Hi everyone, and thank you so much for your good wishes - very much appreciated by CJ and myself. It has been a little strange not being able to check in daily to HW with my internet down since the 22nd April to now - but I am really pleased with CJ's 3 year result, and after over 3 years (nearly 3.5 years) of checking in DAILY... to HW and this wonderful site.... I too, now have to take a break.
Since my husband can't use a computer in any way shape or form (He builds vintage cars and works with large machinery instead), for the last 3.5 years I have always logged in to read, and post here at HW – just to stay completely up-to-date with everything possible regarding Pca. I have always appreciated the information and support, and genuine mateship (albeit of a cyber nature) of the members and moderators here, who have accepted me so warmly on behalf of my husband, and also given me great support along the way which was something I really didn’t expect, but thank you all for. It really is an amazing community global service, and so well moderated and spam free. A complete credit to the dedication of the HW team in unison, and Peter W I feel. Being one to always put my money (or actions) where my mouth is (!) however, I have made a small donation to HW to say thanks. We have had a few drives (fund raising efforts for the HW site) from time to time.
I remember our wonderful moderator James C started one of these when I first joined, and it raised some funds for HW.
And.... this year, I will inevitably click over to a Veteran status too, but probably not for now. I seem to have “late on-set” information overload. On the other hand, as some members have pointed out recently, it is essential that people hear the good outcomes as well, and so I will not discontinue membership, and will stay in touch to update you all each six months or so. I am so grateful my husband has experienced a complete and total (it seems) recovery since that chilling news of his diagnosis with Pca (Gleeson 7 at biopsy), on 9th Dec, 2006 – his 49th birthday. More than for me, I am grateful my husband will see our young son grow through his teenage and adult years (He is now 10 yrs – was only 6 yrs when hubby diagnosed). I didn’t know that when I started to post here. I had no idea what the future would hold. I am also now well into my PhD research, and I have to focus elsewhere for next 2-3 years.
The prostate board was the first on-line or internet forum I had ever used. My decision to post here initially seeking support and information (that takes some courage in the first place as many wives would know!), turned out to be one of the best decisions of my life. You have all (new, regular and veteran posters) enabled me to survive my husband surviving Pca at a younger than average age, and I will be forever grateful to everyone who responded to any of my posts over that time as this has been my only form of support. I do not share it with others hardly ever. This is not a goodbye therefore. I hate goodbyes. It is more a “Take care and God Bless” until next time.
Kinds regards, and stay out o’ strife;
Lana (the almost Veteran wife!) xxoo
Creed_three (Lana) - with husband "CJ" now aged 52.5 yrs (49 years at diagnosis).