The Bluebird of Happines has bestowed blessings on us once again

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   Posted 4/15/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
I know you guys are getting tired of my good fortune and positive side, but once again we were blessed today.

In my update post the other day I mentioned that my new Medical Oncologist wanted to do a bone scan with a more thorough, more accurate and MORE EXPENSIVE form of PET Scan. He said it would be of course dependent on approval of my insurance company.

The Dr.s office just called and said they contacted the Ins. Co. and that with my plan there is no pre-approval necessary. Seems I have one of the best policies the docs folks have encountered.

If you gotta have this CARP, it is at least comforting to be continually blessed with the little side benefits of life.

I mean really. First they call and say not a problem; Contacted the VA today and they tell me that all has been done and the file has been "Deemed Ready to Go to Approval"; and yesterday we discovered that claiming all of our medical for the last year brought us a windfall that will pay for my diesel fuel for the next year's worth of traveling.

Okay, I know, I have prostate cancer and I am facing the prospect of HT and all of the associated side effects. And who knows what my wife is facing in her battles.

But we still continued to be blessed and remain firmly entrenched in the belief that;


I can't imagine facing all that we are and have to worry about insurances and finances too. So thank you all for your continued prayers and blessings. Lynn and I are certainly feeling blessed.

Love you folks,

60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun

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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 4/15/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, you too have certainly had some good news spread among the bad ,glad to hear of your VA Claim, I haven't heard anything now for about 2 months, about to go to my local VA office and see if they can get me an update. Haven't had any negative news on the claim, just no news now at this point.
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, no problem post SRT
Post Surgery  PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04
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 - 11/27 IMRT SRT 39 sess/72 gys ,cath #8 33 days, Cath #9 35 days, 12/7 - Cath #10 43 days, 1/19 - Corr Surgery #4,  Caths #11 and #12  same time, 2/8-Cath #11 out - 21 days, 3/2- Cath #12 out - 41 days, 3/2- Corr Surgery #5, 3/6 Cath #13 out - 4 days, Cath #14 out - 27 days, Cath #15 - 3/29

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   Posted 4/15/2010 2:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny and Lynn

- it is so wonderful and encouraging to hear good news on this site - whether it is actual PCa stuff or related elements in life


''nuff said

Age: 54 - gay - with common-law spouse of 13 years, Steve - 60
PSA: 04/2007- 1.68 - 08/2009 - 3.46 - 10/2009 - 3.86
Confirmation of Prostate Cancer: October 16, 2009 - 6 of 12 cancerous samples , Gleason 7 (4+3)
Doctor: Dr. Mohamed Elharram -Urologist / Surgeon - Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Radical Prostatectomy Operation: November 18, 2009 , home - November 21, 2009
Post Surgery Biopsy: pT3a- gleason 7 - extraprostatic extension - perineural invasion - prostate weight - 34.1gm -
ED Prescription: Jan 8/2010 - started daily 5mg cialis - girth back to normal -but not much length - will go for trimix in April when I see doc
Incontinence: Feb 2010- 3-5 pads/1-2 clothes changes/day- March 3, 2010 - week 14 after surgery -finally seeing improvement - March 29- incontinence better - 1-2 pads a day - one pad at night
location: Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
Post Surgery-PSA: - April 8, 2010 - 0.05 - I am in the ZERO CLUB - hooorah!

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   Posted 4/15/2010 3:28 PM (GMT -6)   
What Bronson said...glad to hear some good news.

How is Lynn doing?

As for blessings, blessing is what blessing does - and you have blessed many of us just by being part of this "family."
Husband diagnosed in 2/2008 at age 57 with stage T1c. Robotic surgery performed 3/2008. Stage upgraded to T3a (solitary focus of extraprostatic extension). Perineural tumor infiltration present. Apex margin, bladder neck and SVs negative. Final Gleason 3+4. PSA: 0.0 til July 2009. August 2009 - 0.1, September 0.3, October back to 0.0, December 0.0, March 2010 0.0. Next PSA in 6 months. Thank you God!

