2nd Thanksgiving at HW

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Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 11/26/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
This is my second Thanksgiving that I have been at HW.  Just wanted to give a special thanks to Peter, whose ownership and dedicaiton to Healing Well is amazing.  When you consider all the disease specific helps and forumns, it covers a lot of ground and helps so very many people.  Thank you, Peter for making this both free and available to all of us.
 
At the HW Prostate Cancer level, I want to thank each and every Moderator we have here.  I know its a tough job at times, and that you have to make tough decisions sometimes, and at other times, you can't speak everything you are thinking because of the responsibility of your position.  I for one, appreciate what you do for us in order to keep the spammers and snake oil peddlers away, and  to help break up disputes when we act like a pack of school girls at times.
 
And thanks to each and every PC brother here, and to our dear sisters too.  We are all diffferent, we think and feel different, we react different, but despite that, we are united as brothers of the prostate cancer, and we all need to continue to work hard to beat and defeat the real enemy:  Prostate Cancer.
 
Each person here contributes greatly in their own way.  Every experience is difference, just how it is with PC.
 
Wishing each and all, a very happy Thanksgiving day, and that extends to all our brothers everywhere outside the US as well.
 
David in South Carolina
 
 
 
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
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


zufus
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 11/26/2009 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Best to Peter and the mod squad whom have been most reasonable in allowing all points of view to enter herein and letting patients semi private/private(lol) information and questions become open to others. Alot of journeys herein, nobody volunteered to be here (presumeably).

Best to you David (Purg), I also jumped in here last time around this period. You have me outnumbered in posts (just kidding around...on that). I bet you never would have guessed up front the amount of trials and tribulations (thus far) this journey would take you????? No doubt you are fighting this dragon and hope you do well or conquer it, as that is everyones best scenario and wish.

Cajun Jeff
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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 4088
   Posted 11/26/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks to each and every one of you for helping us get through this PC stuff.

Jeff T
Cajun Country
Jeff T Age 57

9/08 PSA 5.4, referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3/4=7
10/08 Nerve sparing open RRP- Path Report: GS 3+3=7 Stg. pT2c, margins clear
3 mts: PSA .05 undetectable

10th month PSA <0.01
1year psa <0.01
ED- 5 mg Cialis daily, pump daily, going to try MUSE next. Next step injections.


Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 11/26/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Bro. Zufas,

You are quite right, would never have dreamed since just last Thanksgiving, that after my surgery, I would still be with a catheter a full year later, and needing another 3 corrective surgeries, and having needed to go through 39 rounds of radiation. Already, for me, the beast has been brutal, I think looking back, I underestimated its vile and crafty ways.

I have learned a lot of stuff from your posts over time. My quantity of posts only equates to the fact that I have endless amounts of time on my hand being unemployed long term and the fact that writing is my natural medium.

Best to you
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
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


livinadream
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 1382
   Posted 11/26/2009 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
David we are all glad you are here on HW. this place is good however with folks like you it becomes great. This is my 2nd Thanksgiving on HW as well but I am a few thousand responses behind you.
There have been many days when i was down and I would stop by HW just to see if anything new posted and I always found a reason to feel better.
This is truly a Thanksgiving knowing that all of our friends here on this forum are alive and living and dreaming and hoping of greater things to come.


love you all
Dale
My PSA at diagnosis was 16.3
age 47 (current)

http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/dalechildress

My gleason score from prostate was 4+5=9 and from the lymph nodes (3 positive) 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 .016
PSA Mar 30th, 2009 is .02
PSA July 28th 2009 is .01
PSA OCt 15th 2009 is .11

Testosterone keeps rising, the current number is 156, up from 57 in May

T level dropped to 37 Mar 30th, 2009
cancer in 4 of 6 cores
92%
80%
37%
28%


pa69
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 11/27/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
This is my first Thanksgiving at HW. I came online in Jan 2009 and visit the forum most every day. I'm not much of a writer so I don't contribute as much as I would like to. That, plus I work a 50 hr. week and do volunteer work for our local fire company (not a fireman).

Enough making excuses.

Belated Thanksgiving to all. I have learned so much from this forum over the past year. For that I am thankful.

Best wishes to all,
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
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 11/27/2009 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Dales, thanks for your journey, and Bob, you are doing just fine.
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
Incontinence:  1 Month     ED:  Non issue at any point post surgery
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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