Positive Things or Blesings that have Happened to you Since You got Prostste Cancer

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56pontiac
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 230
   Posted 7/21/2007 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I thought I would start a post for those of us that have had or still have prostate cancer to share any good thing that as come about because of prostate cancer. I'll start with just a few of my own.
 
1. I found this forum when I needed help and advise in my darkest hour. I found real people with real true stories that really cared about me. I am now one of those people and I care about other people more than I ever did before.
 
2. I found out how much my wife and my family and friends loved me.
 
3. I found a deeper intimacy both physical and mental with my wife than at any other time in our 37 years of marriage.
 
4. I have a fresh new appreciation for life and each day is a gift.
 
5. I now really realize I am not going to live here forever and the beliefs and faith taught to me as a youth (which I conveniently had placed on the back burner for many years) are proving to be true on a daily basis.
 
If you have experienced any blessings or positive experience because of PC please share it.

lakeman
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 9
   Posted 7/21/2007 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I have found out there are a lot of people who cares about
your health and will do anything to help out.

broker59
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Date Joined Apr 2007
Total Posts : 88
   Posted 7/21/2007 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   
tongue  56Pontaic:
 
First car was a 56 Plymouth Belveder, push button transmission, no stick!
 
Could not agree more with your conclusions.  The outpouring of love, and support from people you would least expect, does move you to tears.  You REALLY do cherish every day, and get together with children, and close friends. I was out at a cancer center, very, very heart breaking how different cancers kill our loved ones.  I am optomistic that this monster will someday be defeated.
 
I will be celebrating my 37 anniversity this year, and the support of my wife in this struggle brings to mind the vows we made many years ago.  Love is really defined by obstacles.
 
This board has been OUTSTANDING! I have recommended it to new PC victims.  It makes up a WONDERFUL extended family.
 
P.S. I've noticed that when you meet your friends now they are quick to hug you, how GREAT  is that!!
 
My BEST to ALL!!!
 
Bert
Broker 59


Date of Dx 3/20/07

PSA: 2.5

Gleeson: 3+4

Stage: T2

Bone Scan Clean

Date of Surgery: 6/21/07  Open RP
 
Post Opp: ALL NEGATIVE margins & L/N, S/V.
Cath out after 18 days = BIG RELIEF!!!


Cedar Chopper
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Date Joined Mar 2007
Total Posts : 432
   Posted 7/21/2007 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Friends,
 
Answering this question is like painting the Brooklyn Bridge...
   NOTE:
   I first came to this site at my Physicians' (Karnik & Shaw) insistance.
     ( A link provided when one google's one of their names)
   I stayed to learn and to share what I learned


"What good things have come about because of my battle with cancer?"

The answer is:

56 Pontiac, Gene, Maldugs, TC-Las Vegas Tony, Same-As-U, mvesr, JBuck,

JCL, Strictly Inc., Pasayten, 2-Busy-Mom, Prostrate Veteran, Gator7,

Medlaw, Ehud, pcdave, Ben Echo 10, Fralink34, Biker90, Maziekss,

CVK Vickie, JLH, debib, Veteran1, MrsT., ran700, Spinbiscuit Glen,

Ginjer, Pianoman, Aztec1958, SRQ, Eric2, razorsharp, jcs,

naimnut, 41diagnosed, daveed, oldfordlover, Bobsmom, AEG, Roslin,

Dutchy & Dutchess, jetguy Bill, tanja777, jahadub, Pelahatchie, Rufus, BigEd68,

Lakeman, SueBee, Magaboo, kdnole, Myman Susan, LenaGr, Creed__Three Aussie,

Lawlink, Anniea, HIFU, New Journey, IzzyBlizzy Tanya, kw Welder, rek3283,

DanielleS, Aviator, EBOZ, Just Julie , Broker 99, wamba200, Trey 1121,

Kingsport, Rickard Sweden, Survivor GONNAbe, Mariateresa, norskie, bob57, KZIZ,

EBO2, .  (and the first two postings I read were by:)

Swim and  Bluebird Lee & Buddy…….

And this is just some of the members from the most recent FOUR pages of threads.
I keep all of you - (all of you "poster children" all of the way to the first post on the first page) - in a special place in my heart.

