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   Posted 3/22/2007 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   

Peace, Love & Healing 

BodyMind Communication & The Path to Self-Healing:  An Exploration

Excerpt from Dr. Bernie S. Siegel


The Power of Hope


Perhaps more powerful than any visualization or other specific technique you can use to alter the inner environment of your body are feelings of hope and love.  I consider it my job as a doctor to give my patients both, because that’s what they need to be able to live.  Since I don’t know what the outcome will be for any individual, no matter what the pathology report says, I can in all honesty give everyone hope.


I offer the doctors in my audiences a standing bet of a year’s salary.  I will read a pathology report, and if they can guess the date of that person’s death within six months they get my salary, but if not I get theirs.  Even though they have a total of twelve months leeway, I’ve yet to find anyone willing to take me up on my offer.  When I challenge them, they say they can’t tell from a pathology report when a person will die.  Then how can they use path reports to sentence people, as so many of them regularly do?  You can’t tell the future from a pathology report, and anyone who says otherwise is wrong.  There are differences between probabilities and possibilities.


I used to sit in my office wondering why I was spending all my hours with people who had diseases they couldn’t get over.  But some of them did get over their diseases, and wrote me letters years later saying “Thank you for giving me the option to survive.  I did.” 

So now it’s easy for me to pass that option on to others, people with AIDS, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.  It doesn’t matter what the disease is.  There’s always room for hope.  I’ m not going to die because of statistics.  I hope you won’t either.



Peace, Love & Healing   by   Dr. Bernie S. Siegel


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M. Kat
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   Posted 3/23/2007 5:57 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks Lee!! you're a sweetheart!!
Husband Jeff 56 years old diagnosed July 27, 2006
PSA 6.5, 2 positive areas in biopsy, Gleason 3+3=6
Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy August 30, 2006
pathology report - all clear - cancer gone
1st post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 2nd post-surgery PSA test <0.1, 3rd PSA <0.1
no more pads Oct 12, 2006
first "real" erection with use of pump 12/16/06
3/07 - occasional dribbles and erections with Cialis and pump

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   Posted 3/23/2007 6:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Once again I sit at my computer crying my eyes out, but they are tears of gratitude.

Today is my 43rd and last day of radiation treatment and I am hopeful.

Gleason 3+3=6, T1c, one core in twelve, another pre-cancerous.
62 years old and good health.  Married 37 years.  To same woman!
Began IGRT January 23, 2007. 

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   Posted 3/23/2007 8:07 AM (GMT -6)   
That is a wounderful exerpt.
PSA: 6
DH (42) Prostate operation (nerve sparing) 2/2/2007
Follow up PSA: pending....
Take care
Ric and Jeninne.

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   Posted 3/23/2007 8:12 AM (GMT -6)   

Awesome Lee!  You are truly a godsend!  yeah

;o)  Linda

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   Posted 3/23/2007 9:14 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, Bluebird, hope together with faith and a positive attitude are key to fighting any cancer or disease within us.  Wonderful posting!  In my postings I often tell others to get 2nd and 3rd opinions when the 1st doctor says there is no hope.  I have read many postings here where doctors indicated that patients were doomed and yet 5, 10 and 15 years later they are still alive and kicking.  We must never give up hope until our last breath on earth.  God Bless!
68, Biopsy 9/27/06, Stage T1c, PSA 7.1, Gleason 6 [less than 5% in two areas], Gleason 7 (3+4) [less than 20% in third area], negative DRE, bone scan and MRI. Starting proton radiation therapy 2/22/07.

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   Posted 3/23/2007 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Bluebird for yet another boost. You are amazing!!!

Age 72. Diagnosed 11/03/06. PSA 7.05. Stage T2B Gleason 3+3.
RRP 12/7/06. Nerves and nodes okay.
Pathological stage: T2B. Gleason 3+4. Cancer confined to prostate.
PSA on 1/3/07 - 0.04.  Next PSA on 4/4/07.
 "Cancer feeds on fear - starve it to death."

