Thanks to all that posted, wanted to acknowledge your replies before signing off.
James: you said I give him 3 weeks, would make sense, since I said I would be gone till the end of the month, and its the 11th today, so that's about exactly 3 weeks from now till the 1st. I don't feel that HW needs to be static, and that is not what I am talking about, the right kind of change is good. My heart and concern has always been for the new guys, those just starting their journeys, its what attracted me to this place to start with. I guess we all have different reasons for being here, and different motivations, I can only speak for my own mind and heart. If you remember, I was a moderator for a short season, then I chose to resign the position, as I felt I couldn't speak freely in good conscience. I still agree with that decision.
Mel: I don't need you to agree or not agree with my stated opinion on this thread. Again, you are reading too much into things, I was clearly stating my personal opinion, and since I have been here over a year longer than you have, I can see big differences in the tone and attitude of the place. Those that have been here longer than me, would even talk of even more changes. Some are for the good, some aren't.
I never said that discussion on certain topics was a negative to me, you missed my point entirely. One again, and you have done this a lot lately with me, you are trying to answer for me. I don't expect everyone, or anyone as far as that goes, to agree with me. I tick my own way, and often think butt backwards to a lot of people, blame that on the strong left-handedness I was born with. Often my logic is reverse of most people, and for that, I make no apologies. It's just who I am. I don't like to confuse many that are new to PCa, to all the academic fine-pointing that goes on here from time to time. Most of us are way beyond the days of college debates. My interest, again, is to help guide those entering our gates, to help aleviate their fears, to answers their basic concerns, and to support their decisions.
I will be back in the near future, got a lot on my plate again, my recovery from this last surgery is still on-going, and is now entering the second phase. It's been tough as hell, I am the first to admit it. Doing the best I can to make it back, and hoping, that my PSA is stable, and that my SRT for all the damage it has caused me, is at least working for a while longer.
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