Another Wondeful Inspiration from A Friend

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Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 9/25/2009 5:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I received another inspirational email from a friend this morning. Thought it would be a good way to start the day. I hope you agree.

IT'S NOT WHAT YOU GATHER, BUT WHAT YOU SCATTER THAT TELLS WHAT KIND OF LIFE YOU HAVE LIVED.

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 9/25/2009 7:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, very wise and witty words.

I was told that the boy who dies with the most toys, wins? Not the case?

Just kidding. Don't even have any good fun toys any more, sobs. My sailboat is gone, my motorcycle is gone.

Hope you are feeling even better at home.

Brother David
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg & procedure? with uro/surg, IMRT starts 10/5/9


Sleepless09
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 9/25/2009 8:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Considering what I've been scattering since surgery during padless times, it looks like my life has been a pisser!

Back to work. The others in the management meeting think I'm checking a production hour report.

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9, so far, so good
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"  


Sonny3
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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2447
   Posted 9/25/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
David I am feeling really good. Felt good to sleep in my own bed and with my wife last night. Also I bit the bullet and went to bed without a pad based on my experience so far. Successful night, got that you gotta go feeling about 4am and had no problem getting up and making it there. Didn't even feel I had to rush. Man, I sure hope that everything continues this good.

Sheldon, I am so glad that I have recovered to the point that it does not hurt to laugh. You have knack for saying the things that just create the bell-rolls. Luckily I had just made the "john" trip before I sat down at the computer. It would have been a real good test of my ability to hold it.

Thanks guys,

Sonny
60 years old
PSA November 2007 3.0
PSA May 2009 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
<5%, 90%, 40%
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
CT Organ Scan - negative
Nuclear Bone Scan - Negative

Surgery done on September 17th by Dr. Menon, Vattikuti Urology Institute, Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 9/25/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, my original going dry time was about a month. I never used a bed pad, but did wear Depends pull ups for weeks at night only, for my mental well being, never did soil one. My wife said I worried too much about incontinence. You are becoming a true model of what can go right, instead of what can go wrong. You are a fortunate man, my friend. Keep it going, it gives hope to others following your footsteps.
Age: 57, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 7/08 12.3, 9/08 14.5, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 - 7/7 Positive, 40-90% Cancer, Gleason 4+3
Open RP: 11/08, Rht nerves saved, 4 days in hospt, on catheters for 63 days, 5th one out 1/09
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20%, Contained in capsule, 1 pos margin
2009 PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/09 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/09 cath #6 - blockage, 8/09 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 - out  38 days, 9/14/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., agreed to start radiation, mapping on 9/21/9, 9/24 - mtg & procedure? with uro/surg, IMRT starts 10/5/9


TeddyG
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Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 133
   Posted 9/25/2009 9:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny,
The first few weeks are unpredictable so be careful. There is no rush to prove you are dry. For all you know, you may sneeze after you snuggle and "spirt" , gosh darn, a wet spot. It does sound like it's going well though and best wishes to you and you snuggler.
Ted
Background:
Age 55, two teens, very fit cyclist (avg 2000+ miles per year) and weight, diet, etc. consistent with good habits. Stressful job as attorney; very supporting wife who is helping me through every stage of this war.
Stats:
2006 PSA - 1.5
2007 PSA - 2.3
2008 PSA - 5.3 (18 mos.)
2009 Jan. 20 - Biopsy 12 samples
        Feb 3 Dx 2/12 samples positive, low volume  (5% and 7-10%)
Gleason 3+4, later downgraded by second opinion at Johns-Hopkins to 3+3, but "it's still PCa" as my Doc said.
Laproscopic surgery April 9,  University of KY Medical Center, Lexington, 3 days in hospital, catheter removal April 21.
Pathology: clear margins, no cancer in prostate: told that this is very rare and Doc has only seen it in 3 out of over 1400 cases; I rearched the concept of "vanishing cancer" and found a tumor classification of tP0 and asked Doc if it applied to me. He said that it was unlikely because if a pathologist had done a much more detailed analysis of the tissue, he would likely find more foci somewhere, and biopsy found "needle in the haystack as opposed to the tip of the iceberg"; Nevertheless, it is a blessing;
Regardless of the science, my family says "miracle."
Now working w/ post-surgery issues....
 

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