Many of you have heard of Michael Milken. He is a billionaire who was caught up in the white collar savings and loan and SEC scandals in the 80's. I am not hear to provide testimony to his crimes, but rather to mention him as I know him. I was installing phone systems in the early 80's and did his headquarters at Columbia Savings and Loan in 1982. I had to train him on how to use his telephone. I was 21 years old and naive as to who this gentleman was. I later heard about
the S&L crisis and his involvement and thought "wow that was a dirty guy".
I was wrong.
Here's his story with prostate cancer...Gleason 9, positive DRE, PSA 24, multiple lymph node involvement. He was told 12 to 18 months. I saw him in the booth of a Angels/Dodgers baseball game yesterday and he is matching every dollar donated by Major League Baseball this year. He also started the Milken foundation back in 1982 dedicated to cancer research. When he mentioned that he was diagnosed when he was 47, that really rang a bell and made me research this. It was in 1993 that his diagnosis was made. Stage IV. 14 years ago. And still going fine. He has written a book on surviving prostate cancer. I just ordered it. For all of us advanced prostate cancer people...this man is inspirational and has dedicated his life to using his influence to get the proper attention to prostate cancer research.
Say what you will about the history of him, for today he has provided me the strongest hope that I will survive this and it is possible to beat the odds at ANY stage of this disease. I highly recommend that you read about him at www.mikemilken.com.
He was nice to meet, even better to read about.
PSA was 19.8
Stage pT3b (stage III)
Gleas 7 (4+3)
Prostate removed 2/16
PSA now 0.0
HT, Radiation in progress.
Post Edited (TC-LasVegas) : 6/16/2007 9:56:27 PM (GMT-6)