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Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 2/28/2009 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Many of you know I have wonderful friends in Alabama.  And many of you know the War Eagle and I are loving friends! 
Walt has received some disturbing news and I just wanted to spread the word.  He updated his blog today and I'll link it below and let you read it in his words.  I know him well, and I know he will be grateful for wells wishes, warm thoughts, and prayers for him and his wonderful wife Johnnie.  Walt came to us here in 2007 and brought such a beautiful warm personality.  He has cheered many of us up with his humor and faithfulness.  I haven't spoke to him today, but I probably will.  Ruth and I have had the blessings to meet him and Johnnie and stay in their home for a few days.  A beautiful home, a beautiful wife, and beautiful heart, and mostly a beautiful man....
Peace and the Lords love with you, Walter!
Tony & Ruthie
Age 46 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8 : Surgery at The City of Hope on February 16, 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  

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 2/28/2009 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Gee Tony, what a difference even a week made in his life. Sorry to read of it, but sounds like another brother deep in faith and moving ahead despite it all. That's encouraging to all the rest of us.

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

Roger G
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 150
   Posted 2/28/2009 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Your more than welcome up in Canada any time you want to come... the fish in really good.

Good Luck
Age: 43 (2008)
DRE Small Ridge on prostate, PSA 1.5
07/2007: Diagnosed cancer, T2c, Gleason 3+4=7
09/2007: Laparoscopic prostectomy @ Hamilton General, 4 hrs.
01/2008: Still working on ED.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 2/28/2009 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   


Your War Eagles whipped my Bulldogs this afternoon, and you are going to whip this, too. Stay positive, and know we all care deeply about you. You are in my prayers.

Bill in San Diego

Age 60 (59 when Dx) PSA 4.4
Biopsy 5/15/08 Gleason (3+3=6)
Bone scan and pelvic CT: clear
HT - 2 mo Casodex, 3 mo Trelstar
RRP Surgery 9/15/08 La Mesa California
Post-OP Gleason 3+4=7, Stage pT2c pN0 MX
Seminal vesicals, perineural margin, 18 lymph nodes, bladder neck: all carcinoma free
Perineural invasion & Distal Margin: Carcinoma present
IMRT adjuvant radiation (35 Treatments) End 1/27/09
PSA (10/13/08): <0.1

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Date Joined Feb 2008
Total Posts : 655
   Posted 2/28/2009 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Greetings, Walt and Johnnie.  We will continue to pray for you as you make important decisions.  I know you are making one good one and that is celebrating 30 years of marriage.  We just celebrated our 35th with a trip to Alaska that I planned while sitting in my recliner tied to a catheter post surgery.  I know that many of us are grateful for wives who play a huge part in our recoveries.  Hang in there. War Eagle! 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 Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 2/28/2009 10:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hang in there Walt

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

Doting Daughter
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 1064
   Posted 3/1/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
You have and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. You are always so generous with your well wishes and prayers for others. You continue to be such an inspiration and friend. I will be thinking of you and Johnnie during this time and wishing you peace and strength to make the tough decisions. I will also be holding on to hope for you that more treatment options are just around the corner. All the best to you and of course...WAR EAGLE!
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

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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1732
   Posted 3/1/2009 5:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Thoughts and prayers for a good fishing season this year Walt! Take care and be well.....


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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1464
   Posted 3/1/2009 6:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Walt,

You are a great inspiration because you know how to enjoy the good things in life. Keep on buddy...

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 + .04 cc Trimix = Excellent Results
PSAs from 1/3/07 - 7/17/08 0.00.
PSA on 1/28/09 - 0.02
Lung cancer dxed on 5/16/08. Surgery on 6/25/08 T1N1M0 - Stage IIA Finished 4 cycles of chemo on 11/7/08.
CT scans on 12/2/08 & 2/25/09 - in remission!!!
Next scan in May 09.
Biker90's Journey
Jim's Space
"Patience is essential, attitude is everything."

Ralph Alfalfa
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 469
   Posted 3/1/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Walt,

Keep the faith, sir.  It is the answer to your prayers.

Good luck with the walleye and the pike.


 Dx: October,27(the day after my birthday)
 Psa 14.5
 Gleason:(4+3) 7 T1c
 Bone scan:Negative
 Cat scan: Negative
 Biopsy: 4 of 12 positive, left side, pre-cancerous on the right.
 Confined to prostate.
 DaVinci scheduled for Jan. 19, 2009.Dr. Scott Montgomery, KC Urology,
Shawnee Mission Med. Center. Kansas

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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 637
   Posted 3/2/2009 5:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Walt,

Keep your wonderful attitude, and your admirable faith. My best to you and Johnnie.

"Eagles don't flock...You find them one at a time."

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

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Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 3/5/2009 12:49 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Walt & Johnnie,
Wishing you peace. Lana & CJ
Husband 51 yrs (49 years at diagnosis)
PSA (2002) 2.1.  PSA (2006) 3.5.  1 x (5%) core of 12 positive at biopsy. 11 cores negative. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7.   Undetectable PSA since Surgery (< 0.1) specifically,  
June 2007: 0.01; Oct 2007: 0.02; April 2008: 0.02: October 2008: 0.03: November, 2008 (repeat PSA with instructions to lab to calibrate carefully) = 0.02.

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