Posted 12/18/2007 9:03 AM (GMT -7)
I don't wear one for the simple reason that it's uncomfortable to wear things on my wrists--even my watch. That said, I try never to miss an opportunity to talk to men(family,friends, or strangers) or women (family, friends) about prostate cancer and the importance of regular testing (PSA,DRE).  Despite what the medical organizations do or do not recommend, my strong opinion is that testing and early diagnosis saves lives.  Period!

Age 59 PSA 2.6 (Quadrupled in one year) Gleason 5
Bilateral nerve-sparing RRP 6/21/06
Cancer confined to prostate, post-op PSA's non-detectable

Posted 12/18/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)

I got my wristband earlier this month from a friend at church. He had been wearing one for months without me even knowing it. He is wearing it to show support for me. Very cool. He gave me a pack of 12. They are almost gone. They act as a conversation starter. When people see it they want to know what the color stands for. We then can talk.

It still amazes me as to the lack of understanding or knowledge that the general public has concerning PCa. Just yesterday, a reporter on a local radio station reporting on Dan Fogelbergs death seemed surprised that someone could die from PCA. I know that she will have a better understanding when she opens my e-mail to her with some cruel facts. 

Wear the wristbands and spread the word.

War Eagle to all.


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 4.8 8/2007
PSA 4.9 9/2007
PSA 5.4 10/07
PSA 6.4 11/07 started with new lab PSA 5.49
PSA 6.34 12/2007
Radiation started on bone meds 12/2007
 
"I will persist without exception - I will find a way where there is no way"

Posted 12/18/2007 1:17 PM (GMT -7)
I got mine from the Prostate Cancer Foundation (prostatecancerfoundation.org). At the time, they were 10 for $10; I'd think they must be about the same price now. They are pretty durable - I have worn just one since my surgery, which was well over 1 year ago.

I you want one of mine, shoot me an email...
____________________

Prostate cancer diagnosed: May 15, 2006 (age 40)
Gleason score: pre-surgery 3+3=6; post-surgery 3+4=7
daVinci radical prostatectomy: July 25, 2006
size of tumor: approx 1.1 inches; negative margins from surgery

- number of pads/day at 3 months after surgery: 3 to 5
- number of pads/day at 4 months after surgery: 1 to 2
- number of pads/day at 6-12 months after surgery: 0 to 1

- 1st post-surgery PSA: 0 (Nov 2006); 2nd post-surgery PSA: 0 (Feb 2007)
- 3rd post-surgery PSA: 0 (May 2007); 4th post-surgery PSA: 0 (June 2007)

The search for timber: took Viagra/Cialis approx. every other day, ErecAid once a day, injections. Peyronie's diagnosed 7/5/07. Now on daily Cialis, L-arginine and pentoxyfylline. Peyronies has stabilized and significantly reversed.

- PGE1 batting average: .364 (4 for 11)
- Bimix batting average: .545 (5 for 9)
- Trimix batting average: .500 (1 for 2)

"Lost in the valley without my horses, no one can tell me what my remorse is..."

Posted 12/19/2007 2:21 PM (GMT -7)
Just ordered some as well as some pins to share. I know too many people who have been touched by prostate cancer, but also too many who know little or nothing about it.
Posted 12/20/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)
I just ordered 10...and I will be wearing one, once they arrive.  The rest are to friends and family...and fellow survivors where I work. :-)
Posted 12/20/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)
This is a good thread. Good job Strictlyinc. Awareness starts with us. For my thoughts on it you can go my blog at www.caringbridge.org/visit/tonycrispino and click on "Journal" at the top and look for the captioned "Blue Ribbons, Blue Wrist Bands, Blue Skies...". I do get asked about the ribbon which is actually a small pin shaped as a ribbon. Interesting results.

Tony
Age 45 (44 when Dx)
Pre-op PSA was 19.8
Surgery on Feb 16, 2007
Post-Op Pathology was poor: Gleason 4+3=7, 4 positive margins, Stage pT3b (Stage III)
HT began in May, '07 with Lupron and Casodex 50mg
IMRT radiation for 38 Treatments ending August 3, '07
 
My PSA did drop out after surgery to undetectable.  It has not returned and I will continue HT until January '08.
 
My Life is supported very well by family and friends like you all.
 
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STAY POSITIVE!

Posted 12/23/2007 6:34 PM (GMT -7)
I put one on the day it arrived. It has NEVER been taken off. I had to get a little snippy with a Dr. once who tried to removed it!!!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (11-17-07)
PSA: 23
Lupron, Keto, Avodart

www.flhw.org

Posted 1/8/2008 9:29 AM (GMT -7)

...and as a follow-up, my blue bands came in, and I've been wearing one ever since.  I gave one to my pastor and another church bud...and one to my middle daughter.

 

As an aside, I had my first post-surgery PSA test results come back today:  0.004. :-)

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