Celebrating Milestones

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Tim G
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   Posted 12/18/2007 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
What do you do to celebrate milestones in your recovery from prostate cancer?  My family is really big on celebrating stuff--little and big.
 
Food seems to be a favorite way that we celebrate. My dearly beloved and I went out for a special dinner when my first PSA came back as non-detectable. 
 
And, believe it or not, on my one-year anniversary of surgery, 6/21/07, I celebrated by donating a pint of blood at the local blood center.
 
I have been a regular blood and platelet donor for many years and was ineligible to donate for one year due to my prostate cancer diagnosis.  
 
It felt great to be one-year cancer free and to be able to help others at the same time.  My own surgery did not require a blood transfusion, but many do need blood.  
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


myman
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   Posted 12/18/2007 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
What a wonderful idea, Tim! Just think if we all did that how many people could be helped. Wow!

Have a great Christmas,
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
3 mo. PSA Post LRP Surgery: 11.8, 12.9, 13.9 Bone scan, CT scan, Endorectal MRI, Chest XR - neg.
09/06/06: 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
09/05/07: PSA 0.1
11/27/07: PSA 0.1


Doting Daughter
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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   

What a great post Tim!  It's nice to think of ways to celebrate.  My dad celebrates with steak :)  Since his dx he is down to red meat once a week, so a steak is a real treat for him!  I'm curious to hear other ways that people celebrate too! I plan on many future celebrations with my father! 

All the best,

Chayna


Father's Information
DX July 15, 2007
Age 62 (now 63)
PSA 5.5
Original Gleason 3+4=7 
Post Surgery Gleason- 4+3=7
DaVinci Surgery Aug 31, 2007
Focally Positive Right Margin
One positive node
Bone Scan/CT Negative (Sept. 10, 2007)
T3a N1 M0
Oct. 17 PSA 0.07
Nov. 13 PSA 0.05
Casodex adm. Nov 07
Lupon beg. Dec 03, 2007 2 yr
Radiation soon to follow
 
 


PianoMan
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   Posted 12/18/2007 10:28 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm not a year out of surgery yet, but I remember at the beginning of my journey, when my wife and I got the news from my Uro. that my CT and bone scans were clear, it was about 9:30 in the morning.  When we were driving home from the Drs. office at about 10:00 a.m., we saw a 24-7 bar & restaurant we hadn't been to in years.  We went in and had breakfast and a couple of double Grey Goose Bloody Marys.  Best breakfast I've ever had!!  I intend to take her back there for my 1-year anniversary --at 10 in the morning.


D.O.B - 8/9/52

PSA: First ever was 9.8 in late Oct. ā€˜06, two weeks later, 10.1

DRE: Negative

Biopsy results 11/22/06.  Both lobes involved.  Six out of eight cores positive - from 100 percent to 90, to 60, to 50, two 20s and two zeros.

Gleason 3+3 = 6

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

Post surgery pathology ā€“ Organ confined, Gleason still 6, margins clear.  Volume of tumor much less than biopsy suggested.  12 percent overall.

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

Second post-surgery PSA -- Undetectable, 9/11/07


IdahoSurvivor
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   Posted 12/18/2007 11:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi TimG,
 
Thanks for starting the topic.
 
Now I'm embarrased to say how I celebrate, because your anniversary celebration was so philanthropic.  I like to celebrate by eating something that I don't normally eat.  I am a big fan of good pancakes.  I'm going to fix up a batch of pancakes soon and celebrate my six month anniversary by sharing with my family.  tongue
 
In friendship,
 
Idaho

"Idaho" ~ Barry

 

Da Vinci Surgery July 31, 2007ā€¦ 54 on surgery day
PSA 4.3  Gleason 3+3=6  T2a  Confined to Prostate

1st PSA  9/11/2007   <0.04 (undetectable)

2nd PSA 12/10/2007  <0.04

My web site: http://pca-info.blogspot.com


dawgfan
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   Posted 12/19/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for donating. I am not allowed due to hypoglycemia, so it is great that people like you do. Your milestone celebration is a fine idea. I'll have to mention this to my wife and we will have to do something memorable on these occasions. Here's hoping we all run out of ideas because there are so many milestones!
Diagnosed 8/24/06
Gleason 6
PSA 3.32
stage T1C
age 48
da Vinci on 10/20/06
Last PSA Oct '07 = ZERO
Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Friend
"Never miss a good chance to listen."
 


JCL
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   Posted 12/19/2007 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   

Great topic. First we say a prayer of thanks, and then my wife and I celebrate by going out to a nice restaurant and include a bottle red wine with our dinner. Iā€™m going in tomorrow for my third post-op PSA test so I hope we have something to celebrate after Christmas.


