personal health milestone reached...

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by CliffA, Nov 20, 2017.

  1. CliffA

    CliffA Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Dec 29, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    2001 Sea Ray 340DA
    Name: 'Happy Place'
    4.5kW West. Generator
    Purchased Nov. 2014
    Fresh Water Use
    Twin Merc. 6.2L (MPI)
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drive Transmissions
    i believe a good portion of the members on CSR are men over age 50 so I thought I would post some good news from a personal standpoint that they can identify with and possibly be encouraged by.....

    in November 2012 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer....during my routine yearly physicals we noticed my PSA count was rising quickly over a two year period but the count never went over 4 which is considered to be normal....but the 'velocity' of the PSA rise was enough to get my general Dr. concerned so I had a biopsy showed early stage 3 cancer with a gleason score of 6 (3+3)....I was not having any symptoms and have no family history of prostate cancer and no lump was felt so as you can imagine this came as a shock to me....

    I had robotic surgery done in January 2013 to remove my prostate....the prostate was examined and there were positive margins where it was possible that some of the cancer cells were outside of the gland....pretty disheartening news to say the least....

    but I have had many follow-up visits with the surgeon and many PSA test performed and I am very lucky to be able to report that the PSA test show 'undetectable' levels of PSA for 5 years.....

    so technically I have 'beaten' prostate cancer but there is always a chance it could return...

    I just thought I would post this personal story to encourage any other members that may be battling this problem or know someone that is and let you know there is hope even if things don't look great at first....

    you just have to keep the faith....

    I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving Holiday....I know mine will have special meaning this year....

    OllieC, Espos4, Woody and 3 others like this.
  2. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    Congrats Cliff...That's one battle you hope you never have to fight. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.
  3. keokie

    keokie Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2006
    2002 310 Sundancer, Westerbeke 4.5 Genset
    496's, Bravo III's, 2.2:1 Gears
    That's great news, Cliff. Life is precious.
  4. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    My hats off to you Cliff and congrats
  5. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    Congratulations. Puts everything else in perspective on this Thanksgiving holiday.

  6. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    Awesome Cliff!
    The story is appreciated. I hit 50 in about 4 months.
  7. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    Good news Cliff - I had no idea. I do understand the watching though - there is a history of prostate cancer and cancer in general in my family. I've been getting probed pretty regularly for years.

    Guys, get those physicals (glove and all) and don't ignore your Dr. when they start talking about colonoscopies - I've had 3 so far, they really aren't that bad - and definitely a lot better than the conditions they are trying to detect early..
  8. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    Congrats Cliff!

    I am working on becoming a "survivor" myself after my routine colonoscopy detected rectal cancer. I have had one round of chemo/radiation and had the tumor surgically removed. I am about to start a final round of chemo. I cannot wait to be declared "cancer free"!

    And now I can honestly say "that I no longer a perfect a$$hole"...

  9. northshore

    northshore Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jan 17, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    1989 340 Sundancer
    Raymarine E90W Radar/Chartplotter
    Twin 454 Mercruiser 340's
    But you can say you are working hard to getting back to perfect a$$hole status!

    Best of luck Steve - along with thoughts and prayers.
  10. Mikemapva

    Mikemapva Member

    Aug 6, 2007
    Potomac River, VA
    2001 Chaparral Signature 300
    Twin 5.0 Volvo DPs with 7KW Kohler
    Cliff, congratulations! That is great news!
  11. JVM225

    JVM225 Well-Known Member

    Apr 8, 2008
    Farmingdale, NY
    2002 410 Sundancer, Monaco Edition.
    3126 Cats.
    That’s great news! I’m still battling the big C myself after being diagnosed in December of 13 with a tumor in my stomach I had it removed on New Year’s Eve that year. There is still another one in there that is too small to go after, but regular scans and the cancer drug that my Oncologiat has me on seems to be keeping everything at bay nearly 4 years later.
    HUMPH likes this.
  12. bbwhitejr

    bbwhitejr Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 14, 2013
    Lake Lanier GA
    2007 44DB
    Cummins QSC 8.3s
    Excellent news and very happy for you! I have my yearly check ups and so far, so good. My wife is a cancer survivor and is 6.5 years cancer free, though she will take a pill for the rest of her life. As was stated earlier...we are not guaranteed tomorrow.

  13. GoFastr

    GoFastr Cool Runnings GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 20, 2016
    Cayman Islands
    2003 Sea Ray 270 SunDeck MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
    Tow: 2012 Ford F150 Raptor SVT
    Mercruiser MX 6.2L MPI w/Bravo III
  14. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    Good job on beating the Big C Cliff. My dad had prostate cancer and at his age (90's) they told him they wouldn't do anything about it. But I get probed every year at my physical and have had 3 colonoscopies. Not fun but the worst part is the junk they make you drink to clean you out.

    The doc told me when I started drinking it not to leave the house. Boy, was that ever an understatement. I was afraid to get off the can.

    It's worth it though. So far, so good.
  15. sdarc

    sdarc Active Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Piedmont NC
    Great to hear Cliff. My brother is a survivor. I get checked every 6 mos and have had 2 rounds of butt pics. And yes the prep is the worst part.
  16. paulswagelock

    paulswagelock Well-Known Member

    Oct 25, 2010
    2018 SDX 270 OB 300 Verado
    Verado 300
    great news.
  17. Gimme Time

    Gimme Time Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jan 7, 2007
    Charlottesville, VA./ Deltaville, VA
    2006 52SB, Ray Marine E120, Garmin 7612 through BOE site sponsor,
    lost my oldest sister at 56 with Colorectal Cancer that was found to late in 2006. I have a 37 year old nephew whom was found to have stage four colorectal cancer three years ago and The Nashville hospital sent him to Duke medical center as there are supposed to be one of the tops in this country for such. He know lives in California and has check ups every three months and so far is clean.

    I hit 63 next month and have a colonoscopy every five years as it’s in our family genes. My children as well as all nieces & nephews were advised to start the process at thirty years old now because of the fam8ly history. Fortunately nothing showing up anywhere but we all need to stay on top of it as I lost a doc mate last year to prostrate cancer way to young.

    I’ve done the great loop, headed back to KW this winter till April and enjoying life better than I deserve as tomorrow may never come for some of us. Live life to the best of your ability as it is a prescious gift taken away far to soon for many. Wishing all a very Happy Thankdgiving and let’s go boating !
    Steve S likes this.
  18. Steve S

    Steve S Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 5, 2007
    Northern IL.
    2000 400 Sedan Bridge with twin CAT 3116's

    2000 340 Sundancer - SOLD!
    210 Monaco 1987 - SOLD!
    Twin Caterpillar 3116's 350 HP straight drives
    My sentiments exactly! That is why I decided to quit waiting until I retired and bought my 400 Sedan Bridge now. I am planning on doing the Great Loop also.
    Do you stay on the water in KW? If so where?

  19. Woody

    Woody Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 20, 2007
    N. Wisconsin/Lk Superior
    2005 420DA
    Cummins 6CTA8.3
    Congrats to you guys beating up on the big C.

    My brother didn't do as well, he died at 56 from a melanoma. He never knew he had a problem until it was too late.

    Given how we all like to spend our time(and money) boating don't forget sun exposure. It was something I hadn't given much thought until then.
  20. Espos4

    Espos4 Active Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Great news Cliff!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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