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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 5/31/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Our beloved HealingWell member and friend Walter Whited has moved on. Folks here knew him as War Eagle...Walt. He died Friday after a 6 year battle with prostate cancer.

His wife was not able to locate my phone number but she posted this on my CaringBridge website this morning. She was at a service and could not come to the phone when another of my great Alabama friends called me. I'm certain we'll talk to her tonight and I will extend the love we all had for her wonderful husband...
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Hey Tony,

Please forgive me for sending you this news on Walt via Caringbridge but for the life of me I can't find your cell phone number or your e-mail. Walt went to Heaven this past Friday. He was talking up to 3 hours prior to his leaving this world. Tony he even cracked a few jokes on that day. You know Walt always the upbeat man, well he went out making others smile. I won't go into all of the details now but when you get a chance,please call me and we will share our memories of my sweet husband.

Your friend,

Johnnie
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"But they that wait upon the LORD
shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings as EAGLES
they shall run, and not be weary;
and they shall walk, and not faint"
Is 40:31

Walt's favorite verse...We love you buddy...My prayers are for Johnnie, Sam, Wayne, Beck...and his huge list of friends that they have peace during their mourning.

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

Blog: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

logoslidat
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Date Joined Sep 2009
Total Posts : 5646
   Posted 5/31/2011 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Amen
Diagnosed 8/14/09 psa 8.1 66,now 67
2cores 70%, rest 6-7 < 5%
gleason 3+ 3, up to 3+4 @ the dub
RPP U of Wash, Bruce Dalkin,
pathology 4+3, tertiary5, 2 foci
extensive pni, prostate confined,27 nodes removed -, svi - margins -
99%continent@ cath removal. 1% incont@gaspass,sneeze,cough 18 mos, squirt @ running. psa std test reported on paper as 0.0 as of 12/14/10 ed improving

Tim G
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   Posted 5/31/2011 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony,

Thanks for letting us know that War Eagle (Walt) has moved to his eternal address. I know that he was your friend and he has also been a wonderful member of HealingWell over the years.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 5/31/2011 12:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Tim,
Yea me and Ruthie really hit it off with Johnnie and Walter. Geez, everybody we met in Alabama were so filled with love and friendship we were treated like royalty. The link below is Walt's obit and it has a guestbook. If anybody would like to sign it you can...

obits.al.com/obituaries/birmingham/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=151409362

Walt didn't post over the last year and a half here but his Caringbridge site has a Christmas message he typed las year. He didn't want to be a "downer" for anybody here fighting this disease. Typical Walter, always putting others before himself. But I am not down about it, at least as much as I could be. It's like I can hear his voice telling me that things are just fine.

I miss him already...

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

Blog: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

James C.
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 4462
   Posted 5/31/2011 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
So sad, a brave warrior has gone on. Give his wife our thoughts and prayers for her during her grief and sadness. Walt was one of the first to welcome me here when I first showed up, he was an outstanding first class man.

Purgatory
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25364
   Posted 5/31/2011 3:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, so sorry to hear of our brother War Eagle passing this earth. I know from all accounts, he was a brave warrior every step of the way. Sounds like he was a wonderful person in every sense of the word. May his wife and family be at peace.

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

maldugs
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Date Joined Jun 2007
Total Posts : 784
   Posted 5/31/2011 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Tony, sorry to hear about Walter, as with James, Walter welcomed me 4 years ago when I first came here, sad day for all.

Mal.
age 67 PSA 5.8 DRE 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 07 Totally dry
PSA 23rd Oct.0.5
Started SRT on 5th Dec.
Finished 24 Feb 08
PSA from 30th April 08, until now range- 0.5 to 0.7

windycitytiger
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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 79
   Posted 5/31/2011 7:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I am very sorry to hear that Walter passed away. As a fellow Auburn man I am proud to give Walter a last, proud and loud WAR EAGLE! My prayers to his family.

Post Edited (windycitytiger) : 5/31/2011 7:49:16 PM (GMT-6)


Todd1963
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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 3208
   Posted 5/31/2011 7:45 PM (GMT -6)   
A true warrior, in body and in spirit has left our world. Walt was an inspiration to me. His fighting spirit was one of many here at H.W. whom befriended me and encouraged me in the early stages of my own personal battle. I was never fortunate enough to meet Walt in person but through his many posts and a few phone calls I grew to embrace him as a friend. He will be missed but not forgotten. The cry of the mighty WAR EAGLE will live on. My heart goes out to his dear wife Johnnie in her time of grief. To you Walt my friend I know it is to a far better place you have gone. Until we meet again. Todd
dx:06/03/06
Age at dx: 42 age now 45
Treated for sciatic nerve pain 6 months prior to dx.
Heavy amount of blood in urine Unable to urinate 
Lung x-ray for pnumonia revealed multiple lesions in each lung
P.S.A. at time of dx. 3216.14
Began lupron and casodex
Cat scan showed large mass in the pelvic area affecting the bladder multiple nodules in both lungs and lymph node envolvement.
Bone scan revealed possible bone involvment in the pelvic area
Biopsy 12 of 12 cores positive gleason 3+4=7
P.S.A.s since lupron 2946, 1274, 532, 5.01 1.23, .09
Begining jan 08 psa .o9, .25, .44, .86, .73, 1.34, 1.49. Doubling time is a little over 3 months
Cat Scan 12/12/08 Prostate normal size and shape. No tumors detected. Left lung clear of all nodules right lung showing only benign scar tissue. Lymph nodes normal
Bone Scan 12/24/08. Clean!!! went off casodex January 4 2009
Current psa 2/13/09 .16
Latest P.S.A. 0.05 newest P.S.A. undetectable

