Just Poppin in to Wish Every One The Best of Holiday Seasons

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   Posted 12/22/2010 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Guys and Gals,

Well I have been able to stay away for a while and just enjoy life, but I felt the need to come back for just a minute to wish each and everyone of you a Joyous, Blessed and Wonderful Holiday Season.

Not much new on my front. After my last visit with the dr in September he said he didn't want me to think about PCa until we meet next in January 2011. I have been doing my best to follow his orders.

Lynn and I completed our 6 week trip to the NE that kicked off with the GFMPH in September. We had a wonderful time and saw some really great country. Lynn's dr put her on a new chemo therapy as we started the trip and after 2+ months her numbers started to rise dramatically. So the dr has her on a new regimen. Once a week she has IV drugs and the first week of each 6 week cycle she takes others drugs via pill form. Really raising hell with her systems. Her body does it's best to get rid of the drugs using any escape avenue it can. I am sure you get the picture.

She sends her love to you folks and together we want each of you to know what valuable friends and companions you have been throughout my journey.

Bless you and your families all,

Sonny and Lynn smurf
60 years old when diagnosed
PSA 11/07 3.0
PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09
Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5%
positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
30 day PSA 0.4, 50 day psa 0.53, 64 day psa 0.6
IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Completed Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2

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   Posted 12/22/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Sonny. Thanks for the well-wishes. Right back at ya.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 12/22/2010 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
DUCK...Here comes some more well wishes.

Worried Guy
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   Posted 12/22/2010 2:37 PM (GMT -6)   

It is great to hear from you. I can practically hear your voice as I read the update.

I'm sitting here at the kitchen table, binoculars focused on the woodpile/backstop. With everything covered in a layers of white, members of the order Rodentia who ignore the clearly printed warning sign (thank you very much) are easily seen and relocated to another, higher plane. The frequency of said relocations has been reduced to fewer than two per month. Maybe the sign you gave us is effective.

We wish you both well and still smile when we think of your visit.

Hopefully we will see you in April

Stay warm,
The basketball backstop is still crooked.

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   Posted 12/22/2010 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Great to hear from you Sonny. Give Lynn our best and enjoy the holidays.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 12/22/2010 3:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, Welcome back and thanks for the update. I wish you and Lynn the best for 2011.
Age: 67 at Dx on 12/30/08 PSA 3.8
2 cores out of 12 were positive Gleason (4+4)
Davinci surgery 2/9/09 Gleason 4+4 EPE,
Margins clear, nerve bundles removed
Prostate weighed 57 grams 10-20% involved
all PSA tests since (2, 5, 8, 11, 15, 18 months) undetectable
Latest PSA test (21 months) .005

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   Posted 12/22/2010 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
My dear brother, so good to hear from you. Think of you and Lynn often. Glad you two are holding your own, I know this has to be hell on Lynn's end. May you and your family have the best of holidays. Just like you, my delayed PSA reading will just have to wait till the end of February.

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

James C.
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   Posted 12/22/2010 4:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, so good to hear from you and get an update on your and Lynn's situation. Keep warm, stay healthy, and Merry Christmas to you both.
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 Jan & Feb.
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 12/22/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sonny & Lynn,
God to hear from you. So glad to read that you had a wonderful time, but sorry that Lynn is not doing very well. Wishing you both the best holiday season possible under the circumstances and all the best for 2011.

Born 1936
PSA 7.9, Gleason Score 3+4=7, 2 of 8 positive
open RP Nov 06, T3a, Gleasons 3+4=7, Seminal vesicles and lymph nodes clear
Catheter out 15 Dec 06, Dry since 11 Feb 07
All PSA tests in 2007 (4) <.04
PSA tests in 2008: Mar.=.04; Jun.=.05; Sept.=.08; at SRT Start=0.1, Salvage RT completed (33 days-66Gy) 19 Dec 08
PSA: in Jan 09 =.05, all tests to date (Jul 10) <.04

In This Together Wife
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   Posted 12/22/2010 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny as always, you have the right words. My same sentiments to back to you. Thanks for checking in.
(Bear's stats) Age 49
 8-4-09    Family Practioner for back pain  PSA 4.9
8-20-09  Consult with urologist                PSA 4.89
9-2-09    Biopsy          3 cores positive 7% 3+3 (6) gleason
11-13-09 DaVinci
11-23-09 Cath removed  Path report cancer contained neg. margins
 2-22-10  PSA 0.01 !!!

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   Posted 12/22/2010 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
All the best to you and Lynn

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 12/22/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Dear Sonny and Lynn,

You know our love goes back to both you and Lynn. We think of you so often. Looking forwand to seeing you soon.

Keep on boating.

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
2 year PSA <0.1
Only issue at this time is ED but getting better

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   Posted 12/22/2010 10:26 PM (GMT -6)   
My best wishes to you and Lynn for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Hope to see you in April -

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   Posted 12/25/2010 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Sonny, I couldn't have a nicer Christmas gift today than to find this thread and get an update on your doings, and Lynn's.

I'm sorry to hear that Lynn's body and the chemo are at odds. I've still got you both on my prayer list.

Seeing as you're going everywhere in your motor home, except to visit me, I'm thinking I may have to come and visit you. Of course, the fact you live in Florida, and I'm up here in blustery cold frozen Winnipeg has nothing to do with the sudden winter urge to play snow bird.

Merry Christmas to you and Lynn,

Sheldon AKA Sleepless
Age 67 in Apil '09 at news of 4 of 12 cores positive T2B and Gleason 3 + 3 and 5% to 25% PSA 1.5
Re-read of slides in June said Gleason 3 + 4 same four cores 5% to 15%
June 29 daVinci prostatectomy, Dr. Eric Estey, at Royal Alexandra Hospital Edmonton one night stay
From "knock out" to wake up in recovery less than two hours.  Actual surgery 70 minutes
Flew home to Winnipeg on July 3 after 5 nights in Ramada Inn  ---  perfect recovery spot!
Catheter out July 9
Final pathology is 3 + 4 Gleason 7, clear margins, clear nodes, T2C, sugeron says report is "excellent"
Oct 1st 09 -- dry at night, during day some stress issues.
Oct 31st padless 24/7 
First post op PSA Sept 09  less than 0.02
PSA on Oct 23, 2009 less than 0.02
PSA on Jan 8, 2010  less than 0.02
PSA on April 9, 2010 less than 0.02 
PSA on July 9, 2010 (one year) less than 0.02

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   Posted 12/25/2010 5:11 PM (GMT -6)   

So nice of you to be able to pop in. 'Sounds like you and Lynn has some nice memories of your trip, seeing many sites. I hope those good times together continue to give you strength in overcoming health challenges.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Surgery: Da Vinci; July 31, 2007; 54 on surgery day;
Post RP Pathology: PSA: 4.3; Gleason: 3+3=6; T2a; Confined to Prostate;
Post RP PSAs: 09/'07 <0.04; 12/'07 <0.04; 03/'08 <0.04;
06/'08 <0.04; 12/'08 <0.04; 06/'09 =0.06; 09/'09 <0.04; 12/'09 =0.05;
3/'10 <0.04; 6/'10 <0.01;Latest PSA 12/'10 <0.04

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   Posted 12/25/2010 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the well wishes and sending 'em right back at you. May the new year bring you and Lynn your heart's desire. Pleased to read the trip worked out well.
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