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Living La Vida Loca...Cancer/Chemo/Banana Trees & Miracles

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well....(deep subject)...

my PSA has gone up (again) and is now ALMOST 1000. It's 980.0

My platelets having dropped to 6,000.

I was prepared to argue with my oncologist about doing the chemo (Jevtana) that she has me scheduled for again on Thursday...but, alas...

there was no argument. She concurred that I need to let my body have more time to "rest" and "heal" from the treatments...and hopefully regain my bone marrow's ability to create blood....platelets, hemoglobin, white cells, red cells, etc.

so I am on "holiday" from treatment for a while...only going in twice a week for blood work and transfusions with platelets and whole blood when needed.

After I recover (hopefully) I will (as we see it now) begin treatment with Ztiga. She had had a meeting of the brains with my former oncologist and he and she agreed this might be my best move forward. I am still overwhelmed with my belief in "Ediam"~~every day is a miracle.

I shared it with her and she agreed. I am the most "unique" patient that she has to be doing so "well" for so long with such bad "numbers" and bad "Scans".

This cancer journey with Stage 4 (having lasted almost 8 years)...has been a remarkable learning experience. I've learned about cancer, treatments, my body, and people around me and how they react to my honesty. I know I have helped some people (especially on my online cancer support group) and that's made me feel really good. Life IS Beautiful NOW!

gJohn

P.S.

re. my issue with blood and clots coming out of my Penis....I have been drinking lots of red grape juice and cranberry juice and using a cloth saturated in Castor Oil with a heating pad over it(for appx one hour daily)...I use it along my penis and up my lower tummy. Where the skin is closest to the Urethra. Since starting doing this ....my bleeding went away quickly and I am not having any clots or blockages....and my urine is all crystal clear....that with such low platelets (6000) . It sounds like a crazy "folk" medicine thing...but I am realizing that castor oil is an amazing thing...and I have researched and find that both red grape juice and cranberry juice have something in them that causes the urethra to not allow infections and things to "stick to the walls"....it puts up a barrier. I'm happy to be peeing again....but I also finally have an urologist appointment coming up this next Friday. He's going to do a cystoscopy (camera up my penis) to see what's going on.

p.p.s. photo today...no food...me under my big love in the garden...my wonderful banana trees.

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Thanks for the update. Did you pick any bananas today? Good luck at urologist. Please. No pics from that camera!!

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greatjohn in reply to GoBucks

No harvest right now…But they come pretty much throughout the year.

Si, dear John, hay que vivir la vida loca!! Keep the great uplifting mood going! You look great by the way! You have the neck of a 40 years old!

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greatjohn in reply to Lousab

That is looking straight up like I am there. When I look down I have a little sagging. LOL. A bit more appropriate for someone about to be turning 65.

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keepinon in reply to greatjohn

You are one of my favorite posters. I love your attitude! Keep it up! Speaking of up, I try to take all my pictures looking up also. 😁

You are one amazing GREAT JOHN! Love your SPIRIT that inspires us all!

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greatjohn in reply to Lyubov

Every day, whatever our issues in life, we have a choice of choosing to be happy or sad. I’ve always chosen happy 99% of the time! Life is Beautiful!

Thanks for your post, your positive attitude and inspiration!!

Good news about the Castor oil. Good health for many more years John.

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greatjohn in reply to jac_j_sp

Got to keep believing in miracles. EDIAM…”every day is a miracle “

Darn great john, you are one of my anchors here and I am really sorry to hear you have had yet another set back.... Wish I could give you some of my platelets,. My count is only half of what is was before Radiation and Provenge, but I still have some I would gladly let them strain out of me for you. I gave them for years with the explanation that they were for cancer patients, but I didn't really understand until I got aPca and joined here. Life is Beautiful sounds like you. For me Life is Good and lately I have felt better than I have for a long time so maybe Life is Beautiful right now would be a better statement for both of us.Doug in North Idaho..

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greatjohn in reply to Shooter1

EDIAM…”every day is a miracle “. I think of you often Doug and always pray for a long and happy life for you. And with as little pain as possible🥰Life IS beautiful Now!

