Elated because I read about
Todd’s PSA remaining at undetectable, Elated, because mine is also there, for the 46th month. Advanced PC stopped in it’s tracks!
Yet on the same day that I heard that news, I received the devastating news that my good friend Tom Mele lost his 2 ½ year battle with this insidious disease. I worked along side of Tom for 2 years. He loved to do the “jumble” puzzles at lunchtime. He was a genuine good guy, always jovial, a devoted Cleveland Indian fan, a devoted husband, he and his wife had two sons. He was only 64 years old.
When he was diagnosed in Bakersfield in November 2015, his Doctor told him it was very far advanced, with several bone mets. I never did find out his stats, just his PSA was 120. Treatment with Lupron lowered it to around 90 for a while, and then it began to rise, constantly. I got him to go to the Cancer Center in Goodyear with me, he even saw my same doctor, and we sat in the infusion room to get Xgeva shots together 2 years ago. His complaint at that time was suffering from GERD, and he was very fatigued.
He then sought treatment at the Santa Barbara cancer center, where treatments of Zytiga, Xtanti, and Jevanta all failed for him. He worked, providing for his wife, up until February of this year. His bone mets spread to his spine and to his skull. He underwent palliative radiation treatments. He went on disability in March 2018, and his PSA continued to rise to over 3,000 in April 2018. The last time I spoke to him in May this year, he told me that he slept most of the time, and he changed the subject to baseball.
When another co-worker, told me the news Wednesday, it hit me like a ton of bricks. Although I knew this day was coming for him , I ran through the stages of grief, and the worst of it was the anger, still is. I realized that but but for the grace…., so go I.
I will cherish his memory. I intend to put together a little notebook of all of our e-mails back and forth, to present to his family. Hoping they can find some solace there. I wish that I could talk to him, one more time.
Tell your loved ones that you love them, every day, and live each day, really live life. Stay strong and battle on Brothers! Having said all that I still remain, keeping the faith that this disease will one day fall.
I am still, on the Wings of Eagles.
DX PCa-2012, age 57=GS 3+4=7 & 4+3=7 w/mets PSA=71.2 start Lupron PSA=,
1/13=2.7 2/13=0.7 3/13=0.2 6 /13=0.1
9/ 13=0.7 11/13=1.4 12/13=2.7 4/14=2.7
6/14=3.8 8/14=5.2 Zytiga:
9/14=1.4 11/14=<0.06 12/14=<0.06 1/15=<0.06 3/15=<0.06 6/15=<0.06
9/15=<0.06 12/15=<0.06 3/16=<0.06 6/16=<0.06 9/16=<0.06 12/16=<0.06
3/17=<0.06 8/17=<0.06 12/17=<0.06 4/18=<0.06
Post Edited (Wings of Eagles) : 7/28/2018 8:35:42 PM (GMT-6)