT -6)   
tongue  Hey ~ James,

Thank you for this gentle reminder that every dollar counts. There are several ways to help and I've shared them above. 

The neat thing about "OUR" FORUM... We will be here for "YOU"...   Not everyone will be in the position to donate money ~ and that's okay!  There are others who will be able to donate ~ and that's okay too!  Others will buy books from our bookstore... and others will wear our T-Shirts and hats. 

HealingWell Prostate Forum is here for "YOU"... If you can donate ~ Great!!!  Just remember ~ We are on the same path with you and we continue to walk together!!  As I stated in “OUR JOURNEY”…   We come from….


Excerpt from “OUR JOURNEY”

All different kinds of lifestyles…  different PSA scores, different treatments, different incomes, different jobs, different health issues, all different ages, and most of all… MENTAL ATTITUDES ARE DIFFERENT.

So ~ take a deep breath and let this forum help you!!!


This thread has the best intentions…. and we are grateful to James ~ a member just like you and us … for starting it! 


In Friendship ~ *bluebird (Lee, Buddy, & Murphy) 

A member/friend 1st / A moderator 2nd

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

4th PSA 2-13-2008 (23 months) Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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   Posted 4/2/2008 9:43 PM (GMT -6)   

Your reminder is just what we need - I love this site for many reasons. The cyber companionship, advice, support & love we're all welcome to partake of is a lifesaver for many.
I remember when you did this last and the response was great.

Thank you for doing this and I will welcome the same post 6 months from now!
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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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 162
   Posted 4/4/2008 5:14 AM (GMT -6)   
This site has been a god sent for me. Not sure how I would have made out without the great folks here on this forum.
Payment sent. Glad to help.
Biopsy done 3/2008
Pathology report: Gleason 6 (3+3), involving left lobe
DRE=15gm with indurated left base and mid prostate
Cores positive: left base medial, left base lateral, left mid medial and left mid lateral (4 of 12)
Clinical stage t2b.
Prostate Carcinorna 185
Urologist recommended no bone scan but I did anyway and result is negative.
Surgery schedule on 4/21/2008 in Austin by Dr Randy Fagin.

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   Posted 4/9/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
smurf   Bump to the top...
          to keep thread active   yeah  
Some will be able to donate money
Some will buy books from HealingWell's Book Store
Some will volunteer
Some will shop at HealingWell's Shop....
Some will share their personal experience and this is the greatest gift to all of us!
The most important things is ~ "YOU"  tongue
Stay Close, Stay Strong, and Stay Together as the caring group we are by lending support, encouragement, and sharing your path with all of us!
  • bluebird ~  Moderator for Prostate Cancer Forum
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