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#573247 - 03/01/20 12:08 AM You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately?  
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Of all the threads I’ve started on here this is by far the most difficult I’ve written. The reason? I have prostate cancer. Well, actually I have Metastasized Prostate Cancer.

About 2 months ago a long time friend of mine that I’ve met for coffee every Thursday for the past 25 or so years told me he had prostate cancer and was going to have his prostate removed. I’m 73 and he’s several years younger than I am. He asked me when the last time I had my PSA checked and I couldn’t honestly tell him.

A quick call to my local VA medical center disclosed that I had my last PSA test done when I was 70. I asked them why they didn’t do it every year when I had my physical done and they hid behind the recommendation of the CDC that says something about not doing them for men over 70. I asked them why and they said they didn’t know, that’s just what the CDC recommends.

Quite frankly, I feel like they let me down. I assumed (Yeah, I know…) they did that every year as part of my blood work. Had they told me they didn’t routinely screen for PSA after a certain age I’d have requested the test be done.

So, I had blood drawn and had a PSA test done and the results were sky high. High enough that they rushed through an approval for the VA to pick up the tab for me to see a urologist. I did, they did another PSA test and confirmed the reading and scheduled me for a CT Scan and MRI so they could determine the extent of the spread of the cancer cells.

So now that we know the cancer cells have spread throughout my body, attaching itself to bones at several locations in this otherwise perfect male specimen, they scheduled me to see an Oncologist.

So here I sit, writing this thread which took several beers before I could bring myself to do it. I’m facing 6 months of chemo treatments, one every 3 weeks. Nobody is predicting this is going to end my life early, in fact the only thing they are predicting at this point is that at the end of the 6 months they’ll reassess how things are going and likely put me on another type of treatment.

The odd thing is that I have ZERO symptoms. No pain, no joint stiffness, nothing. I’m sure after I start the chemo I’ll go through the usual nausea, maybe some vomiting, possible hair loss, but nobody can even say that with any certainty.

The chemo drug(s) are a type of poison designed to kill the cancer cells. That’s the good thing. The bad thing is it’s still a poison and it may wreak havoc on me.

One thing is for certain: I am NOT going to let this kick my butt either mentally or physically. I look at this as a speed bump. I’m going to get over it then get my life back up to speed. There’s just too damn many things I have yet to accomplish in my life.

So, back to the question I posed in the title: When was the last time you had your PSA tested? Don’t let them tell you that because you’ve reached a certain age you don’t need your PSA tested. Bull crap. Get it done. Get it done this spring, and preferably before the next time you check the oil in your boat.

I didn’t write this thread looking for sympathy. That’s now how I roll. I wrote it with the hopes that some of you old farts out there who don’t know when you last had it tested will get your butt in gear and go see your doctor.

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#573248 - 03/01/20 10:21 AM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Not quite sure what to say other than keep in the fight, stay the distance and use every family member as support. Prayers said for you and also your GW. She also needs support.

I have had my PSA tested every year for the last 25 years at work. My last one the had risen to 3 where as usually it is at 1. I was just thinking about finding a new doctor here in TN to have a recheck.

Thanks for the reminder.

Take Care and anything you need email me. I think you still have it.

Mark


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#573249 - 03/01/20 05:35 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks Mark. I will gladly take all the prayers and warm thoughts that people care to give. It's 9 days until my first chemo. I have no idea what to expect except I know I will get through this and get things back on track.

Our club has a cruise up the Snake River to a Corps of Engineers park every spring and fall. I was able to schedule the chemo around the cruise because I just hate to miss it. They're building a house next to us and I've been picking up 2x6 scraps off the junk pile, cutting them up into usable sizes (about 14" long) and boxing them up. GW and I took 5 boxes of them down to the boat today and there are probably enough cut pieces to fill another 6-8 boxes. We usually have a campfire going 24/7 so this will go a long ways toward keeping the home fires lit!

I'll post some pics of that trip so y'all can join us.


