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stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,
 
I am Kitt.
 
I have been given the honor of moderating this forum. I have been the Moderator in Charge  on another peer support forum  so I do have experience in moderating.
 
My views on Moderating on a Website

I see my role as a moderator as sort of a mentor. I've been through a lot in the first 60 years of my life, and I want to share the knowledge and wisdom I've gained when it is appropriate to the thread.  I try not to do too much "moderating" per se. I have the  powers to do, but I don't want to use them unless need be.   This is my  philosophy and  I've found that it has served me well.
 
My Goal is to support each of you and keep this forum safe. I will do my job as this is what I have agreed to in accordance with the rules and guidelines of HealingWell. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have through my email or on site here if appropriate to the topic.


May your recovery be a journey of self-discovery.  yeah   
 


Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/20/2007 10:43:28 PM (GMT-6)


Izzyblizzy
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 5/8/2007 11:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Kitt.

I have always thought for the most part this forum doesn't really need a "moderator" because everyone is so nice and polite and helpful.

However, I have noticed a few threads of the "advertising nature" and although they have disappeared rather shortly. If we see those again, how do we contact you to get them removed?

I looked at your profile and can't find a contact means?

Thanks and welcome as our moderator :)

Tanya
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Scheduled: May 10, 2007
 


Cedar Chopper
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 5/8/2007 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   

Kitt,

Thank you for helping here! Your efforts are appreciated. 

You seem to understand the need to count on the other members here.  scool

Still, I worry a little about anyone taking on such an assignment.  Remember, if the cousellor is not fed, the counsellor will be consumed.  Take some time for your own development & "nourishment."

In our experience and time-limited capacities, we are here for you!

THANK YOU!

CCedar


~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*
2 Years of PSA between 4 and 5.5
Biopsy 23DEC06 
Only 5 percent cancer in one of 8 samples.
Gleeson 3+3=6
Radical Prostatectomy 16FEB07 at age 54.
1+" tumor - touching inside edge of gland.
Confined:)
***************
Texas Hill Country
FRESH Produce Department Manager
Have you had your 5 colors today?


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Cedar,

Thank you for the welcome. I am honored to be with all of you here and I promise to take care of me too.

I have added my email so please if someone picks up on something, let me know................I will responded ASAP

Gentle Hugs.



 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum
 
RN CCRN, Critical Care/ Emergency Department Mgr.
 
Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
My Father and 5 siblings all died of Cancer. __________________________________________________ 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 

Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/8/2007 12:54:36 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 11:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Tanya

I have my email available now so please feel free to use it anytime for whatever reason.
 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum
 
RN CCRN, Critical Care/ Emergency Department Mgr.
 
Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
My Father and 5 siblings all died of Cancer. __________________________________________________ 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


myman
Veteran Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 5/8/2007 12:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Kitt,

I've seen by your responses to others and your sig line that you have an empathy toward others. I appreciate that in a person.

Thanks for being here,

Susan
Husband Diagnosed 11/17/05 Age: 63 No Symptoms
PSA: 7.96, Positive DRE
Biopsy Right: 6 of 6 Cores Positive Biopsy Left: 1 of 6 Cores Positive
Gleason: 4+3 = 7 Stage: T2B N0 MX
2/09/06: LRP Restage: T3A NX MX
3 mo. PSA Post Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
9/06/06: 6 mo. PSA: 18.8 CT shows distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07 - PSA 0.3


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 12:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you for the warm welcome.  I am pleased to be here with all of you.

Let me know if there is anything you need or see that I should attend too.

I am open to suggestions always.

You may email me anytime.

 


 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum
 
RN CCRN, Critical Care/ Emergency Department Mgr.
 
Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
My Father and 5 siblings all died of Cancer. __________________________________________________ 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


Izzyblizzy
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 411
   Posted 5/8/2007 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks,

It happens pretty rarely. But every once in a while there are those who come on with one post that says "CURE YOUR CANCER" and then you read it and are like ok, cure your cancer with a chinese supplement up your rear? I don't THINK so. :) That is just so wrong for people who are first reading here, and might think "hey, maybe i can try that!"

So, I always wonder who can take these off? They usually disappear pretty soon, but that is a good reason to have a moderator here.

So, i will contact you when I see these things, where i just think "oh lordy" ...

