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BillyMac
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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Can't wait till Wednesday. I have been absolutely flat out lately with tight deadlines to meet and this year I am feeling it. Just completed and installed a 40 sq ft stained glass window in a local Catholic high school (donated by a family in memory of their young son, sadly killed in a car accident). It turned out very well but I must be getting old because climbing up and down ladders constantly for a couple of weeks really took it out of me this time. Two other windows of 9 sq ft each for the city's Catholic Cathedral are finished but installation has been delayed so I am pulling the plug early this year. Three months off will do very nicely thank you. My brother (14 months younger) and I are off to the tropic of Capricorn and other points in north Queensland for a month or so. He has a very nice RV so we'll grab the rods, crab pots, golf clubs, etc and be nomads living off the land for a while. I've told my brother he can set the pots while I beat off the crocodiles. Both wives alas, smilewinkgrin will be staying at home guarding the respective forts while we are away. But I have to be back on the 5th of December for my 40th wedding anniversary (my oh my,where did all those years go?). And to top the year off my son has just informed me I am to become a grandfather for the very first time next June. Despite all its trials and tribulations, life sure can be grand. Of course I'll take the laptop so I can keep track of you blokes.
Bill

Radical
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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:50 AM (GMT -6)   
Good on ya Bill, have a great time mate, we have got some great golf courses up here, and some bloody big mud crabs too. You may even get onto a couple of Barra. Good Luck and enjoy your trip..................Rgds Kev
Age 52yrs [Gold Coast Qld, Australia]
6 out of 8 cores positive 3 X 60% / 3 X 10%
PSA 4 Gleason Score 3+4=7 Stage T1c
RP 24/12/08
Upgrade Gleason Score 4+3=7 Gleason Differential 60%/40%
Stage T2c Three small foci total volume <10%
Neg Margins and Nodes
Nil - EPE
Dry less than 1 week. ED- okay with Meds.
PSA at 18mths no change remains 0.03
"Everday in Everyway, I get better"

An38
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   Posted 11/7/2010 2:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Wow Billy, it sounds like a holiday to remember! Enjoy it and since you are taking your laptop with you, let us know how it goes.

Best wishes and keep away from those crocs,
An
Husband's age: 52. Sydney Australia.
Family history: Mat. grandfather died of PC at 72. Mat. uncle died of PC at 60. He has hereditary PC.
PSA: Aug07 - 2.5|Feb08 - 1.7|Oct09 - 3.67 (free PSA 27%)|Feb10 - 4.03 (free PSA 31%) |Jun10 - 2.69. DRE normal.
Biopsy 28Apr10: negative for a diagnosis of PC however 3 focal ASAPs “atypical, suspicious but not diagnostic” for PC. Review of biopsy by experienced pathologist, 1/12 core: 10% 3+3 (left transitional), 1/12 core: ASAP (left apex)
Nerve sparing RP, 20Aug10 with Dr Stricker. Post-op path: 3+4 (ISUP 2005). Neg margins, seminal vesicles, extraprostatic extension. Multifocal, with involvement in the peripheral, apex, fibro-muscular and transitional zones.
Post RP PSA, Sep10 – 0.02

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 11/7/2010 6:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Billy, What a great new event. We will now call you gramps! Enjoy the trip and relaxation.

Cajun Jeff
9/08 PSA 5.4 referred to Urologist
9/08 Biopsy: GS 3+4=7 1 positive core in 12 1% cancer core
10/08 Nerve-Sparing open radicalSurgery Path Report Downgrade 3+3=6 GS Stage pT2c margins clea
r3 month: PSA <0.1
19th month: PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED

tatt2man
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   Posted 11/7/2010 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Great news all around Billy - all the best!!
BRONSON
Age: 55 -gay with spouse, Steve - live in Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/2009 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/2009- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/2009
Pathology: pT3a- gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
Post Surgery-PSA: April 8, 2010 - 0.05 -I am in the ZERO CLUB
Sept 23, 2010 -0.05 - again -hoorah !

