Big Mac said...
Thanks for the encouragement. My wife is a little concerned but I am sure everything will go well. I would love to go to Rochester or Baton Rouge in the future but Sonny's house is just 2 1/2 hours north of me right up I-95 so I can't pass up on this opportunity to meet everyone and match the faces to the names.
Bill from Florida
Bill, until we attended our first GFMPH in Rochester last Fall, that was my biggest concern too. I knew the culture from HW and felt I would survive the initiation but was concerned that Karen may be left in a corner by her lonesome if I did not hang out with her.
Pleased to report there are no cliques and everyone is immediately made to feel most welcome with lifelong friends.
One of my expectations ws that besides the men having their business meeting to discuss pros and cons of PCa, the partners would meet to exchange joys and sorrows of being a caregiver, but that is not part of the agenda. Not sure whether Karen would have enjoyed a session like that or not, but can still meet one on one with those caregivers bond with.
I don't want to mislead anyone. This is not a pity party, just hte opposite, and not a whole lot of discussion of PCa except at the business meeting around a campfire for an hour or two on Saturday.
Was a little worried about
weather as it is pouring rain on west side of FL all last night and all day today, but quick check of weather.com showed great weather with temps in high 70's and 10% chance of rain Wed & Thursday while most folks are traveling and 0% chance of rain Friday
. Did not check the 10 day forecast for Saturday yet.www.weather.com/weather/5-day/USFL0324
Looking forward to following the Clearwater Cowboy's lead when we get there sometime Wednesday and to seeing all of the attendees, pllus teaching the newbies (now that I am a veteran of a grand total of 1 prior GFMPH) the GFMPH secret handshake.
65 - DX 64 2/13 PSA 3.68 (6 mo doubling) Gleason 9 (4+5)
T1CN0M1B stage IV w. 7 of 12 cores worst ones 70% right PNI
oligometastatic 5 tumors 1 right sacroiliac, 2 on
T4 & T9.
1st Lupron 4 month 3-28-13, 2nd Aug 1
PSA down was 3.68, 0.68 on 08-08-13
PSA 0.12 02-11-14, T<3,freeT<0.048
Prostate shrunk from 50.4 to 31.6
UF & Shands treating w curative intent, not just palliative.
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