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AstroNerd
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 2/7/2009 9:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I never thought I'd want a tattoo, but I never thought I get cancer either. Having won the first round with cancer I feel compelled to get a tat. But what and where? Something simple like a blue ribbon? Where? Arm? Chest? Elsewhere?
cheers & beers,
Chris


Diagnosed on 9.23.08, age 47
Gleason 6, T1a
da Vinci LRP performed 1.22.09 at Moffitt Cancer Center by Dr. Pow-Sang
Catheter out on 2.4.09!!!!
Pathology: Gleason 7 (3+4), T2c. Tumor 15%, fully contained, margins clear, lymph clear.


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 2/7/2009 2:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Chris, Rethink the tat..... I don't think you will love to keep seeing it after awhile.... (Just my humble opinion!) Di
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
AUS improving..only 2 pads a day and one at night
Complete hip replacement surgery Dr. Waters Gainesville, FL 1/9/09
Forging ahead to health!


Paul1959
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 598
   Posted 2/7/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
How about a trophy...right over your prostate? Or something on the backside to remind all lookers of all those exams? That way YOU never have to look at it!
Hmmmm...how about a finger? Yes, THAT finger!....directed right at PCa
Paul
46 at Diagnosis.
Father died of Pca 4/07 at 86.
1/06 PSA 3.15
1/07 PSA 4.6 (Biopsy 3/07 just suspicious)
10/07 PSA 5.06 (Biopsy 11/07 1 of 12 with 8% involvment) (1mm)
Da Vinci surgery Jan 5, '08 at Mt. Sinai Hosp. NYC www.roboticoncology.com
Saved both nerve bundles.
Path Report: Stage T2cNxMx
-Gleason (3+3)6
-totally contained to prostate,
-10% involvement in L & R Mid lobes
PSA 0 at nine months.
Pad free on March 14 - (10 weeks.) Never a problem since.
ED - Took 100mg viagra every night. for several months
Totally usable erections at 10 weeks, which disappeared over the course of a month or two.
ED bounce is what they call it. Now, at one year, ED is fine with viagra.


mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 2/7/2009 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey AstroNerd

I still hate needles although I am getting used to them by now. Not used to them enough to get a tattoo, sorry

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
Tossed the pads this spring
ED still a problem
Got a shot last week and it was great
A year an a half of zero's
 


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 2/7/2009 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Made it to age 56, without a tatoo, and even way back when I was young drunk sailor, lol. Got nothing against them, one of my sons and my daugthers have them, just never had the desire.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


Dirtmover
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 158
   Posted 2/7/2009 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
hey ther astro, you wanna tat ,,,,,,,,,,,get a tat remember there are plenty of people who will profile and judge you if you have ink ,thats just the shallow minded hypocritical society we live in today,i personally think you wont mind the tat a bit in 10 yrs or grow tired of looking at it ,tattoos are a little story of where weve been in our lives it reminds us of who we are and what we might have endured ,most will say something stipid or judgemental like ....what do you need atat for ,im thinking of one myself  email me and ill share ,its the blue ribbon with  PSa survivor on it , people would rather judge(as if they were qualified) than view it in several lights .when i get mine i HOPE someone comments on it so maybe i can ask about there psa or if they are even familiar with it or PCa , i will use it not only to remind me ,but to reach out to others,,,i say do what you want and good for you,,funny thing is most people who are against them dont have the balls to comment on them to you anyway . have several and all are special and no ive never been to prison,,,and i have a sleeve  good for you my brother  bring awareness anyway you can  ,,,,wish you well.......dirt skull
Diagnosed November 2007   (43 years old )
PSA 3.9 / Gleason 6 / TC1 6 cores 1 shows 25%
Sugery scheduled 5/29/08 - City of Hope - Dr. Mark Kawachi
 "First show of the day"
 and now for the new ive been waiting for
 FINAL PATH REPORT:gleason upgraded to 3+4 T2c bilateral disease,tumor involvment 5%
extra prostatic extention:absent
seminal vesical invasion :absent
pathological staging:pTNM pT2 ORGAN CONFINED
margins free of carcinoma
usable erections ;6-6-08 with little blue pill
continence; 1 pad a day, dry at night
continence a non issue at 10weeks


Gunner59
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 109
   Posted 2/8/2009 6:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I'd considered a tat for years, and after my dx, I decided life was too short to be concerned with what other people thought about me, so I got the dragon I've always wanted. My wife of 29 years likes it, and her opinion is the only one that really matters to m I've told people that the dragon is to scare away PCa and a-holes, and with 2 undetectable PSA tests now, it's at least doing half it's job tongue
Age 48 at diagnosis
3 Jul 08 PSA 27.21
Biopsy positive 3+3=7 9 of 24 punches
Bone scan clear
22 Sep 08 Laproscopic Radical Prostatectomy and bilateral pelvic Lymphadenectomy
Gleason 3+4 after prostate removal, lymph nodes clear
Stage T2B
PSA at 3 months=undetectable


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 2/8/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I was going to say, Gunner, bet it works on the PC, but sure you will be stuck with the a-holes, they never seem to go away, not matter what treatment plan. lol.
Age 56, 56 at DX, PSA 7/7 5.8, 7/8 12.3
3rd Biopsy 9/8 Positive 7 of 7 cores pos, 40-90%, Gleason 7
Open RP surgery 11/14/8, Non-nerve sparing, 4 days hospital, staples out 11/24/8, 5th cath out on 1/19/9
Post-surgery Pathlogy Report:Gleason 3+4=7, pT2c, 42 grm, tumor 20%, Contained in capsular, clear margins, clear lymph nodes 
First PSA Post Surgery   2/9/9
 
 


divo
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 2/8/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Chris...IM rethinking the tattoo.....After reading the others remarks, I rather like the idea of a dragon with a blue ribbon around his tail? Im serious...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
AUS improving..only 2 pads a day and one at night
Complete hip replacement surgery Dr. Waters Gainesville, FL 1/9/09
Forging ahead to health!


AstroNerd
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 56
   Posted 2/8/2009 10:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't imagine wanting to forget this experience years down the road. I plan on being here 30 years from now and I rather like the idea of having a permanent reminder of this experience. As I mentioned in my initial post, I never thought I'd want a tattoo - I'm the conservative one in the household (wife is the canceling democrat). However, for some unexplainable reason, I feel like I have to do this. I don't care what others think about tattoo's - what other people think has never occurred to me to worried about.

Being a conservative, I was thinking "small. clean and elegant" - just a simple blue ribbon. Something that would remind me of this battle, and evoke conversation with others. However, this dragon with a blue ribbon thing.... that does sounds really interesting.

After talking to my wife about this, she wants to also get a tattoo of this same theme. Then she mentioned getting her belly button pierced. I'm 47 and she's 51. You'd think we were a bunch of hippies all of a sudden! What have I started here? :)
cheers & beers,
Chris


Diagnosed on 9.23.08, age 47
Gleason 6, T1a
da Vinci LRP performed 1.22.09 at Moffitt Cancer Center by Dr. Pow-Sang
Catheter out on 2.4.09!!!!
Pathology: Gleason 7 (3+4), T2c. Tumor 15%, fully contained, margins clear, lymph clear.


Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 2/8/2009 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
What about something with the date you got diagnosed or had your surgery. If you wanted to do an animal, 2009 is the year of the ox. You could do an ox with a blue ribbon or something along those lines. Just a couple of ideas. ;0) Fun thread!
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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