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Tim G
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   Posted 6/2/2008 11:26 PM (GMT -6)   
There was an interesting article in today's NY Times that focused on emotions and cancer. Worth reading for those interested....here's the link
 

livinadream
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   Posted 6/3/2008 4:25 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Tim I found that to be a good article. I do think it is important for fighters and caregivers to get their emotions out and dealt with if possible, however I think it is also important that we fighters do not drown in those same emotions. That is one of the beauties of this forum, we are allowed to share feelings that might not otherwise be shared. I have learned that behind the tough facade is concerned individual.
THanks to people like you TimG for making HW awesome.

peace and much love
Dale
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
Casodex
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


Johnny Canuck
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   Posted 6/3/2008 7:55 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting article, indeed. Personally, I find an irreverence works well as a coping mechanism...which is why I got my radiation tattoo. I also spent quite a while checking out the pithy anti-cancer tee-shirts on cafepress.com , but I was disappointed that I couldn't find a really good one for PCa. There was one about prostate cancer patients having a DRY sense of humour, but I figured that was too much info. Personally...my ideal choice of two-word statement may not be in the best of taste, but gets the message across.
 
I see us as doing battle daily, and I have no problem with an aggressive attitude towards an aggressive ailment. But God bless those that let us lower our guard from time-to-time, too.
Age: 54
Gleason Score: 3+3=6
PSA: 3.33
Biopsy:7/8 Positive
Stage: "Bulky" T1c
Prostate Size: 27cc
 
Diagnosed: December 05, 2007
Brachytherapy: February 26, 2008
68 seeds, (Iodine 125). 
 
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Doting Daughter
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   Posted 6/3/2008 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Good article. Thanks for sharing.
Father's Age 62 (now 63)
Original Gleason 3+4=7, Post-Op Gleason- 4+3=7,
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin, One positive node. T3a N1 M0.
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07, Lupron beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yrs
Radiation March 03-April 22, 2008- 8 weeks 5x a week
Praying for a cured dad. First PSA 3 months!


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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/3/2008 10:37 AM (GMT -6)   
I have no choice but to choose to be positive.... :-) .

But it's true. By staying positive my family carry's on well. Thanks for this article. Being with a group of people who have walked a mile in these shoes, I know I am not alone when I say Stay Positive. This article gives a clear understanding of how it helps. This burdon, does not have to be undertaken alone, though, either. IMHO, being positive for the family does not do it alone. When we are positive for ourselves, it allows us to talk about our illness and be frank, without sounding negative or depressed. "I am doing well thank you, now what would you like to know?"...I don't mind being open AND positive...

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 (May 9 '08): <0.1
I will continue HT until May '09. 
Years in Remission (3/23/07): 1
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STAY POSITIVE!
 
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Johnny Canuck
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 6/3/2008 11:44 AM (GMT -6)   
TC-LasVegas said......IMHO, being positive for the family does not do it alone. When we are positive for ourselves, it allows us to talk about our illness and be frank, without sounding negative or depressed.
I agree, Tony, and also that passing the word along helps to embed the advice we are given to help ourselves. I will confess, though, to having gone through a stage where I felt that the toughest part of the disease was reassuring everybody that it was no big deal.
Age: 54
Gleason Score: 3+3=6
PSA: 3.33
Biopsy:7/8 Positive
Stage: "Bulky" T1c
Prostate Size: 27cc
 
Diagnosed: December 05, 2007
Brachytherapy: February 26, 2008
68 seeds, (Iodine 125). 
 
Walk my path at:
 
 

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