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James C.
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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Subtitled: (Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I'm free at last)devil cool turn scool

As of this morning, I have resigned my commission and am no longer a Moderator for the Prostate Cancer Forum. It's been 3 years since I became one, and although I have enjoyed my role as such, it's time to move on and see what it's like to be a regular member. I'm tired, folks, really tired and need a break from it. I didn't get much time to experience that before, so I am looking forward to 'just being one of the guys'. I have been treated as such by most here even while moderating, so let me say thank you for putting up with me, for supporting me in times of trouble, even for disagreeing with me during the same, as it made me think and reconsider, looking at the other side of the argument.

I have learned a lot during this time of responsibility, I thank Peter for having faith in me and giving me the opportunity to serve. I thank my fellow moderators for their support, for the easy way that we were able to manage some difficult problems, for the ability to always reach a consensus among ourselves. We have a full slate of capable moderators, so things continue......

I thank each member here for your participation, support, even love and tolerance shown to me in good decisions, in bad decisions and during the everyday normal times too. I look forward to continuing to share the brotherly love, the companionship, and the various struggles we all face here.
Thanks for everything, guys and gals.
James C, 64, East 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:
Prob. microscopic inv.-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

Post Edited (James C.) : 6/20/2011 2:47:20 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   
cool    Good job!

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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your service and the diplomatic way in which you carried it out.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
Total Posts : 739
   Posted 6/20/2011 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Three Cheers for James - HIP HIP !

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 4271
   Posted 6/20/2011 3:25 PM (GMT -6)   
James, you have done a great job in not-always-easy-circumstances, i.e. dealing with us grouchy old men!  Thanks for everything and we look forward to having you back as "one of the guys"!
Tudpock (Jim)
Age 62 (64 now), G 3 + 4 = 7, T1C, PSA 4.2, 2/16 cancerous, 27cc. Brachytherapy 12/9/08. 73 Iodine-125 seeds. Procedure went great, catheter out before I went home, only minor discomfort. Everything continues to function normally as of 12/8/10. PSA: 6 mo 1.4, 1 yr. 1.0, 2 yr. .8. My docs are "delighted"! My journey:

John T
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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you James for the time you put in. You did a very good job in sometimes difficult situations.

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   

I met James at the last GFMPH meeting and have to say it was a pleasure. (good for mens prostate health)

Looking forward to seeing you hang out.....

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Date Joined Jan 2011
Total Posts : 735
   Posted 6/20/2011 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for a well done job! And James, you'll see how nice is life after moderating...I know!

Phoenix, Arizona
Disclaimer: I am a long-term prostate cancer survivor. My comments are not intended as medical advice. The intent is to provide information. Seek direct recommendations from your medical team.
Surviving prostate cancer since 1992 at age 58. RP; Orchiectomy; GS (4 + 2); bilateral seminal vesicle invasion; tumor attached to rectal wall; Stage T4; Last PSA September, 2010: <0.1 ng/m

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Date Joined Aug 2010
Total Posts : 487
   Posted 6/20/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
James, I must admit that, for me, this is somewhat bittersweet. You have done an outstanding job, and you have the respect and admiration of all of us. I hate to see you go, because you have been such a stabilizing force on this forum, but at the same time, I fully understand your need to do so.

Thanks again for your unselfish service, for which we have all benefited.

God Bless

Age 57 at Dx
5/09 PSA 2.26
6/10 PSA 3.07 FPSA 18% DRE +
Biopsy, 7 of 18+, >60%, 4+5=9
7/21/2010 - RRP
Nodes & Ves neg
tumor contained, still 4+5=9
pni ext.
9/3/10 - 0.04 99% continent
10/14/10, 0.04, and lupron #1, 99.9% continent
Total ED, implant on 12/15/10
2/11 - 0.04, HT #2
6/11 - 0. , HT #3

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   Posted 6/20/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all your hard work, James.  We ordinary folks welcome you to the world of the hoi polloi.

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Date Joined Aug 2009
Total Posts : 2448
   Posted 6/20/2011 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
James, thanks a bunch for everything. IN my early days here you were a calm voice of reason in some private emails with me.

I look forward to your posts and input as just one of the guys. Hope you make it to GFMPH NY too.

