WillingToLearn & Loved Ones,
A “Special” Warm Welcome to You!
It helps “all of us” ~ to help you ~ if we know where you are on your path… We’re glad you came back…. The following is a very personal opinion so please accept it as that!!!
After reading your post from July 2006 for the 1st time..…. We truly understand your hesitation not to post and only wish you would have responded because this is how things move forward… by sharing. (good/bad/ugly) … Back in July ~ we were newbies and now having 7 months under our belt there is much to be seen in your 1st posting.
I’m a firm believer that New Postings should be kinda like an AA Meeting…
Stand up and say…. Hi ~ My name is “Wish I Didn’t Have To Be Here”… I have prostate cancer!!! Once it is said out loud by the individual… it allows you to move forward.
Giving a little of oneself by sharing “health status/results” helps us to help you! So ~ we can share ourselves with you. That’s why I eventually put together a Thread: “Helpful Hints for New Members"
I personally feel ~ you couldn’t ask for a more direct and trusted friend in Swimom…
If you take time to really see what she saw and read… from your posting… she was being honest…. Sometimes the true hurts and sometimes the truth makes us grow... Even in fear... we may not see what's really there and then again... what's there maybe isn't something we wanted to see or read.
You are back with us now.... and that's what is important!!!
She made the following statements in a past posting to me and I think of this often.
I sent this to Swimom……Partial Quote from me TO: Swimom:
You are a “ special guardian angel “ to so many on this forum. Your wisdom has helped guide them ~ in specific areas where their next stepping-stone looked a little wobbly….. Pre & post surgery…. You’ve made their journey safer by sharing your knowledge.
You shoot from the hip and you’ve had to use “tough love” in some instances…. And that’s what I’ve come to respect about you!!! Your honesty and your giving nature.
She sent this back to me…..Partial Quote from Swimom TO: Bluebird
When I think of you I see a Snow White like lady with a tiny little bluebird perched upon your hand standing in a forest where the sun shines through the trees. It takes a gentle and inviting hand to make a little bird feel safe. Guardian Angels come in all sorts of packages.
I'm so much more like a John Travolta guardian angel with dirty wings and an attitude.
If I had to pick a guardian angel between Snow White & John Travolta…. Trust me when I say… I would pick John Travolta in a heart beat!!!! She has so much knowledge in this area and many other areas….. Truly ~ if you were told you could have just 1 guardian angel…. Swimom is the one you would want on your shoulder!!!
We are both valuable to this forum… and over time you will learn to let the past postings go…. Now is the time to continue on with your healing/recovery and know that reaching out to “all of us”… again is wonderful!
I do need to say that the posting from Brixy was totally uncalled for, unacceptable, and should have been “bumped”. I’m sorry it wasn’t before you read it!! That’s one individual who only posted 5 times so consider the source and let it go! This is called flaming and is not acceptable in any shape or form. Trust me when I say this….. It will never happen to another member!!!!!!! This I promise!
Your recent posting had the following that was missing from your first and it really lends to saying…. I am approachable….. I am needing help….
Best to All
You are here now…. And we are glad you are!!
Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers,
In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy
mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina
April 3, 2006 53 on surgery day
RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy with "wide excision"
PSA 4.6 Gleason 3+3=6 T2a Confined to Prostate
June 29th ~ PSA Less than 0.1 Non-detectable