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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me add my thanks as well, there are a lot of us (mostly newbies still sorting through everything) who sit on the side lines and read. Things like this bring us peace and inner strength to continue. Thanks

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   Posted 3/23/2007 2:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Mama Bluebird, I read that book over 15 years ago, when my dad was diagnosised. I have since bought a copy for multiple people who have been diagnosised with one form of cancer or another. It is one of my favorite books. I gave it to Kurt, the night we found out. Thanks for the refresher. Courtney
Kurt & Courtney
47 year old
Great Health prior to dx
Dx on 1/29/07
PSA 4.1
Gleason 3+3=6, both lobes
Stage T2c, I believe
Tumor involves 20% of cores, both lobes
Live in OK
Da Vinci scheduled 3-14-07 in Austin
Post-Op  Gleason 6, Stage t2c nx mx  YAAAAA HOOOOOO! 

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   Posted 9/28/2007 11:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Dearest Bluebird,
you for sharing that as I see that I need to have more 'faith' in my faith.  You are truly a God send to many....bless you.....
Husband - Brice
dx 8/29/07 Gleason 4+5=9 up to 90% of core bx (8)
tumor has unusual immunophenotype & features suggestive of
ductal (enodmetrioid) differentiation (???) per path report
Stage IV adenocarcinoma
urethral polyp
PSA 2.5 (never elevated)
Started Lupron & Casodex
2nd bone scan 10-15-07
rec. tx brachytherapy & IMRT

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   Posted 9/29/2007 8:24 AM (GMT -6)   


You have come through again. Thanks for bringing this back for us "newbies" to see. All we really have is Faith and Hope. Faith in the good Lord and Hope that we and the doctors will listen when He speaks. You embarassed me yesterday. I am the one that has always looked to my faith for strength and relied on God's word for Hope. I kinda let things get away from me and lost focus. I guess your are the one that will, as my dear daddy would say, "tie a knot in my rear". I now know where to go when I am down, God, my lovely wife, and BLUEBIRD. Talk about a awesome trio.

God love you and War Eagle.


Age: 54
PSA 43 7/2005
Biopsy 12/14 Gleason 7 & 9
Divinci 9/2005 - spread to bladder
HT - 10/2005 (Eligard every 6 months)
RT - 10/2005 (38 treatments)
PSA 0.12 to 1.9 2/2007
Bone Scan and CT 4/2007
Casodex 4/2007
Spread to Spine (L4 & T5), rib, and pelvis
Zometa infusions 4/2007
PSA 4.9 8/2007
PSA 4.9 9/2007

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   Posted 9/29/2007 10:46 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree wholeheartedly!

My urologist wrote me off. He told me to get my things in order, and enjoy what time I had left.

Thankfully, my Angel felt differently! (As we walked out of his office, she said, "You're NOT coming back here. You're going back to Gainesville. That guy should stick to vasectomies!")

She was right. She got me in to see the doctor who saved my life. (I was told his first appointment was 6 months later!)

Well, here I am. Almost 9 years later!

Fight. Pray. LIVE! Be thankful for what God has given us.
Age: 57 (49 when diagnosed)
PSA 100+ 3/1999
Biopsy 03/1999
Bone Scan and CT negative 4/1999
Radical prostatectomy and bladder neck removed 04/19/1999
HT - 05/1999 (Lupron every 3 months for 9 months)
RT - 16/1995
PSA 0.0-0.2 until 2001
Casodex 150mg 2001 until 2006
Casodex 100mg 2006-present
PSA 0.4-0.6 2001-2007

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   Posted 9/29/2007 6:35 PM (GMT -6)   

  smurf To Our Dear Forum Friends…

M.Kat, Jetguy, rj2bjj, lawink, pcdave, biker90, Pete42, kziz… 

Thank you for your warm responses to this thread.  I’m so thankful for having posted it.  With 332 views as of this date ~ we’ve touched a few more lives… along our way!

Thank you for allowing us to continue walking and sharing as we all continue forward ~ touching each other’s lives in such a positive, supportive, calming way…. 

Special Hugs to each of you!!!


  :-)   Dear Faith & her Brice,

You need not more faith!  You just need to know that there is sun behind all the darkness that swamps us from time to time during this journey.  That’s where we come in to help you find the light again… We huff and we puff and I even flutter my wings to help move them along!  Just hold tight to all of us ~ as we continue to walk with you and Brice.  You Are Not Alone!


  tongue   Dear War-eagle  : ) Walt & Loved One,

Your posting brought several smiles to my heart until I read the part about being embarrassed!!!  You need never feel this way at any time!  There are times where the strongest of the strong can bend against a hurricane of rain.  That rain eventually becomes a rainbow when the sun begins to shine again….  Keep your little rainbow close ~ it is filled with so much strength from all of us here on the forum.  I truly feel blessed that our wings have touched your life.  What a gift you’ve given us… allowing us in. 