Ever see see the movie ' El Cid' with Charlton Heston and Sophia Loren?

I think I did but about 1000 years ago. It was does it relate to the situation?

The ending, El Cid proved immortal in the face of uncertainty.

I like that ! ! ! Immortal sounds like a plan!

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NWLiving in reply to greatjohn

Haha

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greatjohn in reply to NWLiving

LOL...immoral was a auto-correct. I changed it...but immoral is good too!

Many prayers being said for you always.

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greatjohn in reply to Bethpage

Always humbly thankful for your kindness 🥰🙏🏻

Still hanging in there and more possibilities, great greatjohn news buddy.

❤️❤️❤️

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greatjohn in reply to Kaliber

The journey continues….

As we would say in the UK, you are one top bloke, John. You inspire us all with your positivity , with what ever is thrown at you.God Bless you !Take care

Kim x ,

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Kaliber in reply to 16starsky

❤️❤️

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greatjohn in reply to 16starsky

Your so kind. Thanks so much!

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greatjohn in reply to 16starsky

Thanks dear Kim….And all the best to you guys!

John, I’ve been on my journey only a short time but your messages always lift me up. Thank you! I can’t send you platelets so I send positive thoughts and energy instead.

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greatjohn in reply to TylexGP

I feel blessed. Sending love and healing back … and prayers for lots of beautiful vistas on your journey.gJohn

I’m happy that you’re peeing again too. I know how it feel not to pee.. many ol wife’s remedies still have value today.

Bill actually looks forward to seeing the staff at SCCA. He knows the names of their kids, and where they are from. They always greet us with big smiles- even when I in my protective mood and asking so many questions. A big thanks to the staff. Thanks for your posting- does a PSA of 980 win the highest number here? I think you topped it.

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greatjohn in reply to NWLiving

It turned out my oncologist told me the wrong number I believe. I checked on my website and it says my PSA was 942.2 /that sounds much better than 980. Although still pretty terrible. The nurses at the infusion center here at Sylvester in South Florida are wonderful, but after a while just looking for a vein to hit that will work becomes a nightmare. Are usually have them laughing and having a good time as well.🥰

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Shooter1 in reply to greatjohn

I only have three black and blue areas after last weeks infusion and blood draw.

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Spyder54 in reply to greatjohn

Great John, I saw someone posted that a hot water bottle on your arm will cause veins to rise and be easier to tap. Safe enough to give it a try?Best,

Mike

St Pete

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greatjohn in reply to Spyder54

Definitely

John,After 2 Cystoscopes, I demanded anesthesia on the 3rd. Lightly went to sleep, woke up, pee’d to prove all was working. Done. I do not dig cameras going up what should be a one way shoot. Just a suggestion. Best, Mike

Great picture! Boy...do I admire you! Your attitude, knowledge, ability to pivot, your sense of humor, your constant helpful advice. You are a true force GJ. We're cheering you on and hoping for good news.

I’ve had a couple cystoscopies…not so bad. Best wishes to you, greatjohn!

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Spyder54 in reply to bean1008

Bean,Like PCa. Each man presents differently. I was literally kicking and screaming both times had tears running down the corners of my eyes. NOT my imagination!

Like you, they said not too bad, “but no one ever asks for 2nd’s”. 3rd time I demanded light anesthesia.

Mike

During mine, I was able to see the monitor. It was sort of boring until it was in my bladder and I could see the evil cancer there as well as the UR could. Knew immediately that it was bad.

and mine when I had it done..looked horrible like a haunted mansion..all through my urethra and then when it went into the bladder....all pink and pretty...LOL. I hope he can figure out something to keep me from having the bleeding. I've been doing great for over a week...but I never know when it will start back.

It is like always having the proverbial sword hanging over our heads.

Keeping you in my thoughts, I use a hot water bottle on my arm for 15 to 20 mins prior to the mining for a vein (docs got tired digging! Nurses run away when they hear I’m in for a blood draw🤣). Although I end up with a very red arm, it does work, a vein always rises!

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WSOPeddie in reply to Aodh

Good to know. My wife has needed ultrasound to find a vein in her chubby arm.

