We have lost a friend ~ Ric Masten

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/10/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
An Email I received from the Masten Family said...

We are hanging the feathers on the wind. Dad passed peacefully late last night, May 9, 2008, at 11:50 pm, his whole family around him singing Let It Be A Dance, candlelight illuminating our love. We are thankful for all your support through this sweet time. We will post a short article on his website www.ric-masten.net in a day or two.

Love, Jerri and all the Masten clan.

My sincerest condolences to the Masten Family.  For those who don't know of him, Ric had advanced prostate cancer for over ten years.  He fought long and hard.  He was a great inspiration to me and so many others.  He and I exchanged Emails and I was on his mailing list and loved the guy.  He was a great artist, a nationally acclaimed poet, and a strong advocate against prostate cancer.  He will be missed. 
If you have some time, visit his site above.  You won't regret it.

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
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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the update Tony, I sure will be praying for the family. I know there are times when it is hard to make sense of life, and for the Masten family this may be one of those times, God will however as time passes provide them blessings in this loss.

I heart goes out to the Masten family.

peace and love
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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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   

Our hearts go out to the Masten family.

Debbie Mallory....the other half of Smilingoldcoot..

Retired USAF Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason 10, Stage T1C  8 of 12 samples positive all Less Than 5% 
U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute
5/2/2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to start 5/15/2008 for approx 4 weeks with Proton to follow for approx 4 weeks
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
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   Posted 5/10/2008 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   

My concolences to Ric's family and to all who grieve his passing.  Its alway hard to experience the loss of one of our own but we press on by sharing our hope and love.  Thanks Tony for allowing us to be part of his life...


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   Posted 5/10/2008 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Ric was a great man, a brave soul who reached out to so many. I remember finding a link to his site through Phoenix5 and followed his web site ever since.
I, too, want to add my condolences to all.


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   Posted 5/11/2008 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   

Anytime you hear this type of news, it is truly sad.

My prayers to the Masten family.


Phillysub confused


Age: 51
Last PSA before diagnosis: 2.9

Diagnosed: Oct 2007

Gleason: 3+3=6

RALP surgery: Jan 23, 2008 (Dr Costas Lallas @ Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia)

1st Post-op appt: Feb 1, 2008 (negative margins, cancer contained within the capsule)

Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 5/12/2008 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   

"‘Sky flying’ — Watch me Grandpa!"
by Ric Masten
last summer whenever possible
my visiting granddaughter Cara
would worm her tiny hand into mine
and like Hansel and Gretel
we'd strike out from the house
up the "Barking dog trail"
to the "Creaky swings"
don't you love the labels
little children put on things?
and after a few "Sky flying"
"Watch me Grandpa!"s
it was on to the "Sneaky table"
where hidden in the shade
beneath a giant live oak tree
we would split
the forbidden can of Coke I brought
"darn it Dad her teeth will rot!"

rested and refreshed
we then ascend the "Slidey steep"
to check the water level in the "Water keep"
to lift the lid and take a peek
then down the trail in single file we go
through the "Witchy woods"
all the way to Arizona which is what
my spouse has dubbed the shack
she uses as her dream shop and studio
Grandma it seems
also has a knack for naming things
"If anyone calls tell them I'm in Arizona."

next stop — the family memorial garden
where we solemnly commune
with the trees Kim and Emil have become
chanting softly as we pass
"From ashes to ashes to flowering plum."

then wending our way
along a stretch of "Dusty dirt"
we search for yesterdays footprints
covering them with todays
"Backward walking" sometimes
"To fool our enemies and friends."

and always during the final leg
of this backyard expedition
my companion lags behind
little Miss Slowpoke gathering specimens
repeating after me the name
of every trail side shrub and tree
eucalyptus — sticky monkey
lilac — sage — madrone
and "Don't touch that it's poison oak!"
then suddenly: "We're home!"

last summer Cara and I collected
and polished these moments
leaving them along the path like pebbles
to be used in the distant future
the way a whiff of cigar smoke
brings my grandfather back to poke about
in the garden with his walking stick
the way my grandmothers face
magically appears
at the taste of peppermint
her watchful presence close at hand
whenever I shake sand from something
that has been to the beach

I know that on some faraway tomorrow
a sip of Cola on a hot day —
a pinch of sage —
the creaking sound a rope swing makes
these things with Cara's help
will bring me back to life again
and thankful as I am
for such life extending crumbs

sadly I also know that the cigar smoke
and peppermint trick
can only be done by me —
in a couple of generations it all becomes
a banquet ....

AFTERWORD — What gets this Grandpa is that the five-year-old in this poem is graduating from Princeton this Spring. She is also finishing her first novel. She is an eager student, a fine artist, a skilled varsity saber fencer, and an extraordinary chef. When I ask her what she is going to do next year she hasn't the foggiest idea. That's my granddaughter, so please pardon me for bragging just a bit.  Ric Masten  (ric-masten.net)

      "...danced in the moon and the stars and the sun...
        ...dance, then, wherever you may be....
        ..... the dance goes on."   ...  From Lord of the Dance


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   Posted 5/12/2008 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   

Ric has been such a inspiration to all of us that are in the fight. He was and still is a true leader. He fought the good fight and now can rest in the loving arms of Christ. I will miss you dearly, but will see you when my time comes. Ric gave me the one thing that no one else could. Hope! His battle of 10 years allowed me to see that all was not lost and I have time. Time, the one thing that no doctor ever offered. Thank you Ric.


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 
PSA 10.86 4/24/2008 round three chemo
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

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