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Todd1963
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   Posted 11/4/2008 9:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello everyone. So often we here who are battling this disease spend a great deal of our time with PCa being the focus of our daily lives. Too bad because our focus should always be on today and living in the moment. That said, I spent this last weekend with my dad mom, and my son, hunting elk in Wa. state. Wow, what a good time. Our time with family is too important and every day of our lives should be embraced and treasured. I recently spent a weekend having a marital spat. What a bummer. In the end we realized that every day we argue is a day we have wasted. I hope to have many years but the truth is we just dont know. I believe we must focus on what is good and beautiful even more so than those who do not yet realize that they are also terminal.LOL. My life is so wonderful and I have been blessed with friends and family, great kids and perfect grandbabies. Since I got Pca I have seen the beauty so often overlooked in places that are really in my own backyard. God is Good. Okay I'm done preaching to the choir. I got my elk on sunday. First hunting trip with my son and my parents together. Live on people. Live, love, and enjoy. yeah yeah yeah

Swimom
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:15 AM (GMT -7)   

Living,

Congrats on the big game! Being in Michigan we appreciate our hunting seasons. Ahhhhh the smell of falling leaves and smokers fill the air :>)

As for the other. I'm guessing you've always spent time, had family close and apreciated your time with them. Now you have a clearer memory and like an artist, see all of lifes detail more clearly. You, are holding a brush...enjoy the canvas. Memories are cheap. Paint as many as you desire :>) 

Spats are a normal part of the problem solving process so don't take the occasional bad day for something negative. Not that it is something we should do very often in life but, these things do help create who we are and help define us as individual thinkers. Just realize it happens and if ya learned from it, great, it was not without purpose at that time.

Happy Hunting,

Swim


 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Todd,

Send Jerky!   I love Elk jerky...My neighbor has his tag but no target yet.  He brought over some of his Elk jerky he mace a couplrs ago and we ate it all up quickly.  It was the best I ever had.  Great job, though Todd.  You keep on livin' and enjoying the things you love.  That falls right in line with my motto.  I hope to talk to you soo, and don't forget to reach out to me on your next Vegas trip!

 

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!
 
 


Todd1963
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Jerky? Sorry!! I am having 30lbs of pepperoni and 80lbs of summer sausage made but no jerky. That does sound really good though. The best part of this is that my onco told me I could eat as much wild game as I wanted. YumYum. I would love to get together in vegas. Peace out. Todd
P.s. thanks swim

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 11/4/2008 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a fan of hunting, but can appreciate time well spent with family and looking at life through different eyes. Glad you were able to enjoy yours and the beautiful state of Washington. (I am a little bias :) There is nothing better than family and enjoying all of life's blessings. 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
July 2, 08 PSA <.02
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

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Roger G
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 11/4/2008 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Well then.... sounds like you need a hand eating all that pepperoni and sausage.
Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
08/2007: Bone Scan found something on my skull. PCa surgery on hold
             Had piece of skull removed to test for PCa.
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
             Both nerve bundles spared
             Pathology Report: Tumour confined w/in prostate
             T2c, Gleason is 3+3=6
             Went home with JP drain
10/2007: Made return trip to hospital.  All urine was coming out JP drain.
10/2007: Catheter removed. Next to no leakage
11/2007: 1st PSA <.003.  Started Viagra for ED, no response yet.
             Having some issue with Vertigo from skull operation.
12/2007: Had confidence to go padless!!!!!
12/2007: ED:  Stopped Viagra as it's causing hemroid problems.
01/2008: 2nd PSA <.003 :) ED: next to no response.
             Vertigo is subsiding.
04/2008: 3nd PSA <.003 :) ED: Changed the Viagra prescription.
07/2008: 4nd PSA <.003 :) ED: Still NADA.  Changing to Cialis.
             Dizzy spells are occurring more often
09/2008: Trying Levitra 


Todd1963
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   Posted 11/4/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey doting. I am biased as well. I have lived here all my life.Silverlake Wa. As for hunting I understand but at least with wild game you do not get meat that has been polluted with antibiotics and hormones that no hormone therapy can fight. I do not enjoy the killing, in fact it breaks my heart but in my own opinion it is far more humane than what happens to farm animals. Read sinclares "the Jungle" or "fast food nation." (not sure of the author) Its no wonder so many people have cancer. Just my two cents.

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25353
   Posted 11/4/2008 12:40 PM (GMT -7)   

I have never hunted, but I liked the point of your story, life goes on, with or without our PC in the midsts of it.  I am still learning to deal with it like everyone else here.  Very inspired words from you, thanks.

David in SC


Age 56, 56 at DX
 
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
Biopsy 2007 Negative
Biopsy 8-2008 Neg, some PIN, 4 "Suspicious Areas"
Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted
Additonal PIN noted
 
Open RP surgery scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC


Todd1963
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   Posted 11/4/2008 2:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Roger, you show up to my house on Christmas and there will be lots of Elk sausage and pepperoni to share

Doting Daughter
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   Posted 11/4/2008 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
We are practically neighbors!   We live just outside of Seattle. Silverlake puts out one of my favorite wines.  I completely agree with you regarding the farm animals.  I haven't eaten meat since I was 13, but who knows, hopefully I will live cancer free for all my days, but I doubt it :)  I've lived with meat eaters my entire life, including my husband, who loves wild game.  It takes all types turn I haven't read either of those books, but have heard about "fast food nation".  I will have to chekc out "the Jungle".  Hope your day is fabulous!
living1963 said...
Hey doting. I am biased as well. I have lived here all my life.Silverlake Wa. As for hunting I understand but at least with wild game you do not get meat that has been polluted with antibiotics and hormones that no hormone therapy can fight. I do not enjoy the killing, in fact it breaks my heart but in my own opinion it is far more humane than what happens to farm animals. Read sinclares "the Jungle" or "fast food nation." (not sure of the author) Its no wonder so many people have cancer. Just my two cents.

