The Summoned Life

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   Posted 8/3/2010 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
This is slightly off topic, as it is not specifically about prostate cancer. But I think it will resonate with a lot us who have been diagnosed, as we find themselves leading not necessarily the life we planned. Like John Lennon said, life is what happens while you're busy making plans.

Dx Feb 2006, PSA 9 @age 43
RRP Apr 2006 - Gleason 3+4, T2c, NX MX, pos margins
PSA 5/06 <0.1, 8/06 0.2, 12/06 0.6, 1/07 0.7.
Salvage radiation (IMRT) total dose 70.2 Gy, Jan-Mar 2007@ age 44
PSA 6/07 0.1, 9/07 and thereafter <0.1

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   Posted 8/3/2010 9:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Very good article Galieo. The last paragraph sums it all up.
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 on 11/28/10
Starting IMRT on 1/18/10, Completed 39 tx at 70 gys on 3/12/10
6 week Post IMRT PSA .44 a drop from .5 but maybe more
Great family and friends

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   Posted 8/3/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   

Good article ... your right it resonates ... thanks for posting the link. Christiansen points to two types of life, the "Well-Planned-Life" and the "Summoned-Life". Based on his being a Rhodes Scholar he obviously thinks a lot deeper than me; however, I would like to offer a third (layman's?) Life, the "Lay-Say-Fair Life" .... a bit more of the opportunistic life .... one that takes no work or planning .... carpe diem ... one more to my liking.

Oh well, one more drink and I'll see if my latest PSA's have been posted.

PSA 2007 - 2.8
PSA 11/24/2008 - 7.6
Pc Dx 2/11/09; age at Dx 62
RLP 4/20/09
Biopsy -  Invasive moderately differentiated prostatic andenocarconoma; G 3+3=6; PT2C; No evidence of Seminal Vesicle or Extraprostatic Involvement; Margins clear; Tumor identified in sections from prostatic apex.
70 gram prostate.
Immediately continent after removal of cath.
ED - Trimix works well; viagra @ 70%
PSA - 7/31/09 <0.06
PSA - 12/1/09 <0.06
PSA - 3/29/10 <0.06

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   Posted 8/3/2010 11:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a friend who committed himself to work on a "capital improvement" project every day. This is different from house cleaning or maintenance. Capital improvement is something that makes his property or business better in the long run. It is doing something that adds to the value of his assets. Before he goes to bed at night he must do something positive. He's been doing this since we both graduated from university 36 years ago.
Along the way he taught his kids how to be creative and instilled work ethic into his truly wonderful family by example.

(I tried it for a couple of weeks but got distracted by maintenance, and sloth.)


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   Posted 8/4/2010 7:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Great article! This is one of the things I enjoy about this site is that every now and then someone brings up a thoughtful topic not necessarily directly related to PCa. And the observations and discussions are generally quite good. I suppose in my case I fall somewhere in between the two philosophies. I knew from the 8th grade that I wanted to be an engineer and design and build stuff. After graduation from college I more or less followed the "summoned" path but have had a great time doing it.

Although, as Jeff stated, I sometimes get overtaken by the other distractions of life.

Diagnosed 04/10/08 Age 58 at the time
Gleason 4 + 3
DRE palpable tumor on left side
100% of 12 cores positive for PCa range 35% to 85%
Bone scan clear and chest x ray clear
CT scan shows potential lymph node involvement in pelvic region
Started Casodex on May 2 and stopped on June 1, 2008
Two years on Lupron completed 01/2010.
Started IMRT/IGRT on July 10, 2008. 45 treatments scheduled
First 25 were full pelvic for a total dose of 45 Gray to lymph nodes.
Last 20 to prostate only. Total dose to prostate 81 Gray.
Completed IMRT/IGRT 09/11/08.
PSA 02/08 21.5 at diagnosis
PSA 07/08 .82 after 8 wks of hormones
PSA 10/08 .642 one month after completion of IMRT, 6 months hormone
PSA 03/09 .38 six months post radiation and nine months into hormones
PSA 06/09 .36 or .30 depending on who did the test
PSA 09/09 .33 one year after IMRT and 16 months into hormone
PSA 03/10 .32 18 months after IMRT Still on hormones
PSA 05/10 .42 Rising a little as the lupron wears off. Last lupron shot 01/10.
PSA 06/10 .322 Maybe the .42 reported in May was in error?
PSA 07/14/2010 0.1
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