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Tim G
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Two years ago today I had my prostate removed.  I'm grateful to be free of cancer.  Having prostate cancer may go away, but having had it doesn't.  It has changed me in ways I'm still discovering.  I pay more attention to life in all its richness and wonder and joy and sadness.  Life is a gift, one day at a time....Tim    

Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tim,
I can't agree more. I have said in my blog, that if you live life and can survive cancer, you will be givin a gift that you never would have any other way. While I have survived it, I too have felt this change in my life. Little things make me more satisfied and I may have missed it 20 months ago. While I am showing a remissive but dangerous state, I still appreciate what has made my quality of life improve. Caring and loving is so much easier. I extend it to you. And I say "Happy Anniversary". God Bless you , my friend!

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
Visit my Journey at:
And at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator


livinadream
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   Posted 6/22/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Tim I hate it takes something like cancer to wake us up to the wonderful world around us. I to appreciate everyday and always try to find the good in everyone. Life is a gift of which we are not guaranteed, and we should accept that gift in the manner in which it was given. Grace abound my friend. Congrats on being cancer free. I have my next Lupron shot and PSA test in late July I to hope to post good results.

peace and 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%
 


biker90
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   Posted 6/22/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Tim,

Its nice to be 2 years away from surgery. You are right, cancer changes our lives. Its up to us to make that a change for the good...

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."


James C.
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   Posted 6/22/2008 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on reaching a really big milepost on your journey.  We change as we live, and this experience adds a lot to that change....

James C.
Co-Moderator- Prostate Cancer Forum

Age 61
4/19/07 PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7
7/11/07 Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07 Path report: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6.
9/24/07 (open) Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed
9/26/07 Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07 ED- begin 50mg Viagra and Vacurect pump nightly, Fully continent
1/14/08 Caverject started/stopped, aching. 2/24/08 .5ml Bimix started-success
5/7/08 ED- Viagra, pump, no response- Trimix .075ml continues
Post Surgery PSA's:  3 mts-0, 6 mts.-0


smilingoldcoot
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Date Joined Jan 2008
Total Posts : 338
   Posted 6/22/2008 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Tim

Thanks for posting.  Postives are always a blessing, not only for the one personally involved but others who may follow in similar foot steps.

May you continue your cancer free journey forever.

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% 
Jan & Feb & Mar all tests clear
MD Anderson = No surgery and No Proton only Hormone and IMRT
Contacted with Loma Linda and UFPTI in FL
Started Treatment at the U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute in April 2008
May 2, 2008 LUPRON & Casodex
IMRT to started  5/27/2008 Will get 42 treatments 19 IMRT and then 23 Proton
Turn Stumbling Blocks into Steping Stones and Keep Smiling
Our Journey is on WWW.GLEASON10.COM
 


VaFan
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Total Posts : 203
   Posted 6/22/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -6)   
HI Tim,
So wonderful it has been 2 years for you!! May you have a continual happy and healthy journey!
Cindy
Age 51 Kent Cindy 49
January 08 PSA 5.2 round of antibiotics went to 4.3
February 08 another round of antibiotics went to 4.2
March 17,08 had biopsy, 2 days later told cancer was on
one entire side of prostate.
Gleason 3+3
Doctor thinks its best to get the whole prostate with Perineal  Prostatectomy.
Surgery scheduled for this Thursday April 10th. Only took 1 1/2 hours. In recovery 1 hour.  Both nerves were spared.
Home 4-11. Cath out 4-22. Incision looks completly healed on the outside by 4-25.  Incontinence "a thing of the past" as of 5-28
lst PSA 0.04 June 3. YAY!!!
viagra up to 100 a day and feeling some change. Keep our fingers crossed.


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 6/22/2008 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Yay Tim!
 
What a great cause for celebration!  tongue
 
Thanks for the reminder that every day given to us is precious and we should strive to find the richness in each day.
 
All the best,
 
 
 
 

Barry ~ (a.k.a. "Idaho") - Prostate Cancer Forum Moderator

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007… 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  09/11/2007  <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

3rd PSA  03/17/2008  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


M. Kat
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   Posted 6/23/2008 7:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Tim, that is wonderful news! We are just a few months behind you. Yes, cancer does change your life, but for the better in many ways. May you be cancer free the rest of your life. kat
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump
8/07 - 1 yr PSA <0.1
9/1/07 - achieved erection with Viagra - no pump!
3/08 - 18 mo PSA <0.1
tried Levitra - works much better than Viagra - fewer side affects


ChrisR
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   Posted 6/23/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats Tim.  You will have many more...

JCL
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Total Posts : 242
   Posted 6/23/2008 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations, Tim! Two-years is a big deal. I recently passed one-year and I can honestly say that although, obviously, I would never have chosen to have prostate cancer, going through the experience has made me a much better person than I was before PCa. Hate to use the old cliches but it's true, I now take time to smell the roses and appreciate the gift of life in ways I would have never imagined.

Biopsy: Diagnosed March 25, 2007. PSA 3.0. Gleason 6. Five of twelve samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
Surgery: May 21, 2007, Florida Hospital, Orlando,FL
Post-op Pathology: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes. T2c
Continence/Erections Out of pads at five weeks. Fully continent and can achieve erections.
Post Surgery PSA: Five tests, all <0.1
Family history: Great-great grandfather died from PC. My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had an undetectable PSA ever since. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.


myman
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   Posted 6/24/2008 12:05 AM (GMT -6)   
Tim,
You've posted here many times to offer encouragement & hope to many. I appreciated your post and that how a close call will also give the gift of appreciation!
I'm hoping you are always a big ole zero!

Enjoy!
Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

Link to journey:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=35&m=826731


Lungman
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Total Posts : 276
   Posted 6/24/2008 6:10 AM (GMT -6)   
TimG,
Well said and congratulations on your anniversary. This disease has changed me, for the better I am sure, I am still discovering how everyday. I hope you continue well on your journey.
Randy
46 you when diagnosed, now 47
Pre-Op PSA 9.9
1 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3
DaVinci on 9/5/2007
Post-Op Gleason 3+6, Negative Nodes and Margins
Less than 1% of prostate involved with CA
3 Month PSA 0.01, 6 Month PSA 0.01, 9 Month PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Cialis 5 mg every night.
Success with BiMix


Tim G
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   Posted 6/27/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to everyone who responded for your good words. I appreciated reading how prostate cancer has changed your own perspective. And I wish you all the best outcome of your own prostate cancer journey.  


Age 59  PSA quadrupled in 1 yr (0.6 to 2.5) 
DRE neg  1 of 12 biopsies pos (< 5%) 
Open surgery June 2006 
Organ confined pT2a  Gleason 5   
Cancer-free for 2 years  PSA's undetectable 


mvesr
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   Posted 6/27/2008 6:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Tim

Good news about this important milestone. Having just past the one year mark myself, I hope you have many more years on your journey.

Take care and God bless

Mika
age at dx 54 now 56
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
 

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