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Purgatory
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   Posted 2/13/2009 6:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, tommorow is Valentine's day, but also 3 months to the day I had my open surgery.  Seems much longer.  Surgically, I feel very healed for this point.  I am doing well so far with the incontinence thing and remarkedly well on the ED front.  I have been out of work since the end of July, not counting some consulting work, etc. in between.  There's only so much I can fix around the house, and clean house and cook for the working wife.  So today, I started doing volunteer work at a combination nursing home/rehab center.  My motives aren't entirely pure, as a former very busy businessman (CFO), I really go crazy without having anything meaningful to do while looking for work.
 
I enjoyed it today, helped wheel a lot of wheelchair people about, helped with the lunches, played yatzee (a new one to me), and assisted where needed.  And yes, to do this, I had to be drug tested, TB tests, criminal background check, etc. just to work for free.
 
What does this have to do with PC?  Sometimes, the best way to help yourself, is to help someone else.  From making the rounds today, despite what I have been through with PC and other medical ailments, there are so many people so much worse shape than I. So many people suffering in unspeakable pain and suffering despite medical help, so many with families that don't even care enough to visit their own parents, etc.
 
It made me feel lousy for even complaning once about my own situation.  I plan to do this several times a week as I continue to look for employment.  It may help out the others there, but it certainly helps me as much.  Just thought I would share this.
 
David in SC
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


klondiker
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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
I know a man who is now very successful in his business and with his family. He described how he was once an alcoholic and suicidal. Someone convinced him to try helping someone else before he gave up on life. He did not think that he had anything to offer but decided to try and help people instead of use them. An amazing transformation took place he said, he outgrew the addictions , really enjoyed helping people who were floundering in life. His business began to flourish even though he gave most of his time away gratis. His family came back together because of his
newly learned ability to love.

His story told to me on a day long business trip was a very special thing. about four years later he developed early onset alzheimers and is on the receiving end of the loving relationships that he nurtured.

What goes around comes around can have a positive side..
Age - 55
2004 PSA 2.7
2008 PSA 5.8
Sept 2008 PSA 5.66
Oct 2008 PSA 6.67
Biopsy on 11/25/2008 cancer found in 10% of one core , gleason 3+3=6
open RRP done on 1/14/2008. Pathology showed 20% of prostate cancerous, gleason 3+3=6, contained in capsule
First post op PSA 2/10/09 - 0.07
As of 2/11/09 down to one or two pads per day


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/13/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
klondiker, that was a good story. thanks.
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


DoingFine
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   Posted 2/14/2009 6:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Great job David

I am certain everyone appreciates your help.

Cheers,
Rich
Age at dx: 51 Age now: 52
Great health: Riding bike 200+ miles weekly; no symptoms
First PSA: 4.7 March 2008 Second PSA: 4.97 June 2008
Biopsy June 2008 Positive 5 of 12 cores T1c, Gleason 3+3, Bone scan: 7 July negative
RRP surgery 3 Sept 2008 at the Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN, All clear
Catheter out 22 Sept 8:30 AM, catheter back in at 11:30, Catheter out 30 Sept (this time for good!)
Total continence, no erectile difficulties from day one (Cialis 10mg daily)
Back on bike 15 Oct. (42 days . . . with doc's approval)
Dec. 2 2008 psa Undetectable!


livinadream
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:02 AM (GMT -6)   
David, I think it is great you are out doing volunteer work regardless of the motive. Our hearts can be moved in a multitude of ways if we put ourselves in a position for it to happen as you have. I personally love hospital ministry and prison ministry, it keeps me focused and grounded and I hope in some small way I am able to bring a smile to someone else. You are doing great works my friend, please keep it up.

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
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
92%
80%
37%
28%
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:47 AM (GMT -6)   
Dale,
I did lots of hospital and nursing home visitation work years and years ago when I lived up in New England, and even did some Rescue Mission work in my Dallas, Tx years. Right now, its helping my own self esteem by do the little bit that I am. I was tired of feeling like a patient, in particular a cancer patient, and without any regular job to fill in my time and fill my head with facts/figures as before, it's a big help to me.

