Veterens Day in the USA: A salute to all my brother Vets here at HW Prostate Cancer

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Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
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   Posted 11/11/2009 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I would like to give a heart felt salute to all my Vet Brothers here, regardless of what branch of the service you served.  I know there are a quite a few of us here.  I know we cover the periods of several wars.
 
Even though I got out some 37 years ago, I still remember my brothers in arms that didn't make it home alive.  I remember seeing the Viet Nam Memorial in DC some 20 years ago, all 3 of my kids young and not understanding why they saw their father crying for the first time in their lives.  It was hard to walk the whole distance of the Wall, but I did.
 
Might sound odd, but I don't ever want to see it again.  I paid my respect to the souls of some 55,000 plus.
 
We need to remember all our vets, the ones serving now in unpleasant wars.
 
Salute.
 
David in SC


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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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60Michael
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Date Joined Jan 2009
Total Posts : 2222
   Posted 11/11/2009 8:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Let me second that David and my salute to all the brave people on this forum who have their own battles to fight.
Michael
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive
59 yo when diagnosed
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
Margins not involved
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
8/5 1 depend at night only
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Great family
Michael


English Alf
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 2215
   Posted 11/11/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -6)   
 
Remembering those that came home and those that did not.
 
                                         From "For The Fallen"
 
                        "They shall grow not old as we that are left grow old:
                           Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                               At the going down of the sun and in the morning
                                   We will remember them"
                                                                            by Laurence Binyon
 
I don't mind going off message today. My Father was, for a while, a doctor in the British Army and served with the 55th Division on the Western Front in France during the First World War. And on that very first "11th of November" in 1918 he was there. He had stopped with some of the men on a cold muddy road near Ath in Belgium to have something to eat when at about noon his General rode up on horseback to tell them that the Germans had agreed to the Armistice.
He wrote in a letter to my grandmother, which I have before me, that they all took it rather quietly. His brother was also an Army Doctor in WW1. My maternal grandfather was in the Army from about 1885 till 1918, and my mother's brothers were all soldiers and served in WW2.
 
Alfred
(And yes I do mean my father and not my grandfather! He was rather old when I was born and lived till he was 95, so I'm counting on many more years yet.)
 
 

Age at Dx 48         No Family history  of Prostate Cancer

Married 25 years, and I cannot thank my wife enough for her support.

April 2009: PSA 8.6  DRE: negative. Tumour in 2 out of 12 cores. Gleason 3+3.

RALP (nerve-sparing) at AVL-NKI Hospital Amsterdam on 29th July 2009. Stay 1 night.

Partial erections on 1st and 2nd Aug 2009, Catheter out on 6th Aug 2009. 

Dry at night, but wearing pads 24/7

Post-op Gleason 3+4. Tumour mainly in left near neck of bladder.

Left Seminal Vesicle invaded, (=T3b!)

no perineraul invasion, no vascular invasion. clear margins,

Erection 100% on 15th Aug 2009   Stopped wearing pads on 21st Sept 2009

Pre-op style intercourse on 24th Oct 2009 !! No use of tablets, jabs, VED etc.

 


defender3
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 98
   Posted 11/11/2009 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate you acknowledging our brave men and women in uniform and those who are and who have served, and of course, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in support of our freedoms. I'm continually humbled by the heroic stories of our forces and what they can accompsh. May God continue to Bless our forces and the USA!



Continuing the off topic nature of the thread, here's a site for those who have served or are serving that allows you to make a pretty cool signature picture. Mine is below, 27yrs USAF Security Forces.



http://militarysignatures.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1



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pa69
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/11/2009 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Several years ago my wife and I visited the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor. It was a very sobering experience I'll never forget.

Bob
Age 70, First ever PSA 7.8 taken June 2008, Biopsy July 2008, 10 of 12 cores positive, Gleason 3+3=6
da Vinci surgery December 10, 2008, catheter removed December 29 2008
St. Lukes Hospital, Bethlehem, Pa.
Dr. Frank Tamarkin
Prostate weight 73.0 grams, Gleason 3+3=6, stage pT3a
Tumor locations: right anterior apex, right posterior apex to mid
left anterior mid to base, left posterior apex to mid
extensive perineural invasion in right anterior apex, right and left posterior apex to mid
seminal vesicles negative
Four PSA tests undetectable, latest Oct 30


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 11/11/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Bob, I got to see that too when I was stationed at Barbers Point NAS way back when. It's an amazing sight for sure
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place


clearwatercowboy
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Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 11/12/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory David in SC,

Thanks for the posted thread. I too visited the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Wash. D.C., some years ago, and my younger friends who attended it with me were shocked to see me lose it and shed those tears as I found the names of friends that I served with and as a Hospital Corpsman in the US Navy, provided medical care to during that horrible period of time in our country's history. I returned to the Wall 2 days later, by myself, and it was a soulful, meaningful journey that day.

For those that have PCa, and exposed to the chemical agents that Vietnam presented, make sure that you seek counseling from the VA. YOu might be intitled to at least some benefits that are there waiting for you.
RRP May 04, 2009
Pre-op Gleason 6
Post-op Gleason 7


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25380
   Posted 11/12/2009 11:42 AM (GMT -6)   
I and some others here have filed claims for that reason, still awaiting outcomes. Corpsman, bet you saw a lot and did a lot you still dont want to talk about.

David in SC
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% cancer, 1 pos margin
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Latest: 7/9 met 2 rad. oncl, 7/9 cath #6 - blockage, 8/9 2nd corr surgery, 8/9 cath #7 out  38 days, 9/9 - met 3rd rad. oncl., mapped  9/9, 10/1 - 3rd corr. surgery - SP cath/hard dialation, 10/5 - began IMRT SRT - 39 sess/72 gys cath #8 33 days, 11/2- SP Cath #9 in place

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