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Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/13/2011 4:10 PM (GMT -6)   

Hitting my 10,000th post here at Healing Well is astounding to me as well.  When I joined here in October, 2008, I was new to the entire forum concept.  Not a normal thing for me to be involved with any on-line community, except for hiding in the shadows gleaning info on any variety of subjects.  There was never any plan to reach a certain point or certain number.  I have taken a few breaks from here, but can’t stay away, because new brothers find their way here on a regular basis, and I don’t have it in me to turn my back to them.

I would have never guessed in advance that it would have turned into such an epic adventure.  Some may argue the point, but I am most comfortable communicating by writing.  Been that way since I was editor of my school’s first newspaper at age 6 back in 1958.  I was editor of a monthly religious magazine for 5 years, and have had 2 novels published,  and hopefully a third one later this year.  I also have countless business and technical papers under my belt.

But I want this posting milestone to be dedicated, not to me, but to the following:

To Peter, whom I am constantly thankful that he created HW and developed it over the years, I can honestly say, it’s the best of the best, and has contributed in many meaningful ways to my Prostate Cancer journey.  When my ship comes in, Peter, I plan to help you out in a monetary way to help keep HW going.

To our moderators, we give you guys so much sh** sometimes, but you keep on keeping on, trying to be fair and even handed, despite our best efforts at times to stir things up.  I admire each of you, not only is it an unpaid gig, but a thankless one much of the time, and as the saying goes, you can’t please everyone all of the time.

To the women of HW Prostate Cancer, love having each and every one of you, you add that special touch that only a woman can to a group of grumbling men, with or without T-levels.  You all make me thankful to the women in my own life.

To each and every brother, past – present – and future, that passes through the portals here.  How many of us came here the same way?  Freshly diagnosed, scared, overwhelmed with choices about things we knew nothing about in advance, and feeling alone with this terrible cancer now in our bodies.  I know I did, and that’s I broke my normal non-socializing position, got brave, and joined here.  We each have our strengths and weaknesses here, our good and bad point – but again, we are all human, and together, the power and strength is in sharing what we have learned and what we know, and what we have experienced.

To the diversity here of men:  we have a good mix, from around the world friends, straight and gay, some  vets – some not, young ( which adds an extra “suck” factor to PC) all the way up to our elderly brethren.  So many diverse occupational backgrounds, makes it all interesting.  And there are fusses and feuds at times, but kind of  hard not to help, with what we go through:  pain, anxiety, suffering, fear, set-backs.  We can’t all feel good at the same time on the same day, and in a virtual world, we can’t see the hurt on someone’s face, or even tell if someone is joking or being serious, so we communicate the best we can.

To the doctors, the researchers, the caregivers, our hospitals and clinics, and for the hope that one day, perhaps not in any of our current life times, that there will be better and less invasive treatment options, better ways to deal with the beast PC.

And finally, to the brothers that die each and every day from this horrid malady, to their loved ones.  We know that each and every one of you that didn’t make it still fought a tough and courageous battle along the way and perhaps one day, a cure can be found.

I dedicate this 10,000th post, to all of us that fight every single day trying to tame, cure, out think, wrestle, and struggle to overcome this cancer that truly unites us into a special brother hood.

May we all make it, and be rid of this cancer.

 

David in South Carolina

Post Edited (Purgatory) : 3/13/2011 3:57:09 PM (GMT-6)


Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/13/2011 4:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry, not sure why the bold part is bold, not intended, delete and re-inserted it twice, the bold part is unintentional.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

tatt2man
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2010
Total Posts : 2845
   Posted 3/13/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
David - PURGATORY the Elite Member - congrats on what you have achieved with your battle, what you have overcome and what you will overcome in the days and years ahead.

bold hugs,
BRONSON

p.s. you may have put in a "square bracket" b "square bracket" but not the / one.... been there , done that .. printed the t-shirt wrong..
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: 03/24/11 - TBA

Post Edited (tatt2man) : 3/13/2011 4:05:52 PM (GMT-6)


compiler
Veteran Member


Date Joined Nov 2009
Total Posts : 7270
   Posted 3/13/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
There should be some kind of award.
 
How about a free PSA test?
 
Mel

pa69
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 260
   Posted 3/13/2011 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,

I always look forward to reading your posts. Your contributions to this forum have been so helpful.

Congratulations and best wishes,
Bob

Zen9
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2009
Total Posts : 314
   Posted 3/13/2011 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow!

Congratulations, Purg, that is quite an accomplishment.

If I wrote down everything I know about everything, I couldn't fill 10,000 posts.

Best wishes,

Zen9

Jerry L.
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 3072
   Posted 3/13/2011 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
David,
 
Just think of how many people you have touched over the years.  Not only to the countless number of people that you were writing to, but to the people that simply read your posts and don't necessary contribute.  That stat is not calcluated on HW, but I am sure it is way up there.   I am one of those guys.  Before I started posting myself, I read many of the 10,000 posts from you.  Speaking on behalf of the silent world, thank you.  On behalf of the ones that post, thank you.   And on behalf of the young PC guys, which you so rightly pointed out the "extra suck factor", thank you.  Kind people like you on this board make it suck a little less.
 
