newspaper article - my current art show and PCa

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   Posted 1/8/2011 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
hello - this has been a busy week for me getting ready for, and hanging my art show on Thursday at the Campbellford Library, Trent Hills, Ontario.

- I was interviewed by their local paper - EMC - and then on Friday, interviewed by my local paper, Peterborough Examiner. We touched on subjects like the background for my art inspiration as well as my fundraising efforts and my prostate cancer.

- I try to downplay my fundraising but in this case, it got switched around (and I am sorta embarrassed) and my PCa became the centre stage not the art ....
-maybe I am just over-sensitized still - anyway....

Prostate Cancer Awareness is out there in Peterborough !

We are having a major campaign launching in a few weeks to have a radiation treatment centre built at our local hospital - Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Currently, patients have to drive from 40 minutes to two hours to get radiation therapy and other related diagnosis and treatments...

- wishing you all the best for 2011
Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/12/11 - TBA

James C.
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   Posted 1/8/2011 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Looks like you are having an impact in spreading the word. Nice art, also... tongue
James C. Age 63
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Sparing open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 04/10-.06, 09/10-.09, 01/11-.09
ED-total-Bimix 30cc

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   Posted 1/8/2011 11:47 AM (GMT -6)   

Read your e-mail and news article, mighty proud of you, my friend. Art is what it is all about, such a contribution to the world, PC or no PC.


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

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   Posted 1/8/2011 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for sharing this.  The same thing is happening here in Lake County, Illinois and throughout the Midwest.  The grand old barns are disappearing as "development" encroaches, or as it simply becomes too expensive to repair and maintain them.  I'll never forget the night we got a frantic call from my wife's mother in the middle of the night.  The barn was on fire, burned to the ground by teenaged vandals.  I had loved the hand hewn beams and the weathered look of the old building.  What those kids did took years off my father-in-law's life.  It was like a personal assault.  Now, instead of the grand old barns, we're seeing pole barns that have no architectural significance at all, but who can afford to build a barn in the old style?
Thanks for your art and for all that you're doing to promote PCa awareness.

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   Posted 1/8/2011 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the post and the link...I needed some good news. You are a wonderful voice for us PC guys. Not to mention your artistic talent!
Age 51 PSA 6.8
Bxy 10 of 12 Cores positive for Gleason 6. up to 75%
Robotic surg 11-02-09
Post op path. 20% neoplasm;4+3=7 Gleason
All nodes (14) and other related tissue negative for cancer
Post op PSA x 3, all <0.01

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   Posted 1/8/2011 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
The article was just one of those many things that ended differently from what was intended, no?
It is a good piece, and I understand the barn story - we had to finally tear ours at the old homeplace down after it was badly damaged by a tornado. For some reason, each time I come around the curve, I still expect it to be there.

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   Posted 1/8/2011 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
142 -
... when I approach an interview (prior to PCa) it would be as an artist who happens to be gay
- there is a different context if labelled as a gay artist - it would suggest that the only things you paint are .... rather than landscapes, buildings, etc.

... with this interview, it was as if, I am a prostate cancer survivor who happens to be an artist - rather than an artist who is a cancer survivor trying to be an advocate for prostate cancer awareness.

- regardless of my initial reaction ( understanding why some guys stay in the prostate-cancer-closet ), I have had a number of good feedbacks and have sent off the press link to the Prostate Cancer Awareness groups and fundraisers in my area.

-wishing you all the best.

Age: 55 - gay with spouse of 14 years, Steve
location: Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/09 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/09- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/09
Pathology: pT3a -Gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
PSA: 04/08/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 09/23/10 -0.05 -Zero Club
PSA: 03/12/11 - TBA

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 1/8/2011 3:38:59 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/8/2011 6:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Good article Bronson and a good cause. My family was looking at old slides that my grandmother had taken in the late 50's and it showed pics of us going to our annual fishing camp in Ontario. Not sure which lake, but it is beautiful up there. Good luck with the show.

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   Posted 1/8/2011 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Bronson, great article. Thanks for posting. Good on you!

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 1/9/2011 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   

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   Posted 1/9/2011 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Nice job Bronson - thanks for posting

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 1/9/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Good adrtical. Bronson, Art is the spice of life!

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 1/9/2011 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
good work, buddy! wishing you a great show, and many zeros from the doc!

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   Posted 1/9/2011 7:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the support !
I got a surprise phone call this morning from one of my clients who commissioned 5 paintings back in 1985 !
A buddy of his saw the newspaper article and told him about the art show -Malcolm and his wife dropped by and he bought 2 of the paintings.
We talked about prostate cancer awareness - keeping a positive attitude towards life - and coping with the rollercoasters we face...


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   Posted 1/10/2011 7:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Very nice. I am happy you were able to do this and you have a great talent.
Age 48 at diagnosis
occupation accountant
PSA increased from 2.6 to 3.5 in one year
biopsy march 2008 - cancer present gleason 7
Robotic Surgery May 9, 2008 - houston, tx
Pathology report -gleason 8, clear margins
22 month  PSA <.04
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