BTW, I don't know if it will be for a day, a week, or a month, but my ex-boss is going to use me again on some kind of consulting basis starting next Wednesday afternoon.

All my best to you, my brother.
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


rob2
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:56 AM (GMT -6)   
I applaude your effort! I am starting the day off feeling better after reading your post. After surgery, I made a pledge I was going to volunteer. After 9 months, I haven't lived up to that plege. I am within walking distance of the Texas Medical Center and I am going to call the hospital today. You have been throught a lot and I know groups need people like you.
 
Age 48
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
decision - surgery (robotic)
surgery may 9, 2008 - houston, tx
pathology report -gleason 8
margins clear
9 month  PSA <.04 (low as the machine will go)
continent at 10 weeks (no pads!)
ED is still an issue


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Rob, let's hope that one good deed begets another. I am sure that medical center could use you and a hundred others, keep me posted.
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


kcragman
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   Posted 2/14/2009 8:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory - awesome job!

To a small extent, I look at my volunteer coaching of rec league soccer as community service work. I can't really say "work" because I enjoy it so much. My wife keeps reminding me that there is a lot more going on within a girls' team than just the soccer. I'm creating another - and sometimes more accepting - group of friends for them, giving them a chance to be on a team which most of them will never experience in high school around here, giving them a low-pressure fun way to get some exercise, and oh yeah, we play soccer too.

What you are doing is a great reflection of you. Unfortunately, what you had to go thru just "to work for free" is a not-so-happy reflection of our society. I am glad you persevered and made it thru the gauntlet.

Keep up the good work!
kcragman
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.
Feb 2009: PSA at 9 months was undetectable.


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/14/2009 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, kcragman

what you are doing would be very fulfilling too, and has a good social cause for sure. each of us has our own way of reaching out. you have gone through your own battle too here, brother, but with all your zeros, you are looking good, hope you stay that way.

its funny, despite my medical events, i don't feel like cancer(s) have ever stopped me from working, i was out of work shortly before the pc dx, what i feel, is the age bias starting work in place. at 56, with almost 30 years of experience, there are too many people in their late 30s to mid 40s that can do what I can do. it's a silent kind of prejiduce, but still hits you the same way as any other.

david
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 2/14/2009 10:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe that the most valuable work one will ever do in their lives is volunteer work. I am active in my community as well. The group I love to be with the most runs a soup line in the innercity here in Las Vegas. When I joined them with friends from my church, we would see 200 to 300 in the lines awaiting our arrival. Unfortunately with todays economic conditions here it is more like 400 to 500. Couple that with less donations and you get the picture. I am saddened to see anyone there, but when I see their gratitude in their eyes, I know I have to return. We now see people driving up. They have spent theri las dimes on paying their inflated mortgages and they show up quite hungary. When we run low on food, we find ourselves reaching into our pockets to help buy more.

This thread touches my heart. Thanks David.

Tony
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 15, 2007
Geason 4+3=7, Stage pT3b, N0, Mx
Positive Margins (PM), Extra Prostatic Extension (EPE) : Bilateral Seminal vesicle invasion (SVI)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg (2 Year ADT)
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
Current PSA (January 13, 2009): <0.1
 
My Journal is at Tony's Blog  
 
STAY POSITIVE!


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/14/2009 11:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, it sickens me to think we live in a country that has so much for so many, yet there is this increasing army of homeless, sick, and hungry. There is no excuse (staying politically neutral here) in anyone going hungry or sleeping under an underpass in this country.

The food pantries here ,the soup kitchens, local rescue missions, like yours, are quickly running out, yet the lines grow longer.

When I was young and single, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I knew first hand what it was like to sleep in the backseat of a $200 used VW bug, eat every other day, etc, back when the unemployment rate was over 20% in places. I think sometimes, to truly understand suffering and the needy, you have to have been there.

Glad you have your way to reach out, wishing you only the best, my brother.

