40 Years and going strong.

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BillyMac
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   Posted 12/5/2010 3:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Well today is my and my wife's 40th wedding anniversary. My, oh my, doesn't time fly when your having fun. Alas, I am in a bit of trouble for I have not made it back home from my trip to the far north--------I have miscalculated and could not get a flight back in time (one day late). My brother will continue in the RV back south without me. I shall have to come up with a pretty good "forgive me" present to get out of this one but I don't doubt that as usual, she will forgive me yet again. Marrying her was the smartest thing I ever did in my life, although why she said yes has constantly amazed me. ( apart from my good looks, athletic build, natural charm and of course modesty.)
Bill

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   Posted 12/5/2010 4:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Happy Anniversary Bill!
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

James C.
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   Posted 12/5/2010 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
BillyMac, happy anniversary to you and your bride. We just celebrated our 42nd Dec. 4. Those of us with long years of marriage can be justly proud of that accomplishment, I think, especially considering the era we spent our first 10 years of marriage in. It's amazing that any lasted for long back then. tongue
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man tinyurl.com/28e8qcg
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RRP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., all clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement of the left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09- Uh-Oh, next in Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Billy, congratulations on that big 40th. I don't know why she married you either, you are homely as hell and can't type worth a flip, but you do nice stained glass work, lol. Hope you have many more, make it to that 50th for me.

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

60Michael
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats on the 40 Bill, and when you find the right excuse please pass it on to the rest of us that might be in need of it someday.
Michael

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   Posted 12/5/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations from Bill to Billy Mac. Forty year marriages are about as rare as prostate cancer, but both of those happen to some of us. My wife and I will celebrate our 40th on Jan. 16th.

I remember that when my grandmother met my wife for the first time, she politely told her, "You know, Beth, there haven't been any divorces in our family." Beth and I haven't spoiled the record.

You should do something really special for her when you get back home. Bill
Age 65
Dx in June 2010.
PSA gradually rising for 3 years to 6.2
Biopsy confirmed cancer in 6 of 12 cores, all on left side
Gleason 7 (3 + 4)
Bone scan, CT scan, rib x-rays all negative.
DaVinci surgery late August at Advocate Condell, Libertyville IL
Negative margins; negative seminal vesicles
Continence OK after 7 weeks. ED continues

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 12/5/2010 11:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Big congrats Bill...

I look forward to posting a golden "Happy Anniversary" as well...

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

Tim G
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   Posted 12/5/2010 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Bill,
 
Congratulations on your marriage milestone!  Many of us who are married, myself included, have been extravagantly lucky to have the strong support of a loving wife throughout the rollercoaster ride of prostate cancer.  All the best!
 
Tim

creed_three
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   Posted 12/5/2010 1:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Well done indeed Billy. You rock! turn Lana & CJ

Radical
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   Posted 12/5/2010 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
On ya Bill congrats, oh don't bother bringing the Mrs any Muddies home for a anniversary present, or you will be in the deep warm stuff. Mmmmm I'm thinking flowers or Chocolates might do the trick.
...........Cheers 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
"Everyday in Everyway, I get better"

Post Edited (NotHard) : 12/5/2010 1:14:01 PM (GMT-7)


BillyMac
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   Posted 12/5/2010 2:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you one and all. Kev, mention has been made that a ruby necklace would be nice. shocked
Bill

goodlife
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   Posted 12/5/2010 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel like a piker at 39. I have decided it must your willingness to agree with evrything that is said. A soft Yes Dear is one of the ways to keep it going another bunch of years.

By the way, don't they call the 50th the Diamond anniversary ? Rubies ? Nah. I say diamonds, big ones will get you out of hot water.

Truly, congratulations.
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

NEIrish
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   Posted 12/5/2010 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   

A posting to make me smile...:-)  We're hoping for our Ruby Anniversary in less than 2 yrs. and the scare we went through this past year also makes me almost tearful thinking about it too.   

 Actually, I'd like a ruby.  Lovely red color, aren't they?  I've been told I look very good in red...:-) 

Happy belated anniversary, and as far as being in the dog house is concerned, I've the following advice:  when I get a sentimental anniversary card in which he underlines the text that he feels really describes his own feelings, I melt.  Dark chocolate is good and a nice bottle of red wine too...    


BillyMac
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   Posted 12/5/2010 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I believe the correct protocol is 25 years = silver, 40 years = rubies, 50th = gold and 75 years is diamonds. shocked shocked shocked

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/5/2010 7:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy, I did the Ruby thing on our 25th (that was 11 years ago), got a certain redhead a beautiful ruby/diamond necklace and matching ear rings, it was made in the 1930's, much higher grade stones than usually available now. That got me brownie points for years after. Best time to spurge with money is when you are alive.

David
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

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/5/2010 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Billy, Congrats we just passed our 39th. Guess I will need to start shopping for some nice Ruby things...

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

BillyMac
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   Posted 12/6/2010 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Purgatory said...
Billy, I did the Ruby thing on our 25th (that was 11 years ago), got a certain redhead a beautiful ruby/diamond necklace and matching ear rings, it was made in the 1930's, much higher grade stones than usually available now. That got me brownie points for years after. Best time to spurge with money is when you are alive.