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   Posted 4/15/2010 3:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Great news Sonny. Nice to have a few less things to worry about.
Dx with PC Dec 2008 at 56, PSA 3.4, Biopsy: T1c, Geason 7 (3+4)

Robotic Surgery March 2009 Hartford Hospital, Dr Wagner
Pathology Report: T2c, Geason 8, organ confined, negitive margins, lymph nodes negitive
nerves spared, no negitive side effects of surgery

One night in hospital, back to work in 3 weeks

psa Junl 09 <.01
psa Oct 09 <.01
psa Jan 10 .07 re-test one week later .05
psa Mar 10 .28 re-test two weeks later .31

Regular Member

Date Joined Dec 2009
Total Posts : 348
   Posted 4/15/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Your a breath of fresh air mate.
I raise a cup of tea to you and Lynn

Age 51
PSA 5.5  june 09
biopsy july 09 gleason 3+3 = 6   5% and 50% in 2 of 12 cores
robotic prostatectomy nov 7 prostate weight 45gm
path report due 8 jan 10
post op psa 22/12/09, 0.04
no incontinence after 7 days
total ed


James C.
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   Posted 4/15/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, thanks for good news from you corner. Hopefully there will be more along the way...
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, Recheck after 4 weeks Cipro-6.7
7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% invloved, left lobe, GS3+3=6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, 110gms, Path Report- Stg. pT2c, 10 gms., margins clear
32 Months: PSA's .04 each test since surgery, ED continues: Bimix- .3ml PRN, Trimix- .15ml PRN

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   Posted 4/15/2010 8:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Good to hear all of the good news today Sonny, the tax write off and all. You also continue to bless each of us with your posts on this forum. Hope to see you traveling up thru Georgia soon.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09 Atlanta, Ga
Catheter out after 10 days
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
 started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4, 6 1/2 month psa.5
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 72 gys on 3/12/10
Great family and friends

Regular Member

Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 135
   Posted 4/16/2010 12:37 AM (GMT -6)   
Well, that is good news, and darned happy to finally get some of that type of news coming out of the Orlando, FL area.  I suspected that the VA would come through for you, and now your own insurance will provide you with the coverage that you so richly deserve.
This past year's medical expenses for us was only the second time that we actually were able to utilize it for benefits of the dreaded IRS filing. Prior to that, it was the strokes that I survived that did the same thing.  darned shame that we have to go through what we have gone through in 2009 in order to keep from shoveling more money to Uncle Sam's mess in Washington, D.C.
Thanks for being so positive for so many of us out here in the PCa world. Your encouragement, despite you medical situation, is uplifting for so many of us that communicate on this forum.
Jeannie and I look so forward to seeing that big old bus rolling up our road sometime this spring or summer.
May God Bless you and Lynn,
RRP May 04, 2009
Pre-op Gleason 6
Post-op Gleason 7

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   Posted 4/16/2010 9:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you all for the positive responses and continued well wishes.

I have decided to build a custom and permanent birdhouse in the front yard in hopes that the Bluebird of Happiness will take up permanent residence.

60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
Diagnosis confirmed July 9, 2009
12 Needle Biopsy = 9 clear , 3 postive
Gleason Score (3+4) 7 in all positive cores
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy

2/24/10 FIRST POST RAD PSA 1.0---CARRRP --waiting for the next test.
3/22/10 Second Post RAD PSA 1.5 Dammmmnnn stubborn son of a gun

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 4/16/2010 8:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Bluebirds are amazing, Sonny.

I am very happy to hear of your good fortunes. This is such great news. There seems to be a trend of Bluebirds that have blessed this website...I can think of one in particular myself...(This has to include a hello to Lee, Buddy, and Murphy, too)

Peace to you my friend!

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 47 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

LARP ~ 2/17/2007 at the City of Hope near Los Angeles.
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.

"I beat up this disease and took its lunch money! I am in remission."
I am currently not being treated, but I do have regular oncology visits.
I am the president of an UsTOO chapter in Las Vegas

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