David in SC
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/16/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, today is President's Day, no banks or post office or stock market, not much I can do at home, so off to the rehab center and will probably spend most of the day there on the volunteer stuff. Might even get to play bingo this afternoon, its a big thing there, some of the patients/residents act like big Las vegas gamblers, its kind of fun to watch. Even under their circumstances, its amazing to see the level of dignity people hold onto, and even the smallest of quality of life issues bear so much weight.
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


divo
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   Posted 2/16/2009 5:28 PM (GMT -6)   
David...what a great thread, and you are certainly doing (dare I say..God's work)....sorry if I offended anyone....but that is what I think. In helping others we really enrich our own lives.... We have a therapy dog, and I take him to nursing homes....He goes up to the Alzheimer's patients and they smile and pat him and then talk about their former dogs...It is quite amazing to see a smile all of a sudden light up a sad face... He also does "Paws for Reading" at the local first grade. He sits with the little kids while they are learning to read... This yellow lab dog was a rescue. He was a breeder dog in a puppy mill and was in a cage for years....Now he is so grateful to be free to walk around and be loved that he is our "little angel in a fur coat" He has brought such joy to our family. 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
Hip replacement total success..pain gone!!
PSA .7 2/10/09


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/16/2009 6:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Diane, that is wonderful about the therapy dog. At the rehab clinic, there is a miniature poodle, and a chihuahua, both very passive and friendly that make regular rounds, I love seeing them. There is a friendly outside cat, for those residents that can sit out in the courtyard in good weather. I think its great therapy.

Now that some of the residents are starting to see me often, they now associate me with the fact that my wife is a sr. nurse there, and they all sing her praises, which makes me feel good.

My very best to Pete
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


down not out
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   Posted 2/16/2009 7:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello to all; I volunteer at a dog rescue, when I was laid up I really missed the walking I did with the dogs, it's a small thing but important to me.
Another aspect of the whole experiance is a deeper appreciation for what others go through everyday of their lives. I had a catheter in for 2 weeks and hated every second of it. I know there are people who live with one 24/7, and many many things much worst.
All the friends and family that kept in touch from day one, would I have been as attentive to anothers needs?
I guess maybe the last 3 months have been a learning experiance...maybe a good thing.
Later.

Purgatory
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   Posted 2/16/2009 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
down me out, you bring up a good point. your dog rescue work, that as good a cause as any other. the one thing i see every day, is that no matter how bad i think i am, or sorry i might feel for myself, i run across those that are so much worse off, and often they never complain or gripe. i really do believe that it rains on the the just and the unjust equally. my best to you brother.
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


kcragman
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   Posted 2/22/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Down Not Out - Just a note about rescue dogs:

We are on our 2nd rescued retired racing greyhound. These are magnificent animals - they are the most quiet, gentle large dog you can have. Yes, they like to run 40 mph for about 45 seconds a day, and the rest of the time they would prefer to be laying down. (They don't usually make good watch dogs.) The last stats I heard were that about 14,000 greyhounds are put down each year, and about the same number are rescued. Their life is - born & raised in a cage until 18 months, then they get 3 races. If they don't win, place or show in any of the races they are put down. If they DO, they race until they don't make money anymore - then they are put down.

They are a bit of a struggle at first because they are COMPLETELY unfamiliar with residential life. They only know cage-truck-track, and track-truck-cage. But they are really sweet dogs who deserve a bit of a retirement after a sometimes brutal life. If anybody is thinking about getting a dog, I would recommend checking out a rescue greyhound. (The only down side is that trying to give them a hug is like hugging a bag of bones - they ARE totally ripped athletes when they arrive.)

End of public service announcement -
kcragman
Age: 53; 52 at DX
March 2006: PSA 2.5
Dec 2007: PSA taken for insurance application. I did not see the results until late
Jan '08 - after I was rejected. Their lab said PSA 4.5.
Feb 2008: PSA 3.7.
March 2008: Biopsy. Gleason 7 (4+3) 12 cores taken. 5 on the left side were
cancerous and the 6th was suspect.
May 5, 2008: Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy at GW Hospital, Washington DC.

Post op: Gleason 9 (4+5). 15% of prostate involved. Stage: pT3a. Negative margins. Lymph node and nerve samples taken, and appeared to be cancer free.