David


You're right about the stones David. Almost all rubies are now man made. Even natural rubies are heat treated to enhance their appearance so your wife would be the owner of a grand piece. I looked at two side by side and to me the made made stone looked better with deeper and richer colour ........ but I know bugger all about gems.
Bill

Worried Guy
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   Posted 12/6/2010 5:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Congrats to both you!
We're 4 1/2 years behind you. (I don't know how they stand us.)

Hey! I just noticed a trend here. Almost everyone who answered has been married 30+ years. Do you think I've found the cause of our PCa? ;-)

Just kidding, dear. Put down that snow brush! I'm just kidding!

Jeff
Married 34 years, DX Age 56. First routine PSA test on April 8, 09: 17.8. Start 2 weeks of Cipro to rule out protatitis. May '09 PSA: 22.6, 3 weeks later: PSA: 23.2.
Biopsy 6/10/09: 7/12 scores positive, 20%-70%, Gleason 3+4=7, 3+3=6. Bone and C/T scans neg.
RP DaVinci -7/21/2009 @ Univ of Roch Medical Center
Left nerve gone, right partial spared.
Catheter removed - 7/31/2009 Pathology report received:
Gleason 3+4=7, Tumor size: 2.5 x 1.8 cm, location: both lobes and apex.
Extraprostatic extension present; Perineural invasion: present, extensive.
No Malignancy in Seminal Vesicle, vasa deferentia, lymph nodes 0/13
Prostate mass 56 grams. Pathologic Stage: pT3aN0MX
Post Surgery Status:
Potency - 12/11 5 months, Still no activity, zip. Using pump daily since 11/11. No effect with 20 mg of Cialis or 100 mg of Viagra. Shots next See Uro 1/22/10 Trimix #1. Try 0.08- 25%, 0.12-25%, 2/26/10 try 0.16 First Success! 90%. 8/9/10 Now at 0.24 still 90%
Incontinence - 8/20 4 full pads per day
.. 9/7 3-4 full pads per day. Try controlling fluids.
12/11/09 5 months: 3 pads per day, 400-450ml/day
02/26/10 7 months: 3 pads but leak is now 320 ml (5 day avg.)
03/22/10 8 months: 3 pads per day, 280 ml/day (5 day avg.) PT says all muscles are tight and working properly. "There must be another issue."
5/22/10 10 months: 2 pads per day, 190 ml/day Scope on June 15 "Short sphincter"
7/15/2010 one year: 2 pads per day. 140 ml/day, dry in bed.
Post Surgery PSA - 9/3 6 weeks - 0.05; 10/13 3 months - 0.04
1/14 6 months - 0.05 (Siemens Centaur)
4/14 9 months - 0.04 (Siemens Centaur) and <0.01 (Roche ECLIA).
7/12 1 year - 0.03 (Siemens Centaur, direct chemilum); <0.01 (Roche Cobas 601 ECLIA)

compiler
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   Posted 12/6/2010 1:36 PM (GMT -6)   
We celebrated our 35th last August!!
 
We are an amazingly stable group here!
 
Mel

DJBearGuy
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   Posted 12/6/2010 2:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Congratulations from the odd guy out, with less than 25 years of marriage. Guess I got married later in life than some of you. But, she was worth the wait!

DJ
Diagnosis at 53. PSA 2007 about 2; 2008 4.3
Biopsy Sept 2008: 6 of 12 cores pos; Gleason 4+3 = 7
CT & Bone scan neg
Da Vinci at City of Hope Dec 8, 2008
Rad prostatectomy & lymph node dissection
Cath out on 7th day, in on 8th day, out again 14th day after neg cystogram
Path: pT2c; lymph nodes neg; margins involv; 41 grams,
PSA 1/08, 4/09,7/09, 10/09, 11/09,2/10 <0.01, 10/10 0.1

maldugs
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:22 PM (GMT -6)   
congrats Billy!! we heading for our 47th in May next year.

Regards Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE slightly firm Rt
Biopsy 2nd July 07 5 out of 12 positive
Gleason 3+4=7 right side tumour adenocarcinoma stage T2a
RP on 30th July,

Post op Pathology, tumour stage T3a 4+3=7, microcsopic evidence of capsular penetration, seminal vessels, bladder neck,are free of tumour, lymph nodes clear, no evidence of metastatic malignancy, tumour does not extend to the apical margins.

Post op PSA 0.5 26th Sept. Totally dry since catheter removed
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5 seeing Radiation Onocologist 31st Oct.
Started radiation treatment on 5th Dec, to continue until 24 Jan. 08.
Finished treatment, next PSA on 30th April.
PSA from 30th April 08, until now range- 0.5 to 0.6, I am now 70

Purgatory
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   Posted 12/6/2010 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
dj: you are but a newlywed among this group, lol
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

Ralph Alfalfa
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   Posted 12/6/2010 8:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I've got to get a new jewelry salesman.  Each time I asked what the stone was for the 25th, the 30th, and the 35th, he told me diamonds.  I'm beginning to smell a rat.  Isn't paper somewhere in there?
 
Bob
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