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
Oct. 10, 08 PSA <.02
Praying for a cured dad.

Co-Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25353
   Posted 11/4/2008 3:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" was a high school read for me, one of just a few books that changed my life and thinking, even to this day.
Age 56, 56 at DX
 
PSA 2007 5.8
PSA 7-2008 12.3
PSA 9-2008 14.9
Biopsy 2007 Negative
Biopsy 8-2008 Neg, some PIN, 4 "Suspicious Areas"
Biopsy 9-2008 Positive
7 of 7 cores positive, ranging from 40 - 90%
2 tumours noted, Gleason 4+3 and 3+4
Periunual Invasion noted
Additonal PIN noted
 
Open RP surgery scheduled for Friday, November 14, 2008 at
St. Francis Hospital, Greenville, SC


Todd1963
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Total Posts : 3195
   Posted 11/4/2008 4:22 PM (GMT -7)   
My wife had been a vegetarian since age 11 when her father showed her how veal was produced. She always loved meat but objected to the way animals were treated. I was always a meat eater but she helped me to see the light. Now we only eat free range chicken and turkey, wild caught fish, and wild game. Sinclairs book is an eye opener. Fast food nation goes into a lot of detail about the meat packing industry as well but the jungle will make you sick. Fast food nation talks a lot about fecal mater content in beef and explains why they have to raiate the meat before it goes to market. P.S. we also only eat cage free eggs

divo
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Total Posts : 637
   Posted 11/4/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Living....You are the best! What a great post...You are enjoying your life...every day we must try to remember what we love about it, and try to not focus on the negative....Tonight I came back from work, and Pete was sitting on the sofa, as always, and, his AUS is not working like he thought it would....He is depressed, and negative, and sort of beligerent about "things"......I read your post to him, and it really helped him. I thank you so much for that....Di
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 age 67 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
seed implant and conformal radiation Lupron from Jan 2001 to Jan2002
2005 Dec PSA began to rise from .5 to 8 within 6 months
Salvage surgery at MSK 9/06
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/07
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8. Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK


Todd1963
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   Posted 11/4/2008 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
You are welcome divo. I am so happy that this post could help someone else as this site has helped me so much. This place rocks.

biker90
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   Posted 11/4/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Living,

Congrats on the great attitude and the elk. I live over here in Spokane and hunt around Yakima with my son. That is when I'm not in some kind of cancer treatment.

Good for you,
Jim
Age 74. 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 - 7/17/08 0.00. 
Next PSA test on 1/28/09
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08.  Surgery on 6/25/08  T1N1M0 - Stage IIA  Started chemo in September 08
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."


Todd1963
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   Posted 11/5/2008 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jim. Always good to meet a fellow washingtonian. I like the spokane area but I'm partial to the west side. I know if I lived over there I would get a lot more use out of my snowmobiles though. If your ever on this side of the mountains look me up. I live 3 houses from the best bass lake in the state. Some day I'm gonna have to buy a bass boat. lol

Post Edited (living1963) : 11/5/2008 7:49:53 AM (GMT-7)


Todd1963
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Total Posts : 3195
   Posted 11/18/2008 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Just a update. When I first came here I was really scared but it has eased. Elk season was great and we finished hunting season with my son and I getting a really nice deer on the second to the last day of the season. It is the first time my son and I have ever had success hunting together. This has been the best year of my life. Elk hunting, deer hunting, caught 18 salmon. My wife and I have been snowmobiling ,snowboarding, hiking, camping, waterskiing,and  kayaking. My life is wonderful and P.Ca. is just a footnote. We still live three months at a time but the key is we are living and life is really good. I just stared playing and singing in a new band "Haywired". We will be coming soon to a honky tonk near you. You can check us out at haywiredmusic.com. I'm still here ya'll so give me a yell every now and then. Todd

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 11/18/2008 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
That is awesome...What a great attitude, Todd. Aside from playing country music, we have much in common about how to deal with cancer. I decided out of the gate that if I had to live with this disease that I would live it to the fullest. I have succeeded to do so in my belief. And the simplest things are so much easier to enjoy now. As my pictures on my blog indicate, the adventures are fun too....lol...We just returned from Zion NP in Utah over the weekend, and we had the park seemingly to ourselves. Have a great week and keep on keepin on!

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!
 
 


Todd1963
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 3195
   Posted 11/18/2008 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Tony, As always your words never cease to further inspire me. I can say with all honesty that you are a light upon a hill guiding the way for those who follow. I love checking out your blog. There has not been a single time that I have logged on to hw and not been cheered up by reading one of your posts. Thank you. Although I have never met you I think of you as a friend. Todd
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