July 2008: PSA at 7 weeks was undetectable.
August 2008: PSA at 14 weeks (3 months) was undetectable.
Nov 2008: PSA at 6 months was undetectable.
Feb 2009: PSA at 9 months was undetectable.


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
kcragman,
well aware of the greyhound rescue leagues. a few years ago, my wife and I adopted one. really makes you wonder what they do to those poor dogs. i have never seen a more frightened, neurotic animal in my life. the dog would almost refuse to come out of the cage except to go to the bathroom. if you let it, would be content to spend 23 hrs a day in the cage. it developed a severe gum disease problem, that got beyond our able to able the expenses, they said it had to do with how the race dogs were fed and it was common, but it would fill the house or car with the smell of rotted flesh. in the end, we returned the dog to the greyhound people, as we were unable to afford anymore of its medical bills. if it were up to me, the sport would be banned, not a whole lot different in my eyes then cock fighting, or dog fighting, both illegal but popular here in SC.

david in sc
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 


Lungman
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
purgatory, thanks for such a great post. I have flirted with the idea of doing volunteer work and after reading this I am making a call to Habitat for Humanity this morning. It is something I have wanted to do but never got around to it, but your post has inspired me to take action. I am a Respiratory Therapist and take great pride in helping those in need, even if it is not my job, I try to give 110% to the patients/families I am with, and can say that after my PC, I enjoy my work even more, and find great comfort in being able to empathize with them. Thank You

Randy
46 you when diagnosed, now 48
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
One Year PSA 0.01
Incontinence resolved 9/15/2007, one day after cath removal
ED showing significant improvement.
Occasional Success with Oral Meds
Success with BiMix


Sephie
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
David, good for you! I work for a children's charity in the northern burbs outside New York City. My organization helps families in the metro NY area whose child has been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. We provide both financial and emotional support to these families, including bereavement counselling when needed. What my husband and I have been through is almost trivial compared to what these children and their families face each and every day. It's good to have our own troubles put into perspective. As the saying goes, "there but for the grace of God go I."

This is not to say that your own troubles are insignificant - they are not. But, it takes strength to reach beyond yourself to help others during personal times of trouble. Keep up the good work - good for the mind, good for the soul.
Husband diagnosed in February 2008 (age 57). Cancer discovered during routine annual physical. Clinical Stage T1c, Gleason 7 (3+4), with 2 out of 10 cores testing positive. Perineural invasion identified on biopsy. DRE was negative.

Robotic surgery in March 2008. Pathological stage upgraded to T3a, Gleason still 7 (3+4). Miniscule invasion into prostate capsule but no cancer found outside capsule (surgical margins and seminal vesicles were clean).

1st PSA 3 weeks post op: 0.1; 2nd PSA 7 weeks post op: 0.0. PSA remains at 0.0, and will continue to be checked every 3 months for the first 2 years due to capsular penetration.

Currently on Vesicare to control frequency of urination and on Viagara for ED issues. Recuperation from surgery was uneventful.


Purgatory
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   Posted 2/23/2009 8:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Randy, the work you do for a living would have be rewarding in itself, just as my wife as a Nurse. Habitat for Humanity is a great cause, I am real interested in the group here, recently applied to be its Financial Director locally.

Sephie - what you do is great work also.

There are countless ways to help others, and it does take your mind off your own troubles, and no matter how depressed I get, everyday, I am among people much worse off in every possible way. It kind of acts as a check and balance system with my emotional state. I don't think it matters what you do, but anything you do for others, is a step in the right direction of showing our humanity.

I am pleased what has started out as a simple post, has now motivated a few of you, and perhaps a few others are thinking in that direction, you never know. It all started with me having way too much time on my hands, tending to over magnify my own problems, fighting mental boredom. While the volunteer work I am doing is almost completely mindless to what I normally do for a living, I enjoy the change, I like seeing the little smiles and glimmers of excitement because this goofy man (me) is pushing people down halls in wheelchairs to go play bingo or to watch a movie. It's something at least, and I get some exercise I would probably be avoiding, so its a win win.

I could think of some appropriate scripture to end this with, but I know it wouldn't be allowed.

David in SC
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, Right nerves saved, 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 .05
 
 

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