Remember ~ we are “all”ways here for you!  You are wrapped close to us….

     P.S. I have been known to box a few ears in my time!!!!  giggle-giggle. 


  cool   Hagrid & Hagrid’s Angel,

You are truly needed here!  I’m so thankful to know you will be starting your own personal thread.  Thank you for a wonderful gift of Caring….  Our gift to you is reaching toward you with open arms to link together as we join you on your path.  Thank you for allowing us to walk with you and for joining us in our walk... to HealingWell...



In Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy  tongue

mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina


v          We invite you to visit our personal thread:  Click Here:  “Our Journey” ~ Sharing is Caring 

April 3, 2006  53 on surgery day

RRP / Radical Retropubic Prostatectomy

PSA 4.6   Gleason  3+3=6    T2a   Confined to Prostate

3rd PSA 08-07-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)

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   Posted 3/8/2008 1:36 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear bluebird.

Thanks for being here.



Born Sept., 1936
PSA 7.9
Stage T1C
-ve DRE
Gleason's Score 3+4=7
2 of 8 positive
Open RP 28 Nov 06
Post op staging T3
Gleasons still 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) = 0

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   Posted 3/8/2008 10:25 AM (GMT -6)   
  tongue   Hey ~ Magaboo,

   For your friendship.

      For your support.

         For everything.

            Thank you dear friend.

                Love with hugs…from Lee & Buddy yeah

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   Posted 3/8/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Thank you Thank you!
What an awesome site!  What a way to start my day.
Richard  yeah
Richard & Debbie on The Shores of Toledo Bend Lake Louisiana
11/07 PSA 1.9 PSA 11/08 was 4.9 PSA 12/08 was 7.7 MDA 2/12/08 3.3 On Proscar so shud double
Biospy 1/10/08 Gleason score (4+5)9, Stage T1C or T2C, 8 of 12 samples positive 
Bone scan 1/17/08 hot spot on ribs, CT shows rib enjury CT CHest 1/30/08 Clear
M.D. Anderson appt 2/12/08 CT Abdomin & Pelvis Clear Recommended Hormone&Radiation
2/19/08 Dr Fagin, Austin, TX did not recommend surgery based on medical history
2/22/08 Contacted U of Florida Proton Therapy Institute - Appt 3/13/08
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   Posted 3/10/2008 3:43 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Mama Bluebird,

You are such a wonderful person. I don't know how you find the time but you are ALWAYS so positive and helpful to so many of us. I think when God made you he broke the mold. Thank you for giving so much of your unselfish self to all of us. It is so true, you are a Godsend.

Thank you


Rick & Diana
Age 68/ 67@ Dx
6-30-06  PSA 2.54
1-22-07  PSA 4.98
1-26-07  PSA 5.09
Diag: 2-14-07 Gleason 8 Stage T1c PSA 5.09
Bone Scan 3-1-07 Clear
3-6-07 Triple Spinal Fusion (due to old back injury)
Radical retropubic surgery 4-2-07  Post surgery Gleason 9 Stage T3a Positive margins
4-29-07 PSA 0.02
6-9-07   PSA 0.02
7-6-07   PSA 0.03
8-1-07   CT Scan & Chest X-Ray   Clean
 9-26-2007 PSA 0.07
11/1/07 PSA 0.1
11/30/07 PSA 0.12
01/31/2008 PSA 0.3
03/01/2008 PSA 0.3

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   Posted 3/10/2008 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
My sister has Stage IV metastasized lung cancer. It's in her brain and there are lesions on her skull. She's already done radiation and is undergoing chemo now but things look very grim. Even so, I copied and sent her your post and she was so grateful. There's always hope. We need to be reminded.

Thank you,
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 PSA: 7.96 No Symptoms
2/09/06: LRP - Post Pathology - Gleason 4+3 Stage T2b NO MX
3 mo. PSA: 11.8 Stage T3a
6 mo. PSA: 18.8 Stage IV Systemic w/ distant lymph node involvement
Start HT - Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
PSA - Undetectable since 6/07/07

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