I kinda wish that bluebird or swimom had asked for the moderator position (but can understand why not) ... I will still look to bluebird for keeping stats on everyone and swimom for medical info. But will look to you when someone needs to step in. Hope you don't have to do it too often :)

Thanks for taking on that role,

Tanya
Age: 63
Diagnosed: 10/30/06
PSA: 3.7 (2005: 3.4, 2004: 4.0)
Biopsy: 1/10 cancerous, 5% of one core, right apex.
Gleason: 3+3=6
Da Vinci: April 10, 2007
Path results: 1% of prostate involved. Very small tumors on both right and left apex. Negative margins, negative seminal vessicles, lymph nodes left intact. Gleason upgraded 3+4=7.
1st PSA Scheduled: May 10, 2007
 


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Tanya,

I know exactly what you mean about the people joining up to try to con the vulnerable members................at this point people are hoping for the magical cure and believe me I have even fallen for some of these products..........yes, I know...........dumb but hoping. redface

I want you to all continue working with whomever makes you comfortable.  My job is to keep the site safe, My  background is nursing so I feel that is a plus as I can usually read people's feelings pretty well.  Also I am so impressed with the interaction that is going on here that I have learned a lot myself.

When I took care of Prostate Cancers at the bedside our patients stayed for 5-7 days and we did continous irrigations.  It is a miracle the distance that medicine has come with the lapscopes etc.

I appreciate each of you. 



Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/20/2007 10:46:50 PM (GMT-6)


Joes411
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 87
   Posted 5/8/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Kitt, I appreciate you giving your time to help.

Thanks,
Joe

Age: 51

PSA  Jun06  4.1  (PSA Jun05  1.2)   DRE negative

1st Biopsy Nov06 – Atypical cells but no cancer

2nd Biopsy Jan07 – 1 of 16 cores positive

Stage T1c   Gleason  3+3=6

DaVinci scheduled for 5/17/07


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/8/2007 4:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks  Joe,
 
I am honored to be here with all of you.
 
Gentle Hugs
 
Respectfully
 
Kitt
 
Moderator Prostate Cancer Forum
 
RN CCRN, Critical Care/ Emergency Department Mgr.
 
Depression 25 years, Husband Crohns Disease 30 years
My Father and 5 siblings all died of Cancer. __________________________________________________ 
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.”
Rosalyn Carter
 


pcdave
Regular Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 444
   Posted 5/8/2007 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Kitt

Welcome as our moderator! I have been a frequent poster here since October 2006 after I was diagnosed with PCa. This is a wonderful forum where it seems that all members try to help each other and treat each other with dignity and respect. We all seem to know the meaning of the word "empathy" here. I can't say enough good things about this forum. I have not seen postings here which appeared to be advertising very frequently. In a recent one, I challenged the poster in a firm but professional manner, and made it clear that this forum was not to be used a venue for advertising. Soon thereafter, this poster appears to have disappeared. We are here to encourage and support new PCa patients and continue the journey with them as long as they need it. With their own independent research and our sharing of personal experiences with them, they are hopefully better prepared to make the tough decision as to what treatment to pursue. As you know, there are no easy solutions to deciding on a PCa treatment inasmuch as there are far too many choices with varying potential side effects. As you become more familiar with this forum you will hopefully witness my views upon reading the postings from our wonderful membership group.

Dave

P.S. What an inspiring quote from Rosalyn Carter in your footnote!
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. Treatments completed 4/18/07.

Post Edited (pcdave) : 5/10/2007 6:07:47 PM (GMT-6)


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/9/2007 5:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Dave

Thank you for the warm welcome. I have aready recognized the close knit friendships and family like atmosphere amongst the members of this support group. I am  honored to be here. I have been keeping a log of the members names and dates of dx.  I will add bits of info for my own memory so I can stay up to date on how each person is doing.

You have been very kind and I thank you for that.  I wish you peace and happiness.

 



Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

Post Edited (stkitt) : 5/20/2007 10:50:34 PM (GMT-6)


lawink
Veteran Member


Date Joined Oct 2006
Total Posts : 621
   Posted 5/9/2007 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitt - I'm bumping Bluebird's thread for new members and help for us "old" members in case you haven't seen it yet. It has a wealth of information and links in it.
;o) Linda & Bob
Bob (60) had laproscopic prostate surgery on Sept 27, 2006 - 2/12 malignant biopsy samples - gleason 3 + 3 = 6. Follow up PSA results and pathology results received Nov 14th are NO MORE CANCER! Gleason changed to a 3 + 4; cancer completely confined to prostate; (even a second more aggressive, previously undetected cancer) PSA UNDETECTABLE November 2006 AND February 2007.


Bob also takes Hydroxyurea to control Polycythemia (elevated red & white cells & platelets) has secondary condition . . Myelofibrosis) -- If anyone has experience or knowledge of these, please post us


bluebird
Veteran Member


Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 2542
   Posted 5/14/2007 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi! Kitt,

  :-)   We are pleased to ~

                      Welcome You as “Our” Moderator…. 

 

We are thrilled to know that you will be working with ”Us”

                                           and moderators*7Lil,  *Red-34,  &  djdaz_1985

 

Having our own moderator for the Prostate Forum is wonderful!  Thank you!!  And Special Thanks go to Lil, Sherry, & djdaz for working with us when we had past issues!!!!!  