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greatjohn in reply to WSOPeddie

heating the arm...AND making sure you drink lots of water before are the best things to do to make it easier.

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NWLiving in reply to greatjohn

I’m waiting right now for Bill to get done with his blood draw. He always comes out with multiple warrior bandages because they can’t find the veins. Thanks so much for tips for next time.

Glad to hear that the plumbing is working better. I don’t know how you do it, but you look remarkably young and healthy. Give my best to Sparky.

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greatjohn in reply to Dett

I just left (with my husband) our Elder Attorney...and he says "you look amazing just for 64...let alone what you're telling me about the cancer". I guess that's a good thing. Most days I feel pretty good! some days I feel a little extra tired and achy.

Dear GJ,

I am going to quote you and tell you that you're so right! "Ediam"~~every day is a miracle."

"I know I have helped some people (especially on my online cancer support group) and that's made me feel really good. Life IS Beautiful NOW! " You definitely have and keep doing it, bro :)

Yes, your numbers are going up and you have done a lot for the last 8 years and you are on track to call out for a restful holiday from this disease burden. I wish you the best healing. To be honest going by your photo you are looking great.

GJ, it all boils down to MBS: Mind-Body-Soul thingy that we need to align in ourselves. Trust me sometimes I am at a lost after doing everything I am told to do from my good oncologist, good doctors, great wife, sons and in-laws, and good meaning friends. Tried almost all from herbal, to medicines, to exercise, to prayers faithfully, to eating right, to fasting, to thinking of good things all the time, to not get easily riled by silly people, to not watch news and get excited, to watch funny movies and comedies...the list goes on and I guess you get my drift, in my short 4 years journey; diagnosed on October 9, 2017. But sadly, my numbers have their own mind, to which I am not allowing to take control over me :) as much as I can.

Basically, I have decided on the quiet and shared many times in this fantastic forum, to enjoy the Present cause I can't change my Past and my Future...hmm, I really don't know how its going to play out. I just want to stay around as long as my body can hold on and hold up. This dreaded Covid has not helped much as I yearned to travel with my wife and even considered meeting up with as many of you as I possibly can; just to say hello over a cup of coffee and smile a lot...that would have made my day :) but at the moment keeping my fingers crossed for all the good things. Enjoy your restful holiday and stay positive, I am rooting for you to get back on the saddle and ride strong again very soon. Don't let the numbers get you down, one good step a day.

My very best to you and loved one and your beloved pet ❤️

Haniff

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greatjohn in reply to Haniff

your words are wise and so true and comforting! Thank you so much, I am humbled by your thoughtful and beautiful reply. I think we're both "in a good place" on our journeys. All the best (X 100). gJohn

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Aww…thanks, so sweet of you ❤️

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You made my eyes fill with tears in a very good way.

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Haniff in reply to NWLiving

Aww…thanks, take good care ❤️

Top fella. Keep up with the fight. The information you provide will help all of us who are on the same path. Stay strong

Pensive pose. Looking upward, always a good thing

Good luck as I said before your attitude is my inspiration. Love the pics. Pet your dog for me and treat yourself to a great meal. Maybe a nice seafood platter. Peace brother and long wonderful life.

Thanks for sharing. Keep smiling and enjoying.

Just read your (detailed!) profile, what a journey!!! Best of luck.

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greatjohn in reply to 33Ford

lots of up hill climbing...and deep ravines...but with many beautiful vistas along the way.

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I was stationed in Hawaii for a short period of time on my way to Okinawa. We had a formation each morning right next to a banana tree (probably several, but I just remember the one). I would pick and eat several every morning. They were fairly short in size, anyway, they tasted NOTHING like store purchased ones!!!

I have tried for years to grow banana trees in Carolina. Have to dig them up each winter and store them until spring. They keep coming back each spring to try again. I don't even care about the fruit, but I remain in awe of the plant's tenacity to come back and survive. You inspire and give hope, my friend. Ediam.

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greatjohn in reply to Jvaughan0

I have loved them since growing up in North Florida...they wouldn't fruit there either, but we'd just cut them back and they'd come up every spring.