60Michael
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   Posted 11/7/2010 8:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Billy,
You have been a busy man and now a grandchild. Life is good and enjoy that trip with your brother. Just make sure that you back in time for the 40th anniversary so that can can be a 41st.
Michael

Jerry1
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 460
   Posted 11/7/2010 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
Billy,
 
Sounds like an exciting trip have a great time!  Congrats on your 40th Anniversary and the new grandchild.
 
Jerry1

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 11/7/2010 9:30 AM (GMT -6)   
billy, i am so happy for my down under friend. you need this holiday, if you can fight off PC, you can fight off a few of those adorable crocs.
i would love to see some pics of the big window you just installed, my email is here at hw. enjoy yourseslf

david in sc
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos marg
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06 11/10 Not taking it
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/23/10

BillyMac
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   Posted 11/7/2010 4:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Many thanks for the well wishes fellas. I tried to tell my wife that the 40th wedding anniversary present is paper but unfortunately she's not having it. She is making noises about rubies being appropriate shocked

David,
I've got my son doing the photos so I'll email them when they're done. It's actually tricky getting good photos of stained glass windows ------ the different colour glasses photograph differently so there's a bit of playing about to get them right

Kev,
I am particularly looking forward to those big "muddies"

An,
I remember this story well
www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2008/10/01/2379716.htm?site=farnorth

Bronson,
I meant to ask before about a photo you sent ------- were they all puppets in your studio?
Bill

Post Edited (BillyMac) : 11/7/2010 2:30:36 PM (GMT-7)


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 11/7/2010 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill,
Have a great time. We'll see ya checking in, but have a few mulligans on us!

Peace to you always...

Tony
Disease:
Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Treatments:
RALP ~ 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.

Status:
"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

Blog : www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

142
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Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 7084
   Posted 11/7/2010 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy,
 
Sounds like a good time. I may be in your part of the world in the next few months - I'll check in when I know.
 
The book I need to send was way too big to email - am experimenting with adobe to make an e-mail friendly version. I did not forget you.
 
Enjoy the break! Tell the wife she can buy whatever she wants with that paper bank note shocked

goodlife
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Total Posts : 2692
   Posted 11/7/2010 9:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy,

Sounds like too much fun. Why don't you set up a blog or facebook page so that we can see pictures.

Have a great time. Honestly, why not take a vacation from PC as well. Us blokes are a boring lot.
Goodlife
 
Age 58, PSA 4.47 Biopsy - 2/12 cores , Gleason 4 + 5 = 9
Da Vinci, Cleveland Clinic  4/14/09   Nerves spared, but carved up a little.
0/23 lymph nodes involved  pT3a NO MX
Catheter and 2 stints in ureters for 2 weeks .
Neg Margins, bladder neck negative
Living the Good Life, cancer free  6 week PSA  <.03
3 month PSA <.01 (different lab)
5 month PSA <.03 (undetectable)
6 Month PSA <.01
1 pad a day, no progress on ED.  Trimix injection
No pads, 1/1/10,  9 month PSA < .01
1 year psa (364 days) .01
15 month PSA <.01

creed_three
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   Posted 11/8/2010 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Have a great time away Bill. This sounds like a great way to pass time. Congrat's on your potential new status as a Croc Catching Grandpa-to-Be..Try to be careful though Billy and Bro!
 I'll bet the ladies are also planning a few big nights themselves while you are away!   turn   Have fun. Lana & CJ
 
 
Creed_three (Lana) - with husband "CJ" now aged 52.5 yrs (49 years at diagnosis).
PSA (2002) 2.1. (2006) 3.5.  1 x 5% core of 12 positive at biopsy. Open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007 Sydney, Australia. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. 2 x small multifocal lesions. Contained. Undetectable <.1 PSA since: June 2007-0.01, Oct 2007-0.02, April 2008-0.02: Oct 2008-0.03, Nov, 2008-0.02, April 2009-0.03, April 2010 - 0.03. 
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