 

We will not hesitate to ask for your help and guidance with “specific” issues that may/will come up.   There are several areas I’ll be asking you about ~ once we get caught up with all the postings since we’ve been gone!!! Example:  Chat Room  (Chat Monthly Schedule and Specific Nights for Specific Topics Depression, ED, etc…) 

 

We look forward to having you walk beside “all of us” as we traverse the stepping-stones that are placed in front of us.  Each day is a new day and we look forward to each new sunrise together and as we close our eyes at night we know we are not alone.

 

All thoughts and prayers come through loud and clear.  Knowing we have each other to pull strength from ~ gets us through the darkness.

 

Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers.

In New Friendship ~ Lee & Buddy


mama bluebird - Lee & Buddy… from North Carolina

J  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 with "wide excision"

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

2nd PSA 02-06-2007 Less than 0.1 Non-Detectable :)


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/20/2007 10:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Dear Lee and Buddy,
 
Thank you for the warm welcome and I do know how much respect all the members have for you and all the support and effort you put into this forum.
 
I have total respect for what you have accomplished here.  I hope that you will share with me your thoughts and feelings so please don't hesitate to email me.
 
This online support group would not be what it is today if it were not for you. I recognize that and I hope we can work together to continue the wonderful work that has been accomplished among the members.
Again A warm thank you to you and Buddy.
Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


Tony Crispino
Veteran Member


Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8122
   Posted 5/20/2007 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Kitt,
I'm not sure what a moderator should do but I'm glad you are doing it. The value of this site to me is without words. I have to admit to being humbled by these great people. Thank you for your commitment to helping us through these tough times. Of my brethren here we have seen it all in relation to PC. That, and our new friends are learning it. May we all benefit by your contribution.

Tony

Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 5/21/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Kitt
I know at times it is tough making calls on posts and other issues but you will find that soon you will be okay with it

Our positions as Moderators really are just peeps like all else but we do the editing and watching for spam and 'The Cure" posts ...( seems there is that Chinese cure for everything lol)

We do this voluntarily and just to keep forums running smoothly

I am glad you got this position and I know you will be just fine as I did say

Anytime you need help ...HOLLERRRRRR

Luvs ya sis

LYN
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 Way to many meds to put down ..........
 
                   ONE step..Leads to MORE 
                       
 God Bless
   LYN                               
                          
                                  


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/21/2007 7:30 AM (GMT -7)   

Dear Tony,

Thank you for your kind words.

Here is the link to explain the duties of a moderator. yeah

I have pledged to do the very best I can.  I am very proud of Healing Well.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/moderators.aspx

Again, thank you for your caring word. 


Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/21/2007 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Good Morning Lyn,

Thank you for your support as it means a lot to me.  You have tons and tons of experience and you are still here giving of your love and wisdom.

Even a moderator needs a mentor and your kindness is overwhelming.

I am grateful for your encouragement and your friendship.

 


Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter


Howlyncat
Elite Member


Date Joined Jan 2005
Total Posts : 24909
   Posted 5/21/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
No problemo sis
Thats what HW is suppose to be about ..a "Lil Family" and in my yrs here I have alwasy tried to keep the forums I moderate along with the MEMBERS ( like me ) up and in the family mode ............

I am saddened by so mny posts of hurt pain and anguish which I do understand having a few diseases one of which I dont bring to the board but plan too soon

You have a great group of members here I think and I again am glad you took this on
You have to now email the other person about a/p kk ..I did
Luvs ya

Fixing Typos as per norm lol


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Dx with Crohns ,pyoderma gangrenosum ,Anxiety and panic
 Way to many meds to put down ..........
 
                   ONE step..Leads to MORE 
                       
 God Bless
   LYN                               
                          
                                  

Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 5/22/2007 4:07:03 AM (GMT-6)


PianoMan
Regular Member


Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 365
   Posted 5/21/2007 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Kitt.  We all appreciate this forum and especially appreciate someone like you, who is willing to do what it takes to keep it intact, safe and informative.
I'm glad you found us!

54 years old

PSA = First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ‘06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06 (6 out of 8 cores positive), both lobes, Gleason 3+3 = 6

Da Vinci Robotic RP surgery, City of Hope, Jan 12, 2007

Post surgery pathology – Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.

First post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 2/20/07


stkitt
Forum Moderator


Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 32602
   Posted 5/21/2007 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Thank you PianoMan,

You are the man ............I appreciate your special comments and I will try harder to not make mistakes and just be the gaurdian of the site.

Again I take private constructive critism by email and will be glad to dialogue with anyone. Also any requests or ideas you have, I will ceratianly try to see what I can to.

Thank you.


Respectfully
Kitt

Moderator Prostate Cancer
My Father and his 5 siblings all died of Cancer.
______________________________________________________
"If you doubt you can accomplish something, then you can’t accomplish it. You have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.” 
~Rosalyn Carter

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