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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 5/22/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
What has become routine it seems, is the phone call just before we are ready to go in for my initial treatment.  Again today it came.  It seems they have a plan for me but the physisists have a question and they won't sign off on the plan until they discuss it with my doctor.  He happens to be involved with the international conference they are having at UFPTI this week and won't be back in the office till Tuesday.  So my tenative appointment to start my treatment is 1600 or 4PM for you civilians on Tuesday.  Now we have a 4 day weekend with no plans. 
There is a positive side.  Even though I spent 22 plus years in the military and many of those were a long way from home this make me feel more of a kinship to the military fighting this war on terror.  Many are a long way from home and face the possibility of death each and every day.  While I might be half way across the country from most of my loved ones, I am not alone as I sit here with my sweet wife Debbie. 
Please remember our service men and women in prayer on this Memorial Weekend.
Richard yeah tongue yeah
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 5/16/2008 for approx 4 weeks with Proton to follow for approx 4 weeks
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM

Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2359
   Posted 5/22/2008 3:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear about your further delay, Richard.  You will soon be on the short list of Nobel Prize nominees for patience!
And thanks for the reminder about Memorial Day and the men and women serving the country they love in far-flung places in great danger.  
I just completed reading two excellent, readable books by James Hornfischer--Ship of Ghosts and Last Stand of the Tin Can Sailors  about the terrible human cost of WWII.  I have an interest in that war because my 85-year-old dad was a WWII military pilot.  I served in the blue-water Navy in the Vietnam War.
Take care and hang in there...Tim

Post Edited (TimG) : 5/22/2008 2:59:43 PM (GMT-6)

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 63
   Posted 5/22/2008 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
So sorry about the delay, we are thinking about you, and all of our military families ,some so far away on this memorial day. We give thanks for having been an air force family and just know that all will work out for you. Annie

dx. 3-08  @ age 63. gleason 6 . 1 out of 12 cores positive. 4th biopsy in 8 years. previous 3 negative. followed closley due to family hx.grandfather, father and 2 uncles dx. with prostate cancer. dre negative, cat and bone scan negative. davinci scheduled for may 27, 2008. 2 daughters, retired hospital administration, air force family years ago.

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 5/27/2008 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Richard
I have not been as active in this forum in recent months, but just came across your posting here.  I checked out your great website which should be very helpful to those who are trying to make the tough decision of how to treat their PCa.  I was humbled to find that your website has a link to my journey with PCa on this website.  Perhaps you have explained this somewhere, but it would be helpful to know why you did not elect to be treated at M.D. Andersen and chose the University of Florida instead for a combination of hormone, IMRT and proton radation treatment.  Also, why wasn't proton therapy alone an option for your treatment? This information would be very helpful to readers here.
Sorry to hear about the delay in starting your treatments, but hopefully you will be well on your way soon!  I hope and pray that your treatments will be successful and that you can get back to enjoying your retirement.  I have the greatest respect and admiration for those who have bravely served our military so well and have given so much to defend the freedoms which we enjoy and much too often take for granted.  Hats off to you!
-69 years young!
-29 core biopsy 9/27/06 at age 68
-PSA 7.1, Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in one area], Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two other areas], Negative DRE, bone scan and Endorectal MRI. 
-Completed 39 Proton radiation treatments 2/22/07-4/18/07.   
-PSA History: 7.1 pre-treatment; post treatment: 2.1 (3 mo.), 2.4 (6 mo.), 1.7 (9 mo), 1.6 (12 mo.).  Radiation oncologist said: the 3-mo. drop of 70% exceeded expectations; the slight 6-mo. bump up was not a cause for concern now; expected drop in 12-18 mo. is 75%.
-The following is a link to My Journey With Prostate Cancer -- Proton RadiationTherapy.  

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