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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/7/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
But not without some down time.

I am just posting to let you know this site is in great hands. I have been posting minimally and less often and I have not been reading the threads like I usually do. I have quite a busy schedule with work, this board, teaching, and running an UsTOO chapter ~ not to mention the upcoming national PCa events that I will be attending this Fall. So with no classes until September, no meetings after the upcoming June UsTOO events (meeting and Fathers Day) ~ I'm going to try to be scarce for a little while. James C and Steve n Dallas have the reigns as moderators.

But I still support and if I haven't responded to any direct posts to me please accept my heart felt apologies. I have seen one today from a few days ago and there may be others. If anyone would like to ask me any question at anytime please feel free to email me. I will still be skimming the surface ~ particularly with the advanced therapies as I have a horse in that race. Come this fall I have some heavy lifting to do with my schedule and this is a good time to refresh the batteries.

Thank you all for your wonderful support of your brothers and sisters. I get a tear in my eye looking at the big picture of the value of this website to folks.

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.

Blog: www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino

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Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 1210
   Posted 6/7/2011 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony. This site is what it is because of people like you and all the other great people that share their stories and experiences here. It is certainly the best site that I have ever ben a member of. It was a scary day when I found out that I had a reason to become member, but I just don't know what I would have done without all the advice, compassion and sympathy that I have received from all the guys and girls. So, a big thank you to you and all the other members at this site. I'm wishing and hoping for all the best for all of us.

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 (June 11) <.04

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 6/7/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Tony, I salute you, the work you do on behalf of all of us, and your decision to spend as much of the summer as you can refreshing the batteries.

In part, I think it a wonderful idea as I'm thinking of doing the same. We have had a cottage on Lake of The Woods in NW Ontario for 40 years and I've been talking to my wife about just going for the summer and the "H" with most everything we now think we "have" to do that keeps us in town. It's very liberating thinking.

Warm best wishes for a glorious summer,

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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Date Joined Oct 2008
Total Posts : 25355
   Posted 6/7/2011 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Understood, Tony and thanks for all you do and have done

sheldon - you need to head to that cottage asap
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

Steve n Dallas
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Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 4818
   Posted 6/8/2011 3:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope you enjoy your time off.

Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8128
   Posted 6/8/2011 9:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I will Steve,
When it begins. I announced it on a few venues and I'm busier because of it. I might see a few delays but the rest will happen...



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Date Joined May 2011
Total Posts : 20
   Posted 6/9/2011 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
God bless each of you. Im sure there are many of us who appreciate you,and as a newbie read and cherish your posts.Rejuvinate yourself you deserve it. Thank You
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