GJ thanks for sharing your footsteps along your journey. I'm humbled always and lifted by your ever present outlook forward! EDIAM indeed!

EDIAM indeed. And so are you. 💕

Now i know whats so great about john.

The reason you are blowing everyone away is your attitude. With that being so positive and grateful you’ll continue to defy all odds! My husband uses castor oil before going in our sauna to help detox. It’s magic stuff

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Shooter1 in reply to Rsdutcher7

Here it's as much attitude as meds. Dr's only help so much.... Our body and mind does the rest..

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greatjohn in reply to Shooter1

so true!

Great John, You are a very special man with a beautiful soul. You are truly an inspiration. Love and prayers to you. Regarding the comments about the blood draws, there is a device, AccuVein veinfinder that illuminates the veins. Insist that it be used. My husband had impossible veins and it worked every time. (Mathes72 widow)

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greatjohn in reply to Mathes72

Thank you so much, they have actually used that device at times when it’s more difficult to find one. I’m so sorry for the loss of your husband.

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j-o-h-n in reply to Mathes72

Dear Ms. Mathes72,

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your dear Husband. God Bless!

j-o-h-n Wednesday 09/29/2021 7:10 PM DST

Enjoy your R & R, make the most of it as you are headed to more fighting. Glad Castor Oil, red grape juice, and cranberry juice worked for you. Hopefully, Zytiga will work for you, too. It did wonders for me (along with Prednisone). Good luck and thanks for the update!

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Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Wednesday 09/29/2021 7:15 PM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Without Brazil 66....how about banana boat song!

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

"Mas Que Nada"

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Thursday 09/30/2021 12:12 AM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Yes that has Brasilia 66

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

I saw them live in their heyday, in central park. We sat in a crowed round circle and when I stood up to take a picture, his mother did at the same time, and both of us burst out laughing. Taking a picture of each other in the crowd. They were and still are one of my favorites.....

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Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Thursday 09/30/2021 8:07 PM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Bossa Nova!!!...so cool!!

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

Right! Wanna dance?..... I lead cause I'm taller (rules, ya know) and NO dipping.....

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Friday 10/01/2021 1:56 PM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Of course.. I always follow you anyway!!!

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

I hate you......... You're too freaken quick......

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Friday 10/01/2021 5:52 PM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Not on my feet that's why you have to lead!

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

OK.... but you buy the drinks...........

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Friday 10/01/2021 8:27 PM DST

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SPEEDYX in reply to j-o-h-n

Ouzo for all!!!

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j-o-h-n in reply to SPEEDYX

Opa!

Good Luck, Good Health and Good Humor.

j-o-h-n Friday 10/01/2021 11:18 PM DST

John,

I always look forward to your posts! You really are “great”! ;)

EDIAM is so true…words to live by!

You keep fighting the good fight, John! We all need your optimism, experience and wisdom! You lift up so many souls everyday…we all need you! Plus, I like to see your latest recipes!

Best wishes and Godspeed,

James

James. Thanks so much for your kind words. It’s so wonderful to read your profile and I see you’re doing so well.

You have such an amazing outlook, and positive attitude. And wow… 8 years! Wishing for many more for you!!

Thank you so much, you’re very kind. So sorry for the loss of your husband.

Stick around. I like your posts. FWIW: The day I turned 21, while living in Fort Lauderdale, I went into a little hole-in-the-wall dive bar on the beach called the Elbo Room to order my first (legal) draft beer. This was 1963.

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greatjohn in reply to Gearhead

Sounds like you have some wonderful South Florida memories!

I know of what you talk about. Used to Pura Vida up to 2 months a year until my 2018 diagnosis. The tiny bananas are delicious! I am on Cabazytaxel, prednisone right now: hope it works!

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greatjohn in reply to DrRobin

That is what I was trying just recently, but my PSA went up and my platelets and hemoglobin and all my cells in the blood went down. Had to stop. It was my second time trying to do chemo… the first time I did very well with taxotere . Wishing you great success!

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DrRobin in reply to greatjohn

Taxotere worked for me too in 2018. Thank you for your wishing.

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