Love and prayers for a couple friends

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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/10/2011 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I have two very wonderful friends that started palliative care with hospice. ~ Merle and Walter.
Merle may be unfamiliar here but many know him as his battle has been a long one. Merle and I became friends in recent years and to know is to love him. His huge heart and deep faith are steering him well. On the first day of his hospice he commented on Facebook "Wow, my hospice nurse is hot. I thought two days was too much but now I'm thinking three days a week." The truth is that Merle is a very loving husband and father. He just has a great sense of humor.

Walter is a HW brother. His handle here is "War Eagle". Walt has had a shorter battle than Merle but he too is now in hospice care. Walter is another of the many great friends we have had at HW and he stopped posting because he didn't want to bring any of us down. It's been almost three years since my wife and I climbed in a plane and flew to Birmingham to visit with him and his beautiful wife Johnnie. I was shown some serious hospitality in Alabama and I won't ever forget it.

Love you guys! My prayers are always coming for you.


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   Posted 5/10/2011 2:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Will remember both these brothers, I remember War Eagle from the past.

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 margin
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, 4/11 3.81
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

James C.
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   Posted 5/10/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, was gonna ask you about War Eagle yesterday, but it slipped my mind. He and Merle will be in my thoughts and prayers.
James C, 64, Kingsport, E. TN
Gonna Make Myself A Better Man
4/07: PSA 7.6, 7/07 Biopsy: 3 of 16 PCa, 5% inv, lf. lobe, GS6
9/07: Nerve Spar. open RP, Path: pT2c, 110 gms., clear except:
Probable microscopic involvement-left apical margin -GS6
3 Years: PSA's .04 each test until 4/10-.06, 9/10-.09, 12/10-.09, 2/11-.08, 5/11-.08
Bimix .30

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   Posted 5/10/2011 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I've seen posts from War Eagle (possibly because they pulled up from the past on a query).
Regardless of that, my best wishes for both.

Tim G
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   Posted 5/10/2011 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
It is heartbreaking to read that Walter has begun hospice care.  I have followed his prostate cancer story here and on Caring Bridge.  What a great-hearted man he is. This is sad, sad news. 
And, too, I am so sorry to hear about your friend Merle.   Both men are lucky to have a friend like you.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 5/10/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Group hug....

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   Posted 5/10/2011 4:25 PM (GMT -6)   
They are in my prayers.
Age: 66
PSA: 7 tests over 2 years bounced around from 2.6 to 5.6
Biopsy 8 of 12 positive, Gleason 3+4, T2a
DaVinci August 2009, pathology Gleason 4+3, neg margins, T2c
Continent right away, ED
Viagra, Cialis did't work, Trimix works well
Post-surgery PSA:
3, month: undetectable <.1; 6 month: undetectable <.014 (ultrasensitive); 9, 12, 15 month: undetectable <.1; 18 month detectable .05

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   Posted 5/10/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
I remember War Eagle, he helped me in the early days, sorry to hear the news.

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

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   Posted 5/10/2011 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear the news.

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   Posted 5/10/2011 9:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thoughts and prayers will be with Merle and War.

Ed C. (Old67)
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   Posted 5/10/2011 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My prayers for both of them and their family and friends.
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, 21, 2 years <.008? ) undetectable
27 months: .005

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   Posted 5/11/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I really hate to hear this Tony. The sorrow continues. My best to all of their family and friends.

I first came here in fall of 2006.  Did radiation.  Am fine.

Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/11/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorrow would be the last feeling I bet Walter would want you to have and I think you know it. The same goes for Merle. These are two very caring men that are probably saying more prayers for us than themselves. Johnnies comments to me were that Walt is being the real trooper that we have all come to know and love. As sad as I am about it, I know he is content and sticking to his beliefs. As he said here a few years back we're all in the run for the roses he is just getting a head start.

Thank you all for the best and for the prayers for the friends too. As a friend to both I appreciate those thoughts and prayers.

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

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/16/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.

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