Lament for my little Buddy

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LV-TX
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Date Joined Jul 2008
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   Posted 10/2/2008 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   

Lament for my Little Buddy

 

You came to me when I need you the most

            In my darkest hour whilst I was asleep

You hung around and never left my side

            But alas you were a friendship not to keep

 

You would irate me while I sat

            And would rub me wrong while I walk

You interfered with my bed time rest

            And every where I went you would stalk

 

And now the time has come to pass

            You are finally gone from me for good

A celebration for me you can clearly see

            So what I say is easily understood

 

So Long

Too Bad

So Sorry

Don’t Cry

Good Bye

 

Okay...just a joke...but hooray...the catheter is gone...man was that a long two weeks...but am I glad.  I feel so much better now and now the real recovery begins.   Will be back to work on Monday with no restrictions. 

 

The path report was good with a minor blip of having a positive margin (in signature)...but we will keep an eye on the PSA and if it rears it's ugly head again, then I have various salvage treatments available.  But for now, I believe I am going to be one of the lucky ones that will remain cancer free. 

 

Doctor ordered a PSA test in three weeks, which I thought was unusual, I thought it was supposed to be at three months for the first one...oh well...no big deal.

 

A big thanks to all here, you have made the entire process of having cancer, and then surgery and now the healing so much easier to handle and made it not as scary as the word cancer sounds.


Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base)
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1,2008
Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX
Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
14 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 


RBinCountry
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 270
   Posted 10/2/2008 8:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Nice poem.  You're a PC surviving poet!  Glad to hear that you are yet another step toward returning to norm.  Blessings.
 
RB

Age 61
Original data - pre-operation
PSA: 5.1
T1C clinical diagnosis, Needle biopsy - 10 cores, Gleason 7 = 3+4 in 1 core (40%), 7 cores Gleason 6 = 3+3 ranging from 5% to 12%
All scans negative
Lupron administered 4/9/2008 for 4 months (with idea I would undergo external beam radiation followed by seed implants - then I changed my mind).
Robotic DiVinci surgery - Dr. Fagin (Austin) May 19th
Post operative - pathology
pT2c NX MX
Gleason 3+4
Margins - negative
Extraprostatic extension - negative
seminal vesicle invasion - uninvolved
1st Post PSA .04

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 10/2/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   

Les,
Your doctor is doing right by checking the PSA in three weeks.  I too had positive margins and was tested in two weeks.  By testing sooner rather than later we determined trends.  I waited until it stabilized before taking additional action.  Luckily, it stabilized at undetectable!

Don't know what to say about your poem, other than to say I play musical instruments and can put this to a tune!  Because of it's nature, I suggest Dobro, Mandolin, and Guitar and a bluegrass beat.  I don't think a ballad approach will work as well...LOL smilewinkgrin

Tony



Age 46 (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, Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE)
Bilateral seminal vesicle invasion (SVI); Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (September 17 '08): <0.1 ~ Undetectable!
 
You can visit my Journey at:
 
STAY POSITIVE!
 
 


LV-TX
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Total Posts : 966
   Posted 10/3/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks RB and Tony. It was just a little humor. It seems that there is a fine line between humor and denial, and at the same time a fine line between concern and depression. Cancer can do both to a person. I am typically a very positive individual and so a little humor is what I add to the mix of concern to keep things real.

Off-subject...Tony I played a little rhythm guitar back in a high school rock band. You know the time when if you knew 4 or 5 chords you could nearly play any song on the radio. But I gotta ask you...what is a Dobro?
Les
 
Age 58 at Diagnosis
Oct 2006 - PSA 2.6 - DRE Normal
May 2008 - PSA 4.6 - DRE Normal / TRUS normal-Gland 38 cc
July 2008 - Biopsy 4 of 12 Positive 5 - 30% Involved Bilateral (Perineural Invasion present at base)
Gleason (3+3) 6  Stage T1C
August 23 - Bone Scan - Hips, Spine and ribs marked uptake - X-Ray showed clear -Hooray
Sept 9 2nd DRE - questionable - TRUS...shadow in base - Gland now 41 cc
Robotic Surgery Sept 18, 2008
Pathology October 1,2008
Gleason 7 (4+3) Staged pT2c NO MX
Gland 50 cc
Seminal Vesicles and Lymph Nodes clear
Positive Margins Right Posterior Lobe
14 tumors in prostate - largest being 6 cm 


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 10/3/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -6)   
I love the poem!! We don't get poems in here very often and it brightened my day. Congrats on moving on and may you be cancer free forever! All the best!
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
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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Tim G
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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 2331
   Posted 10/3/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
A poem  about a catheter, whodda thunk it!  Only someone who has experienced the intimacy of this practical, irritating device as many of us have. 
 
Take care and hang in there...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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Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 10/3/2008 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   

LV,

You have heard this instrument a million times dating back to the beginning of every Looney Tunes cartoon.  it's that twangy guitar sound that evrybody loves.  I own 4 of these instruments.  The best way to describe it is go to the link below.  Turn up the speakers and enjoy:

Jerry Douglas Solo:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gukFvG8VbK4

 

With Alison Krauss and Union station:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_Pf2FIxT6Q (Alison Sings)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuGJaU25ZIA&feature=related Performing at Alison's 20th Grammy award

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6ilN4cFmjk&feature=related (Dan Sings)

Tony


anglophile
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 82
   Posted 10/3/2008 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
It's good to have a sense of humor in times like these.
Age 59 - diagnosed in Jan. 08 after biopsy
da Vinci Robotic Prostatectomy 4/11/08 - both nerves spared
Catheter removed 4/25/08
Prostate Pathology:
Gleason Grade 6 (3+3)
5 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad night, 2 during day
7 wks post-op Continence: 2 pads every 24 hours
First post-op PSA at 7 wks: 0.1
14 wks post-op Continence: 1 pad days, no pad nights
Post-Op PSA at 5 months: 0.1

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