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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 12/24/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, everyone.  One year ago today I found out I had prostate cancer.  My doc said we'll do the biopsies and you can come in on Christmas Eve and get the good news that everything is fine.  Well, we didn't get the news we had hoped for.  My wife is a nurse and she only recently told me that she knew the news wasn't good when they put us in a conference room rather than an examining room.  We received the news and left the doctors office in something of a state of shock. 
We then went home to both of our children and their spouses and our 2 grandchildren (our daughter-in-law was 8 months pregnant at the time and has since given us grandchild number 3). They were visiting for Christmas so we had the opportunity to tell them in person.  I clearly remember my daughter (I definitely have a Daddy's girl) not taking the news so well.  Our son is a medical professional (a certified ER nurse) and he knew that the prognosis was good if they got it early and I had a good surgeon.
I did indeed get a fine surgeon that I have been very thankful for this past year.  He performed sugery on Feb 4 and I have received zero's every 3 months since with my next appointment coming up the first week of January. 
I came home that Christmas Eve day and started doing research.  The doctor gave me a book and I went to Barnes and Noble and bought another one.  I started doing internet research and found this site.  I can truly say that this site has been invaluable.  You find guys and their ladies who have been through what I have been through and know the issues.  I am more grateful than I can say for each of you.  I have slowed down in posting over the past few months but I still chime in every once in awhile. 
Thank you to each of you for being there when I needed you.
Trust that each of you will have a joyous and blessed Christmas.  David
Age 55
Diagnosed Dec 2007 during annual routine physical
PSA doubled from previous year from 1.5 to 3.2
12 biopsies - 2 positive with 2 marginal
Gleason 3 + 3 = 6
RRP 4 Feb 08
Both nerves spared
Good pathology - no margins - all encapsulated - Gleason 4 + 3 = 7
Catheter out Feb 13 - wore pad for couple of days - pad free Feb 16
Great wife and family who take very good care of me

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 12/24/2008 8:07 PM (GMT -6)   
WOW! What a wonderful post! Thanks for this insight into your beautiful family. God Bless you and your family....Merry Christmas...Diane
Husband Pete
dx Jan 2001 gleason 4 + 3 PSA 16.5
Seed implant and conformal radiation and 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 Dr. Eastham
Fistula operation 2/07 MSK Dr. Wong
Many cystoscopies and ER visits with strictures
Catheter for one year....Catheter taken out Sept 07..
Total Incontinence since then....
PSA .52 3/08
AUS Operation at MSK Sept 8 2008 Dr. Sandhu
Activated Oct 28th Dr. Sandhu..MSK
Some difficulty with AUS arising Nov 10 2008
Meeting with Dr. Sandhu to discuss AUS problems and new PSA test Dec 11, 2008
PSA .6 12/08
Waiting to see if AUS gets better results
Complete hip replacement surgery coming up Jan 9, 2009

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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 12/25/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for taking the time to share with us David. I am sure this was not the Christmas gift you had intended for it to be, but I also bet that there were many blessings along the way and a renewed love peace and joy as to what Christmas really means. Remember my friend sometimes things have to fall apart before they can fall into place. You are blessed.

peace and love
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
Currently on Lupron
I go to The Cancer Treatment Center of America
Married with two kids
latest PSA 5-27-08 0.11
PSA July 24th, 2008 is 0.04
PSA Dec 16th, 2008 is .06
Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May
cancer in 4 of 6 cores

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