Age: 49
Diagnosed: March 25, 2007
PSA: 3.0
Biopsy: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.
DaVinci Surgery: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida. Surgery took one hour and 45 minutes. According to my surgeon, everything went textbook and the prostate peeled away nicely.
Post-op Pathology Report: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.
Continence: Out of the pads at five weeks. Still have some very minor stress incontinence at times but it's not an issue. Still Kegel every day and will continue to do so.
Erections: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.
1st Post-op PSA: <0.1 2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1
Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.
 
 
 


James C.
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   Posted 12/19/2007 7:14 AM (GMT -7)   

I haven't gotten far enough along to set up an traditions yet.  My appointments are always at 2pm, too late for lunch and too early for supper, but I suppose I need to figure something to do to note the occasion.

I was an 8 year blood donor, every 56 days like clockwork, until my biopsy.  I haven't donated since and was wondering what the limits were for being able to do so after surgery and a "clean" test.  Guess I need to call the center and find out.  Thanks for the reminder.


James C. 
 
Help support the forums so they can support you:  http://www.healingwell.com/donate 
 
Age 60 
4/19/07   PSA 7.6, referred to Urologist, recheck 6.7 06/05/07
7/11/07   Biopsy- 16 core samples, size of gland around 76 cc. Staging pT2c
7/17/07   Path report:  3 of 16 PCa, 5% involved, left lobe , GS 3/3:6. 
9/24/07   Retropubic Radical Prostatectomy performed 
9/26/07   Post-op Path Report: GS 3+3=6 Staging pT2c, 110gms, margins clear
10/15/07  ED- 25mg Viagra nightly-no joy 
10/19/07  Dry 24 hrs, pad at night just in case
11/15/07  ED-continue 25mg Viagra, no response, begin Vacorect pump-
11/15/07  1st PSA-0.01, fully continent- no pads
12/17/07  ED- 3 mts.-continue Viagra and pump-no change-no response


Tim G
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   Posted 12/19/2007 8:59 AM (GMT -7)   
James C. said...

I was an 8 year blood donor, every 56 days like clockwork, until my biopsy.  I haven't donated since and was wondering what the limits were for being able to do so after surgery and a "clean" test.  Guess I need to call the center and find out.  Thanks for the reminder.

James--There is a one-year ineligibility after prostate cancer treatment (surgery, brachytherapy, etc.) per FDA regulations. Once 12 months have passed without treatment or cancer recurrence, it's ok to donate again. 
I also donate platelets--often needed by cancer patients--which have a shelf life of only 5 days v. 42 days for red cells.  I signed up for a donation this Sunday, the 23rd, because they are always scrambling to keep supplies up over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
I started donating blood after returning from Vietnam War service.  It's easy to do and helps others.


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


FLHW(David E)
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   Posted 12/23/2007 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Being that I will never celebrate "X years cancer free" my wife and I look for any other reason to celebrate.
Any PSa that goes down, every month I avoid chemo or DES or whatever my next step is?
We had a wonderful dinner with our 11 year old son the other night, then walked around Kansas City's "Country Club Plaza" and enjoyed the Christmas Lights. We enjoyed hot chocolate and just watched the people come and go.

Don't wait for opportunities to celebrate they'll never come, find them, seek them, make them!
Dx'd 2/18/05
PSA 219, bone mets, lymph node involvement
Gleason Score: 7
Current (12-03-07)
PSA: 21
Lupron, Keto, Avodart

Personal Blog:
prostatecancerat42.blogspot.com
www.flhw.org


JCL
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   Posted 12/23/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like a grand evening. Little things like that mean the world to me now, and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

Diagnosed
: March 25, 2007


Biopsy
: Gleason 6. Five of twelve core samples positive with <5% each. No perineural invasion seen.

: May 21, 2007 at Florida Hospital, Orlando, Florida.

<FONT color=red>Post-op Pathology Report
: Upgraded to Gleason 7 (3+4), negative margins, negative capsular penetration, negative seminal vesicles, lymph nodes left intact, multifocal perinural invasion, 15% of prosate involving cancer in both lobes.


Erections
: Yes! With the assistance of Cialis.

: <0.1 <FONT color=red>2nd Post-op PSA: <0.1

<FONT color=red>Family history: My Father had his prostate removed at age 67 in 1997 and has had a <0.1 PSA for the past 10 years. I was diagnosed at a much earlier age and had a more agressive cancer than my father. Go figure.

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