Keep up the great work and hope to see another 10,000 posts.
 
Jerry L.

Nov. 2009 Dx at Age 44
Dec. 2009 DaVinci Robotic Surgery
Jan. 2010 T3b, Gleason 9
Feb. 2010 Adjuvant Radiation

PSA History:
-----------------
Nov. 2009 4.30
Feb. 2010 <.05
May 2010 <.05
Aug. 2010 <.05
Nov. 2010 <.05
March, 2011 .09

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/13/2011 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Jerry: I have a special place in my heart for the guy's here in their 40s. When I was dx at 56, my Uro said I was one of his youngest PC patients ever.

Zen: I wrote my first novel at 12 (manuscript never published) and it was over 150,000 words. Wrote it in my mess left-handed script, then turned around and typed it all on a manual typewriter. It was a good exercise if anything.

Mel, nah, we both have enough PSA tests ahead of us, not eager for any more at this point.

Big thanks, Bronson and Bob
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

Sephie
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2008
Total Posts : 1804
   Posted 3/13/2011 8:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Awww...David...what a nice post! I'll raise a glass to our moderators, to you, and to all the men and women who come here every day for support, advice, and just plain friendship.

Not to hijack your post, David, but John has his 3 year follow-up this week. PSA test on Tuesday, appointment with urologist on Friday. I simply cannot believe that it will be three years since we started this journey. Am I anxious about the PSA test - you bet - but the good news is not nearly as much as I have been in the past. I have finally reached the point where I can go days and even weeks without thinking about PCa (and that's a good thing).

I've learned alot - some of it I could have done without (LOL). But, I found you guys and you all helped me (and John) get through the rough spots. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all for sharing this journey with us.

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/13/2011 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sephie, will pray for John to have good results again. My ride is far from over now that the SRT has failed. Give my best to John.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

geezer99
Veteran Member


Date Joined Apr 2009
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 3/13/2011 10:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I think that the award should not be a free PSA but another DRE! (Feel free to run screaming from the room)

In any case, I thank you for the kind and caring example that you have set. I will pray that your healing goes so well that you soon loose interest in this forum

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/13/2011 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
thanks, geezer, I will take another DRE, just for fun.
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

An38
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2010
Total Posts : 1152
   Posted 3/14/2011 3:31 AM (GMT -6)   
David,

Congratulations on becoming an "Elite" member!
I don't know who else would be even close to achieving this status in the forum.

I think that its great that you are have stayed for so long and I hope you have got as much from the forum as you have given.

Regards,
An

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/14/2011 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
An, I have easily have taken or learned more than I give
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

Postop
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2010
Total Posts : 385
   Posted 3/14/2011 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
So, where can we find these novels?

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/14/2011 10:56 AM (GMT -6)   
Amazon and Barnes & Noble still stock and sell them, recently got a new royalty check, so they are still selling, which amazes me after 10 years
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

p_elliott
Regular Member


Date Joined Nov 2010
Total Posts : 143
   Posted 3/14/2011 11:28 AM (GMT -6)   
That was  beautiful the best post I have ever read on line God bless you.

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/14/2011 12:07 PM (GMT -6)   
thank you
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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,

creed_three
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jan 2007
Total Posts : 762
   Posted 3/16/2011 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi David,
Congratulations on this milestone! I didn't even know there was such a thing as an Elite member, but you sure deserve it. It does not surprise me that you are a writer. You have an eloquence of expression that I would give anything to be able to have myself at the moment (being a PhD student). The way you use your gifts here, for the education and good (support) of others is sincerely appreciated. This is the only place we draw information from. We do not always agree with everything written here at HW, but there is nothing to be gained from arguing. It is all a learning experience and you can never know too much, when most people in the world know “zip” about it (Pca and its impact). Interestingly enough, I have actually never met another HW member person to person, or heard the sound of their voice (apart from TC on U-Tube) so in my mind, and “down-under” mentality, you all must all have a similar accent... Only kidding!
Thank you for your kind and sincere words David. Cheers, Lana
Creed_three (Lana) - with husband "CJ" now aged 53 yrs (49 years at diagnosis). PSA (2006) 3.5. 1 x 5% core of 12 positive at biopsy (Gleeson 7). open Radical Prostatectomy with nerve sparing April 2007 Sydney, Australia. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Small multifocal lesions contained within prostate. Current PSA February 2011 = 0.03 (unchanged in 3 years)

Purgatory
Elite Member


Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25393
   Posted 3/16/2011 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Lana,

I agree with you 100%, at age 58 and rising, its not what I know that amazes me, its how much I don't know. Every day is a learning experience to me. As far as American's go, I've been told my accent is hard to place, almost monotone and neutral. My mother is British, so I think it mixes it up a bit, and I grew up all over the world, so not sure any one accent stuck with me.

Hope CJ is faring well still. I am jealous of his unchanged PSA number, I have never had a single moment of that comfort.

Thank you too,

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 2/11 1.24
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 9/10,
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