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#573250 - 03/01/20 07:55 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Wishing you the best GFC along with a positive outcome.
Thanks for the reminder. I too assumed it was checked on a regular basis. Now I'll ask.


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#573251 - 03/01/20 08:25 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC:
Thanks for your note. It is very good to know, forcing us all to think about taking some action.
Even though I have never met you in person, I consider you one of the good guys.
As far as I know,-last PSA was two years ago and below 1.0. Now, I guess I should get one next time I see the doctor.
Have a great time on your Spring cruise.


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#573252 - 03/01/20 10:49 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Will do Jack. Thanks


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#573253 - 03/02/20 12:07 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Best of luck to you. This is an incredibly beatable cancer and I know you'll be a fighter and kick it's butt.
Shocked at your news, but if there's anything any of us can do to help out I'm sure we'd all jump at the chance..... especially if it means taking Beachcomber out and exercising her engines and running your diesel fuel supply lower.
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#573254 - 03/02/20 12:23 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Hey Justi, Bring the jet of yours my way, pick me up and a few of the other boys and we will all take Beachcomber out. We may even wash her when we are done. Don't be selfish now.

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#573255 - 03/02/20 01:48 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for being open GFC, I'm getting ready to schedule a yearly appointment to get things checked out.

Mark, I'll bring the red wine and some steaks to cook on the grill of Beachcomber.


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#573256 - 03/02/20 10:17 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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OK, you guys just get with me to set the date and I'm in but, OH, after all these years of my preaching about the evils of red wine on Beachcomber, you know if you show up with red wine we'll let you stand on the dock and take photos of us as we depart. d

Now, on a more serious note, as I go through these treatments are you guys interested in hearing how I'm feeling?


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#573257 - 03/02/20 10:18 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I'm so sorry to hear of this but will take your warning to heart. I have an appointment this Thursday and will request a PSA as a result of reading this thread.
Good luck with the journey ahead of you.


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#573258 - 03/02/20 10:27 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted by GoFirstClass

Now, on a more serious note, as I go through these treatments are you guys interested in hearing how I'm feeling?


If it becomes something you want to share, I want to hear it.


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#573259 - 03/02/20 11:11 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC, thanks for sharing, I know it was not easy to write. And yes, you are a big part of the BABC family and we want to know how it is going.

Just let me know the date and I will pack up for the great Beachcomber trip! And as Dave R found out, I am not kidding...


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#573260 - 03/03/20 09:32 AM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: On Holiday]  
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Originally Posted by On Holiday

Mark, I'll bring the red wine and some steaks to cook on the grill of Beachcomber.


At least we know you won't drop them in the water. roflmao

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Now, on a more serious note, as I go through these treatments are you guys interested in hearing how I'm feeling?


I echo Parrot. Only if you want, I will be all ears.

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#573261 - 03/03/20 09:45 AM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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in this otherwise perfect male specimen

It's good to see your sense of humor is still intact during what has to be a stressful time for all involved.

Fight on and thanks for the reminder to get checked, you have a lot of internet friends pulling for you.


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#573262 - 03/03/20 07:57 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: jtheile]  
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Best of luck to you Mike. This makes some of the things happening in my life now seem trivial to what you are dealing with. As usual, your advise and positivity are inspirational.


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#573263 - 03/04/20 12:42 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks, Cap'n. I appreciate your comments.

Joe, that wasn't an example of my sense of humor as much as it was my lack of reality about this perfect male specimen. roflmao


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#573264 - 03/04/20 03:02 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC:
If I were you I would stick to the humor side. (:-)


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#573266 - 03/05/20 12:25 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I only wish this was posted a month later and was one of your April 1st posts however a respectable person wouldn't joke about cancer. Keep the humor and places everything in perspective in what's important in life.


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#573269 - 03/05/20 04:59 PM Re: You check your oil, have you checked your PSA lately? [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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OH, absolutely. The Big C is nothing to joke about. It took me several days after my diagnosis before I could even mention the word.


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