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 5/31/2011 7:54 PM (GMT -6)   
windycitytiger,
Walt got to watch Auburn win the national championship. I was thinking how cool that was. He played on the team when he went to Auburn.

Walt's cry was: "War Eagle, Baby!!!"... Every phone call ended the same way.

Todd he thought highly about you and David Emerson, too. He always thought it was unfair for the young guys to get this stupid disease.

Tony

mvesr
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 823
   Posted 6/1/2011 8:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Rest in peace War Eagle

Mika
age at dx 54 now 59
psa at dx 4.3

got the bad news 1/29/07

open surgery Duke Medical Center 5-29-07

never more than 2 pads

ED is getting better

the shots work great, still can't give them to myself

three years of zero's

Retired again after 36 years February 1, 2010

Sleepless09
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 6/1/2011 8:14 AM (GMT -6)   
War Eagle is a name, a story, I've always found inspiring. A great human being.

I've always loved his name here and the verse which inspired it.

Blessings on Walt and his family.

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
  

zufus
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Date Joined Dec 2008
Total Posts : 3149
   Posted 6/1/2011 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I hope War Eagle is kind of remembered like the earlier PCa pioneer Robert Young (coined the terminology PCa is like being thrown into a 'jungle', also created the first lay persons PCa printed glossary/dictionary...needed badly back in 2002). Besides both being PCa warriors and passings. Robert Young's wife named his website Phoenix5.org

May they both rise from the ashes of the destruction from PCa and soar where Eagles fly, just like the Phoenix rising from the ashes. That is where they got the inspiration for naming his website, that still lives on and is legacy. So, War Eagle you are in good company.

Galileo
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Date Joined Nov 2008
Total Posts : 696
   Posted 6/1/2011 10:36 AM (GMT -6)   
May the perpetual light shine upon Walt, and all our departed brethren.

flippin out
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 137
   Posted 6/1/2011 11:00 AM (GMT -6)   
The Cry of the Eagle will not be forgotten nor silenced. His many postings and thoughts of comfort brought us some solace at a difficult time in all of our lives go well into that good night my friend. I have thought all of you my friends and confidantes in our journeys together through Healingwell I hope to continue the fight as it were and carry on in this world knowing someday we will meet again.

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4823
   Posted 6/1/2011 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   

Thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

May he rest in peace.


montee
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 315
   Posted 6/1/2011 1:23 PM (GMT -6)   
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I have thought about how he was doing. So sad to hear of any of our brothers who pass on due to this alien in our body. So this Ga Bulldog will give out a rare War Eagle shout out to him.

North49
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Date Joined Feb 2011
Total Posts : 83
   Posted 6/1/2011 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
So very sad, bless his family for what must be a very difficult time. May it bring his family some comfort we are all thinking of them.
PSA 5.6 - 04/2010 - DRE positive
PSA 6.7 - 09/2010
Biopsy - 09/2010 - Age 53
T2b/c Gleason 7, 4+3
PSA 8.2 - 12/2010
RRP - 12/2010
pT3a, Gleason 7, 3+4, 20% PCa
pNO
Negative margins and seminal vesicles
RP 37.3 g
No further treatment recommended.
PSA <0.01 - 03/2011 - 3 month post-op

Ziggy9
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 981
   Posted 6/1/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That's sad he was quite a prolific poster when I first arrived here back in late 2007.

My best to his family

Sleepless09
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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 6/1/2011 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
My wife and I were out at a wildlife area this evening, a bald eagle flew over, and I lifted my water bottle in a toast to the memory of War Eagle and all PCa brothers who have slipped over to the other side.

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
  

BillyMac
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   Posted 6/2/2011 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I remember Walt's posts when I first came to Healingwell 3 years ago. A selfless man with good advice for all. We are all the poorer for his passing and it is truly a sad loss to all of us.
Bill

creed_three
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   Posted 6/2/2011 5:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Walt's kindness and generous spirit found its way even to us down here - We communicated by email a few times for a short while. He always spoke so highly of you Tony in his emails, and loved you and Ruthie. Walt offered his support to each and everyone who came his way. He was also a brilliant musician I understand. Hope he's raising the rooftops in heaven now.  Our thoughts are with Johnnie. Lana & CJ 
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)

myman
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   Posted 6/2/2011 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for letting us know Tony. I checked Walt's Caringbridge site every so often hoping to see a word from him. What a kind, loving and generous man Walt has been to many here. We've been blessed to know him.

War Eagle,
Susan
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