CCedar
ICTHUS


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?


spinbiscuit
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 818
   Posted 7/21/2007 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi to all,

I could not agree more 56Pontiac , broker59, Cedar Chopper, lakeman, and can only add this: as serious as PCa may seemed to have been; coming to this wonderful family of friends has also allowed me to laugh & smile at some of the funny stories as well...Just when I needed it the most. Humor in the face of fear & anxiety is powerful medicine indeed.

Many thanks,

Glen
Diagnosed at age 60
PSA went from 2.2 to 3.8 in 14 months
2 of 14 cores positive at 10%
Gleason 6(3+3), negative DRE, neg. boundaries
DaVinci surgery on 02/23/06
 


myman
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 1219
   Posted 7/21/2007 3:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Since I post for Don & myself I have to share what we've both learned...here goes:

How weak we can be.
How strong we are.

How pessimestic we can be.
How optmistic we are.

How lonely we can be.
How family & friends are there for us.

How little we knew.
How much we've learned.

That time and the value of it is priceless.

Our best to all who find themselves here.

Thanks for making me think about how far we've come, 56Pontiac.
Cedar Chopper - it's an honor!

Susan & Don
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
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 Distant lymph node involvement Start HT Lupron 3 mo. shots
12/06/06: PSA 0.8
03/07/07: PSA 0.3
06/06/07: PSA 0.1


Tony Crispino
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Date Joined Dec 2006
Total Posts : 8122
   Posted 7/21/2007 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
All of you...(same thing Cedar says but with less typing)....:-)

Tony

jetguy
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Date Joined Sep 2006
Total Posts : 741
   Posted 7/22/2007 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Same as Tony (even less typing). And as my bride says, "Time, precious time."

Bill
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. 


drmartin
Regular Member


Date Joined May 2007
Total Posts : 42
   Posted 7/23/2007 7:56 AM (GMT -7)   
All the above!!

Plus..I have learned how many men are ignorant to that facts of Prostate Cancer.
So now I have made it my crusade to educate whoever I meet to the facts, so they will not have to go through the journey we all have traveled.

Awesome posts to all!!

David
Age: 52

11/10/2006

PSA 10.2 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Doctor

Referred to Urologist Surgeon specialist

Free and total PSA - 10.9

Biopsy ( sent to John Hopkins pathology) - 2 of 16 positive on left and right apex of prostate

Left - GS 3+3=6, Right - GS 3+3=6

Davinci assisted laparoscopy radical prostatectomy on Apr. 17, 2007 -Complications due to extreme unusual size of prostate. Normal Prostate = 20 to 31 grams. Mine = 120 grams (not enlarged, but genetic growth large)

Nerves on right side spared.

All Lab's clear. No Cancer outside prostate

Cystogram Apr. 24 2007- Slight leakage at anastomosi negligible.

Catheter in for 1 week Removed Apr. 24, 2007

May 30th, First post-op PSA results...Non-Detectable!


wamba2000
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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 25
   Posted 7/23/2007 9:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Great responses guys!
 
For me, I found the following blessings:
- Got to see how my family rallied around to support and care for me, even a couple of self-centered teens (aren't most teens self centered?)
- Felt the affect of many prayers and the support from my church community
- Had time to re-prioritize the things we deal with in daily life, sorting through all the "noise" that distracts us and focus on the thing sthat are important.
- Deepened my love for my spouse, as she showed her love and support of me through the whole surgery and recovery phase.  Made sure I didn't try to do too much, too fast!
 
- Got to find this Board and the wonderful caring people within.
 
I'm sure I will say more blessings as time goes by, but I am thankful for all the blessings I have received so far.
Age: 56
PSA: 4.1 (first test) 4.2 (second test)
Gleason: 6, cancer found in both sections of prostate
Surgery: Open RP on 5/1/07
Pathology: All contined with the gland, no spread
Catheter out: 5/15/07
Incontinence: at 10 weeks to one pad per day
ED: slowly getting better
First Post-Surgery PSA: set for 8/6/07
 
 
Spread the word to men you know or meet: See your doctor. Have a PSA test early.

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