60 years old - PSA 11/07 3.0 PSA 5/09 6.4
da Vinci 9/17/09 Post Surgery Pathology: GS 4+3=7
Stage: T3a
Tumor Volume 12.5% positive margin, extra-prostatic extension
PSA .6 IMRT completed 1/15/10 35 treatments- 70Gy
2/23/10 Post IMRT PSA 1.0
3/22/10 PSA 1.5
4/19/10 PSA 1.2
5/22/10 PSA 1.3
8/9/10 Radiation for MET
9/7/10 PSA 2.2
1/5/11 PSA 3.9
3/7/11 PSA 4.2
4/10/11 PSA 3.8
5/19/11 PSA 4.9

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Date Joined Oct 2006
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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to see you go to better pastures. Thanks for your service as a moderator for 3 years. It won't be easy to fill your shoes cry .
All the best to you and welcome as 'just a member'.

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 Dec 2009
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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ... you did good.

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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for all of your hard work and steady hand James. Change is good, so enjoy and see what comes your way in the future.

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   Posted 6/20/2011 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
good job, james, enjoy your new freedom. now you can fight with the rest of us!!!
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, 6/11 5.8
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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Date Joined Dec 2010
Total Posts : 119
   Posted 6/20/2011 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks James,
Have not been a member long, but recognize the effort that moderators put into these forums.  A lot more time than most people think.
Again thanks for your service and helping me in my journey.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 1267
   Posted 6/20/2011 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
James, while I'm sorry to lose you as a moderator, my overwhelming reaction is one of gratitude and thanks for the difference you've made in so many lives.

You're a class act, James. Thank you.

I'm glad to see you intend to keep a presence here at HW and that's great good news, for myself, for all the rest of us, and most particularly for the men and women who will soon be joining --- fearful, puzzled, in need of your experience, wisdom and calm steady hand.

With warm best wishes,

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 6/20/2011 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank You for your service :-)

Tim G
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   Posted 6/20/2011 5:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your 3 years of service as moderator!  As I've written before here, the forum moderators do a terrific job.
You wrote some time ago that the forum is not what it used to be.  It was a lot more focused on support.  But that's life, and the forum has changed over the years.  There are some here with an axe to grind, others to promote a particular therapy, and a few to use the forum as a free soapbox.  Most are here with good intent, to get help, to offer help, or both.
All the best!

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Date Joined Oct 2010
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   Posted 6/20/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   


I have only been with HW since Novemberish, although more than three years travelling this road.  I want to sincerely thank you for your wisdom and knowledge shared over my time here.  I have learned so much through people like you on this forum and just wanted to convey to you how much that has been appreciated.


Tony Crispino
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   Posted 6/20/2011 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks James,
All the best to you as you focus on your own case. It has been an honor to work with you. We were faced with mostly wonderful and loving posters here but an occasional few feel the need to be rebellious. So be it. I may at some point also step away from this as it indeed takes a great deal of time. Time that I will dedicate more to my personal life. But for now things are good.

This site was blessed to have such a caring man like yourself be an active part of.

Thanks again!

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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Total Posts : 288
   Posted 6/20/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
You were always cool under fire and even handed as a moderator; you'll be the same calming force as a member no doubt.

Many thanks,
Dx 8/08 Pre-op psa 4.2, Age 60, 7 of 12 biopsies 3+3
DaVinci LRP 11/08, - margins, - EPE, vascular or perineural. Gleason 3+4=7, 5-10% of 4.
3 mo psa .1 2/09, 6 mo .1 5/09, 9 mo .2 8/09
broke ankle bones 6/09, 9/21/09 Bone scan clear, psa still .2
01/05/10 psa .3, SRT 01/19/10 start 39 sessions 70.2gy, psa @ 6 wks into IMRT .4; Post SRT psa @ 10 wks (5/10) .2, @20 wks .1, @8 mo .1, @13 mo <.1

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Date Joined Jul 2006
Total Posts : 202
   Posted 6/20/2011 6:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you James.
I think you have been a particularly great moderator. 
Welcome to this side of the board.

Cajun Jeff
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   Posted 6/20/2011 6:12 PM (GMT -6)   
James C. there is so much admiration for you and all the work you have done on the site. I also want to thank you for your contribution to HW. You have a very special gift to defuse the bantering that occurs from time to time. The Forum will miss your wisdom.

Not on the positive side now you can start some of the ruckus like the rest of us. I am so grateful that you were able to join us that the GFMPH Cajun Style. Your presence was such a great joy to all of us.

Thanks Thanks Thanks
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

getting by
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Date Joined Sep 2007
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   Posted 6/20/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Thank you for your time and dedication here at HealingWell.

Now you can relax and be a member. To a job well done!!!

Hugs, Karen
Moderator-Depression and fibromyalgia

fibromyalgia, Chronic fatigue, depression, allergies
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