Advanced Prostate Cancer

Enjoy Every Moment

Hi everyone.

Hard to believe that Christmas is already over. Paul and I hope you had a wonderful time wherever you are in the world and whatever you have been doing over the Christmas.

Paul and I were at home. We listened to great Christmas concerts in front of the Christmas tree, caught up with family and friends all over the world and went out for a long walk at the sea front this morning as it was bright and sunny here today.

We really enjoyed Christmas. It felt very special. And we were able to enjoy every single moment of it.

Tomorrow we will have to go to the hospital to get Paul's bloods done prior to his last Carbo Platin infusion on Thursday.

Paul has been feeling well and no side-effects except for tiredness. It is really great. His body is so so strong.

We will get a scan - CT and bone - early in the new year and then meet with Professor McDermott to decide what to do next.

The talk I posted here recently by Professor McDermott from two years ago was so encouraging for us. He seems so very knowledgeable and not in favour of the one size fits all approach at all. So we will see what he thinks. Maybe a break and then Carbo Platin again? Maybe Docetaxol combined with Carbo so that the bone mets get treated as well? Or perhaps try to go back on the anti-hormone treatments? We will see. But we are both feeling quite hopeful for the new year.

With best wishes to all of you, lots of light, warmth, hope, positive thoughts, health and whatever you wish for yourselves!

Mel and Paul.

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Great to see that you two really enjoyed Christmas. They seem to become very special don't they?

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So nice to hear about your wonderful Christmas ... and the special times you enjoyed together. Glad to hear Paul is doing so well.

May 2018 be a great year for you both, with many more happy memories!

James

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Dear Mel,

I'm really sad that I couldn't first greet you and Paul for the Christmas though I had you in my prayers. Mainly because I don't know how to pick up a name from among the crowd we have in this site. But for a good number of them I could manage to send my greetings because during the last couple of weeks I was busy replying to whatever posts I read. Jackie also appeared in one of them and I could catch her.

So....so...., after quite some time you come as warm as a wind! You can take many 'wows' from us for Paul is dong so very well. Feeling quite strong, tolerating and responding well to a very aggressive treatment. Great! only one more chemo cycle to go. I have read enough about the efficacy of Carboplatin as monotherapy in dealing with PCa metastatized to liver and also the synergistic effect of the combination Docetaxel and Carboplatin as a systemic treatment. I am so happy for Paul receiving the maximum benefit. I am sure Prof. McDermott will do everything within his powers to surprise us and you will tell us that you and Paul are planing for a Honeymoon in the early part of 1018!

I wish you and Paul a very Happy New Year!

Sisira

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Sisira, thank you so much for your warm words. They have really touched our hearts. And a very happy new year to you too.

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Christmas is over? Where the hell was I? hmmmmm

Good Luck and Good Health to all.

j-o-h-n Wednesday 12/27/2017 5:30 PM EST

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Hi M&P, Thanks for your hopeful, joyful post, and all the best for a great 2018 and beyond!

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Sounded like a magical Christmas under the circumstances Mel and Paul. I'm so happy you both shared such a special day.

Wishing, hoping and praying

💖 Jackie

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Thanks for the uplifting news and Gossip Bless for a healthy future. David

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So happy for the two of you! You may call me PollyAnna, but there are some good things that have come from having advanced cancer. This was the second Christmas since I was diagnosed with Stage 4. They have been two of the most joyful ones we have ever had as we take nothing for granted and view every day together as a blessing. While I wish that no one here had cancer, I pray that it focuses everyone to appreciate the gifts of love ones and friends.

Please note that no one here is alone. We are all your brothers and sisters. Even it you are physically by yourself this holiday season,spiritually you are surrounded with those who care and love you!

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We feel that Paul's cancer makes us focus on the really important things in life: family, friends, love and joy. We are trying to live each moment with as much of the above as possible. So, while it is very sad to think that our time together may be limited, it is beautiful to live with so much intensity. This intensity wouldn't be there if we didn't have Paul's illness to constantly remind us.

Warm wishes to all of you, and have a very good start to the new year whatever it is you are doing. I will certainly spend a lot of time today and tomorrow to sit and reflect on the year gone by and pray for a good 2018 for everyone. That is what I do every year.

Mel.each moment with as much of all the above as possible.

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💖🤗💖🤗💖🤗💖🤗

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Wow! Inspirational.. Thank you !

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Thank you for such a warm and wonderful post. Happy holidays to you both..

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