Swimom ~ You've just been hugged by a bluebird

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bluebird
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   Posted 4/26/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -6)   

tongue  Hey Swim,

 

You’ve just been HUGGED by  *bluebird

 ( Lee, Buddy & Murphy too! )

 

 

Just wanted you to know!!!  You are a great member to HealingWell.  Thank you for you!! Your knowledge is invaluable... to "all of us" here.  I'm so glad you stayed!!! and I'm glad you walked so closely with Jim *Our Biker90.... and Pete.

Keeping you close ~

In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy

Post Edited (bluebird) : 4/26/2008 11:25:01 PM (GMT-6)


GreenAcres
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   Posted 4/27/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Ditto, here, Swim. You were one of our greatest resources "back when." Before we ever joined, I read and re-read all of the earlier threads and your advice always rose to the top. That factored in greatly as we worked our way through the research and decision process. A special gift to us!
Husband: Age 67
PSA had doubled in 14 mos to 4.3/Gleason 6
da Vinci 8/06 in Austin with Dr. Randy Fagin
Post surgical path shows encapsular penetration; possible bladder neck involvement.
PSAs remain undetectable; no further treatment at this time.
Next PSA: April 08


myman
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   Posted 4/27/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Swim, Swim, Swim...you make HW better, in all ways. cool
You're appreciated more than you know.

Susan

biker90
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 4/27/2008 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Swim,

You have helped so many people here on the forum. Your knowledge and "tell it like it is" style helps us to put things in perspective and focus on what is important. This is so helpful when confusion and information overload cloud our vision.

You have made my journey through this maze much easier, in fact, I probably wouldn't have made it without you. Thanks for being there for all of us...

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.
50 mg Viagra + 1000 mg L-Arginine + .03 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from  1/3/07 - 1/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 7/17/08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."
 
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 4/27/2008 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Vicky Hugging? I'm in.
God Bless Vicky and Paul. You have brought so much Love and Hope to so many. And that support cannot be measured. Thanks so much for standing with us, and thanks so much for the help and support you have lent me.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
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mvesr
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Total Posts : 823
   Posted 4/27/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Dear Swim. Thank you for what you do, who your are, and being our friend.

Mika
age at dx 54 now 55
psa at dx 4.3
got the bad news 1/29/07
open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07
never more than 2 pads
wear one for insurance now
ED still a problem
last PSA undetectable
 


Swimom
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   Posted 4/27/2008 12:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you so much everyone,

I am humbled. Have a blessed Easter. We'll think of all fo the blessings we've been given since joining HW as we celebrate our Christ today.

God Bless,

Paul & Vickie
 


kw
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   Posted 4/27/2008 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   

    Vick,  I truly appreciate all the advise and encouragement you have given me.  Even if it was a good scolding!  Paul has a wonderful wife and friend in you.  Wishing you and your family well.

    KW


    43
    PSA 5.7, Biopsy 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate, Gleason 7
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved. All Lab's clear. 
    Cathiter in for 28 days due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00.
    ED workable and usable with Viagra.
    Feb. 20th, 2007 - Feb. 4th, 2008  Cystoscope, Two Collagen injections,Second Opinion Consultation for Incontinance at OU Medical Center, Bio-Feedback training, Chiropractic, Accupuncture  to try to resolve ongoing incontinance (4-6 pads a day)  All PSA's 0.00.
    Feb. 4th, 2008 - Appointment with Original Dr. to discuss options and recomendation for surgical fix for incontinance.
    Feb. 22nd, 2008 - Surgery to install the AMS AdVance Male Sling.
    March 27th, 2008 - Sling not working, Little or no improvement.  Will probably try Collagen injections one more time around the first of May.  If no improvement after that will start looking for a AUS Doctor.
    April 18, 2008 - Collagen injection.
 
     


lawink
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   Posted 4/27/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Checking in and adding our hugs to the "hugs for swim" !!! Your advice has been invaluable.

;o) Lidna & Bob


Bob (62) - Laproscopic Prostate Removal Sept 27, 2006 at age 60.
2 of 12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6.
 
Pathology - cancer completely contained, even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer)
PSA UNDETECTABLE Nov 2006, Feb, May, Oct2007.  ONE YEAR!!!! WHOOO HOOOO! 

Bob also has two secondary conditions -- Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) and . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience with or information on these, please email us.

Post Edited (lawink) : 4/27/2008 8:54:42 PM (GMT-6)


creed_three
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   Posted 4/27/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Swim, God Bless & thanks. Lana & CJ
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 17th April 2007 (Sydney, Australia).
Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.  Cancer confined. 1st PSA 0.01 (June 07) 2nd PSA 0.02 (Oct 07) undetectable. 3rd PSA 0.02 (April 08) undetectable.


Jayadub
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Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 89
   Posted 4/27/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
A hug to you Swim. You do realize that most Christians Easter was celebrated over a month ago? I thought for a moment I was stuck in some kind of time warp. A little Google helped with that as I discovered that for some Orthodox worshippers today IS celebrated as Easter. Live and Learn

54 years old

PSA 5.6 on 3/20/07

DRE: Negative

Biopsy on 4/20/07 

Results 4/25/07:

3 out of 12 cores positive, 2 on the right lobe with 5% adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+3, 1 on the left lobe 10% adenocarcinoma Gleason 3+4, overall Gleason graded 7 Cancer T1C.  After web research discovered Proton Beam Therapy and called Loma Linda. Completed consultation with Dr. Luu on 7/5/2007 and started treatment at Loma Linda on 7/26/07. Completed treatment 44 on 9/28/07. 0 treatments remain. Side Effects remain minimal. 1st PSA result on January 28th is 1.1.


Swimom
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   Posted 4/27/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, today is Orthodox Easter. Paul is Greek so we honor both precious Easter Sundays.

Swim
 


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/27/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Er, Setting aside PCa for a second...
In my Faith, Easter is a season, not a day. Traditionally in the US a day is celebrated for the ressurection. I am Catholic and this was the 6th Sunday in Easter. For me the season ends on the Pentecost on May 12th. As Cedar says...We are an Easter people...

And precious is a great way to describe it...God Bless you all...And Happy Easter.

Tony


Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007 @ The City of Hope
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
Visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 4/27/2008 10:17:11 PM (GMT-6)


B&B's World
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 120
   Posted 4/27/2008 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
How appropriate it is to give Vicky her due! She went above and beyond the call of duty when we needed help.
Vicky, you are one intelligent woman who, with your husband, has had more than your share of challenges. Your "voice of reason" calls out loud and clear in this site. Bless you...
 
Becky
 

Age 51

Gleason 3+3

PSA from 3.2 to 4.3 in one yr

Biopsy 11/06

DRE negative

4 of 12 cores positive, one lobe, less than 10%

Inflammation only second lobe

Stage T1C Clinical Dx

PSA prior to surgery: 3.9

Da Vinci Prostatectomy 2/27/07:

PCa in BOTH lobes 5-10% of gland

Gleason 3+3

Negative tissue margins

Bladder, seminal ves, vas deferntia negative

Two inguinal hernia repairs

Catheter removed 1 wk after surgery

Full continence (no pad needed) 1 wk after surgery, then intermittent drips 4 wks out

Full erection, 12th day after surgery

2 mo’s post-op, some ED after penetration

3 month PSA 0.03

6 month PSA non-existent

1 year   PSA  non-existent

Erectile function--up and running!

 

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