Sorry to all, had to take a break.

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   Posted 7/30/2007 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope that all is going well with everyone.  Mama, Jet, Biker, Pasay, KW, and all the others, I have missed you.  Needed to take a break and concentrate on Kurt and boys, (children that is, well, and the other boys lol).  Still struggling with ED issues, but dry for quite a while.  Still wears attends pad on occasion, just in case.  It is hard to fix ED issue when 2 kids in house. And both of us hate pump.  Kurt is very reluctant to try either the suppository or the injection.  Going to Christies Toy Box tomorrow with a friend.  Will keep all posted.  Sorry again to all.  I have truly missed this family.  Hope all is well.  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! 
1st PSA Post OP  Undetectable!!!!!!  OFF THE CHART
2nd CT scan, to recheck enlarged lymph nodes not related to PCa NO CHANGE relook in 6 months

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   Posted 7/30/2007 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   

   tongue Hey Courtney & Kurt,


Summer break is here…. and we new you’d be extra busy!! Don’t be sorry Courtney… we must all continue to move forward… and begin to get back to a new norm : )


We’ve kept you close and always will ~ and we know you’ve felt our thoughts and prayers.

Keep moving forward dear friend and know we will “all”ways be here.

Thank you so much for touching base ~ this is exactly what we needed.   yeah  


This “Hugs”  for you!!!

In 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

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

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


Cedar Chopper
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   Posted 7/31/2007 5:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Courtney & Kurt,

It is good to hear from you and that you are doing well.
Two boys in the house and fighting E.D.? 
Reminds me of an old song "... you can't touch my three-lock box...."  ;-)

The pump is a hassle and far from mood enhancing. 
Still, using it as just a daily calesthenic exercise will speed recovery to normalcy.

All my best to you and your family.

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:)
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Tony Crispino
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   Posted 7/31/2007 12:15 PM (GMT -6)   
We missed ya!

But glad to hear things are well. Keep up the zeros and expect us to always be here for you.


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   Posted 7/31/2007 7:14 PM (GMT -6)   

Dear Courtney,

Many (most?) of us need a break.  Don't feel bad about it, your participation here has been wonderful and helpful.  One of the reasons we want to be cured and functional is that we may once again live life with our families and friends.  Welcome back to the world.



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. 

M. Kat
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   Posted 7/31/2007 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Courtney - I know exactly what you mean. you get busy with that thing called life. We do get good results from the pump, but Jeff doesn't like to use it that often, and won't consider injections. oh well. we have fun anyway. it's good to hear that all is well in your house. kat
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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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 8/1/2007 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Courtney, don't feel guilty about not checking in when you're busy. Just concentrate on all the good things and pop in when you can. (We do miss you!)
Husband age 66
PSA on 5/1/06: 4.2 (had doubled in 13 mos. and rising monthly)
DaVinci Surgery 8/2/06 - Austin, TX w/Dr. Randy F.A.G.I.N.
T2a (at biopsy)
At pathology - cancer cell leakage into fatty tissue
Post-Surgical PSA on 10/3/06 - undetectable!
Update: 11/1/06 - perhaps bladder neck involvement; 30%-50% chance of recurrence
Future: PSA tests twice-yearly for now - Next one: 4/17/07

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   Posted 8/1/2007 11:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Courtney,

None of it is easy, however really nice to hear from you. If you search through a few back posts there are some brilliant conversations about the complexity of ED, pumps, injections and advice from Tamu, Swim, Cedar Chopper & B & B (among others) and a few new ideas re. alternating medications. It is hard when on average couples get many more decades of life in, before dignosis than us who are diagnosed at an earlier age. There are good and difficult things about early diagnosis too, which you would not know unless you had been there. I hope Kurt continues to do well in all ways. Cedar's posts are particularly hopefully and therapeutic in terms of strategies. We have exactly the same problems with kids! Good luck and keep well. Lots of love to you and yours. Lana
Lana posting for husband CJ (49 years). First PSA 3.5 (Nov 06). Open Radical Prostatectomy on Tuesday 17th April 2007. Gleeson 3 + 4 = 7. Confined to prostate. PSA 0.01 (June 07)

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   Posted 8/1/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Courtney and Kurt, I know what you mean. I have been busy working around the house and not posting or chatting much. Still would like to have you all out to play golf at Tinker. I think they are finally catching up with the mowing! Going to the PGA in Tulsa so maybe sometime after that we can get together.

Not sure which would be worse the ED or the leaking. I guess we all have our own problems to deal with.

Nice to hear from you,
    PSA 5.7 - Discovered during Annual Physical with Family Practice Dr.
    Gleason 7
    Biopsy - 3 of 12 positive (up to 75%) all on left side of prostate
    RRP on Oct. 17, 2006 - Nerves on right side saved.
    All Lab's clear.  No Cancer outside prostate
    Cathiter in for 3 weeks due to complications in healing. Removed Nov. 9, 2006
    First Post op PSA on Dec. 11, 2006  Undetectable 0.00
    Office visit on Jan. 19th due to continued excessive urine leakage.
    Feb.20th Cystoscope and 2nd Post Op PSA. Another 0.00.....:)
    Dr. said everything looks fine.  Continue to work Kegeal's. Leaking appears to have improved  after Cystoscope?!?!?!  Down to 3-4 pads per day!
    March 1st  Leaking has crept back up to 6 - 8 pads a day ??????? 
    March 8th Started Detrol LA to see if it helps with the leaking?
    March 29th Collagen injection into sphincter / bladder neck area to control excessive leaking.  Worked for a couple of days then back to leaking.
    April 17th (Six Months Post Op) 2nd Collagen Injection to control excessive leaking.  Leaking started back next day at work!
    May 14th Second Opinion about my leaking and Options at OU Medical Center.  After reviewing my records the Dr. feels I will probably need some surgical intervention to stop my leaking.  But did agree to try Bio-Feedback and work hard on the Kegeal's first!
    May 30th Follow up with my Dr. and 3rd Post Op PSA 0.00 agian!!!
    June 1st Start Bio-Feedback to try to control my leaking.

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   Posted 8/2/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Breaks can be a good thing... :-) we all need them sometimes. It's easy to forget we have lives on the "outside" and we're needed by others. But it's always good to

come back here, isn't it?

Since you mentioned your shopping trip now you have to let us know how things worked out! devil

all the best to you both,
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