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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I know I post a lot of messages about positive attitudes a keeping hope alive. I just want folks to realize that we may not can change the fact that we have cancer, however we can look for light amidst darkness. Please understand it is healthy to go thru the gamet of emotions, but please read positive things, do positive things, and try to find the good in areas that otherwise seem bad. Life is full of challenges, together we can stare down the enemy and march on to help those in need of our strength and encouragement. I chose to live till I die, instead if dying while I live.
life is good when you are livin a dream. My prognosis was grim, but I try hard not to allow my life to be stolen from me.
I pray for all those suffering and  hope this forum does not get tired of me. I truly do care for everyone here.
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 46 (current)
My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes was 4+4=8
I had 44 IMRT's
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids

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Date Joined Apr 2008
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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
i couldn't agree with you more. finding out i had pc was a terrifying experience. i am coming to terms with it and each day is a little better. i am having surgery in probably 2 months. the houston texas hospitals are in a waiting period for surgery rooms. my surgeon has only performed about 50 da vinchi's so i may seek out another surgeon. i have to remain positive and upbeat!

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/11/2008 8:32 PM (GMT -6)   
AMEN, Dale!

And those points are great. Staying positive is my only option. I choose to live forward. Not fret backward.

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. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 376
   Posted 4/12/2008 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   

Well said, I too chose to look at the pluses vs. the negatives, we have today and lets live it well.

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 Surgery 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
1st & 2nd Post PSA Blood Test .1 and less - Undetectable
3nd Post PSA Blood Test 01-17-07 .3
March 27th PSA .4 Begin Salvage Radiation April, 14 2008
Incontenence-Pad free since end of May 07 4 1/2 months post surgery 
ED back to 95% prior to surgery - no medication required.

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Date Joined Sep 2007
Total Posts : 219
   Posted 4/12/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   

Amen, brother.

"We cannot choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitude."

An old song from the south says that "I'm gonna go down standin' up."

I choose to stand up!

War Eagle to all.


Age: 55 ( still alive at 55)
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
PSA 8.23 2/2008 - Starting prednisone for 30 days
PSA 14 2-29-2008 - start chemo on 3/12
PSA 12.82 3/1/2008 round one chemo
PSA 12.24 4/2/2008 round two chemo 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 308
   Posted 4/12/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Very well said. 
Thanks for your many encouraging words.
All the best to you,
Diagnosed 01-08-08 @ 53 years old 
DRE normal - High PSA for 5 or more years
2004 Biospy negative - 2008 Biopsy positive (01-08-08)
10 cores, 1 positive and at 1% of that one core
Current PSA 6 - Bone and Ct scans negative
clinicalg Staged at T1C - Gleason 3+3 = 6
Robotic Da Vinci performed March 27th, 2008
University of Chicago,5 hour surgery , 3 hour recovery
Unexpected Cardiac issues appear and disappear?
Hospital stay 30 hours - Catheter out in 7 days  normaly expected leakage - Erectile funtion back on line 9 days 
Post Pathology T2C, Gleason 7, 10 % of both portions of prostate, Seminal vessels clear, fat tissue clear,Tumor on bottom of prostate, 1 positve margin  going to meet with oncologist to discuss treatment options if any at this time.

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