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Title: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Mo on March 21, 2010, 09:05:12 PM
Thanks for the hug Frank.  Cant wait to give it back.

Maureen
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on March 22, 2010, 06:47:28 AM
I'm looking forward to it. He's a good man & I sympathize with him.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on April 19, 2010, 07:15:03 PM
Frank got some disturbing news today regarding his health. I am asking for him if you could all offer up prayer.  Frank is a believer in the power of prayer and would appreciate your prayers and good thoughts. Thank You.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on April 20, 2010, 09:41:19 AM
Paco what the heck is going on! Of course our prayers are with you. JoAnne told me to tell you if there is anything you need to let us know.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on April 20, 2010, 09:46:45 PM
The note was posted to my family that I'm passing on. It came from my brother Steve, a doctor who lives in San Antonio. I received the news yesterday 04/19/10 shortly before playing golf with Randy Moore, (Sr.) I wasn't sure how private I wanted to be, or if it would be proper to post this on a message board.
I think of the disc golf community as my second family. There are many I have high regard for.


Talked to VA General Medicine doc this afternoon…Uncle Frank had gleason score of 8 on prostate biopsy.  That carries a higher rate of suspicion for aggressiveness of cancer.  There is a protocol they follow depending on gleason number.  This one has one where patient is sent to GU (genito-urinary subspecialty) clinic for workup (I think it includes colonoscopy). He has 30 Apr appt already for that clinic.  He also gets one with radiation oncology (that consult likewise was ordered today..he hasn’t gotten response yet for that one).  I suspect it should be in next several days.  After workup results for each of those clinics, they will have a better idea if there has been any spread of cancer and what final “stage” they will give it. Then recommendations can be made on what options for best course of treatment based on the stage.  I assume it will be a few weeks before that is established.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Jflash3 on April 21, 2010, 07:53:09 PM
Your in my prayers buddy, and you will beat this my friend. If you need anything call me. Hope to see you on the course soon.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on April 23, 2010, 06:31:37 AM
OK............. This is update for my cancer concerns. I don't want to start a new subject & I don't mind talking about it. It's not like I screwed somebody's wife. When you see me feel free to bring it up. It's not likely I'll bring it up if asked how I'm doing.
My brother posted to my family that is quite long so I'll make it somewhat shorter.
The good news is that it's treatable. Consulting with the doctor, he gave me odds. I have a 92% to live with this cancer, pretty good.
I go for more tests next week to see where the cancer has spread so they can target those areas with radiation. In 6 weeks I go for treatments, 5 days a week for two months.
The next hurdle I have is the colonoscopy. I have that 04/30/10. There is history of colon cancer in my family.
Keep me in your good thoughts & prayers,
Frank
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on April 23, 2010, 09:19:57 AM
92% is so so positive! Anyone who can work and still shoot six rounds of golf in  a day will for sure beat those odds. Your a work hourse Frank. Stay positive and if you need anything just call me! Our prayers are with you Frank!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: kev on April 23, 2010, 12:03:27 PM
Frank --

You're in my prayers, man!  Since the Ice Bowl (in fact the very next day), I've been dealing with my mom's learning of having cancer, the testing, treatments and am now dealing with her surgery...that said, I've become well versed in the world of cancer!  My mom has a similar percentage and she is doing great!

I will continue to pray for you and your family, and want you to know that if you need anything, please let me know!


See you on the course!

Kevin
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Aces and Chains on April 30, 2010, 10:27:55 AM
Frank,

My prayers are with you also!

If you need anything Frank, please let us know. If I can help pick up any slack on the course by organizing cleanup, or whatever, I'm there. Please feel free to delegate to the disc golf community. Everyone has the utmost respect for you, and we will have no trouble getting tons of volunteers to do any work on the course that you need done.

My father had Thyroid cancer a few years ago, and he is completely fine now. It is a scary thing, but you can beat it. Keep your head up and know that we are all pulling for you.

Patrick.

Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on May 02, 2010, 10:08:36 PM
Thanks Patrick,
The bone scan was negative, that's good. It appears the cancer hasn't spread. I go for another test Tuesday. I wasn't clean enough for the colonqscopy. I didn't know I was so full of shit.
The colonoscopy is rescheduled for 05/25. Two days of fasting & two different type of laxatives. With treatment I'm sure I'll be fine.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on May 09, 2010, 06:28:24 AM
I had a CT scan lat week. They gave me an iv along with drinking a milky colored product, called barium sulfate. This scan is for internal organs & blood vessels.They found something about 1/3" on my lung, not serious but to be watched. I also had a hormone shot, & get those for two years. This slows the spread of the cancer.
The next thing is a prostate simulation. This is used to target the radiation.
Instructions are, I'm reading this.
We ask you to remove your clothes from the waist down.
During the scan we will insert a small soft tube in your rectum and place a small amount or fluid on you penis. You will not need pain medications.
Oh how fun that will be! 
Actually, the next thing is a colonoscopy.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on May 25, 2010, 11:05:53 PM
Great News!
I had a colonoscopy and an endoscopy procedure done today. They found no polyps in my colon which is a big relief. The colonoscopy was a two day ordeal I had to prepare for. The first day which was last Sunday, I had to drink magnesium citrate at timed intervals which continued into day two. I than had to drink Golytely ( go light ly) and it had to be more than a gallon. Maybe a gallon. I drank 8 ounces every ten minutes of this unpleasant tasting drink. After two hours the intervals extended and it ended up taking about 41/2 hours to complete. Every interval was a trip to the bathroom. My butt was real sore! It appears I don't have to deal with colon cancer. What a big relief! I'm told prostate cancer is one of the more cureable cancers & I'm convinced I can beat it. Today's test has lifted my spirits.

The endoscopy went down my throat & I think they took some routine biospies of my lungs & stomach. It seemed a little strange from the sedative, I'm not positive where they took the biospies. They told me it would take 5 to 10 days to get those results.


God Bless my disc golf friends for your my second family! Through your questions, comments, smiles and body language I feel your support and concerns every day.

I still have battles but I will win the war!

Note that Gary Lewis is my disc golf mentor, my spirit & he's the reason why I sacrifice my time with our great sport. I say that with thoughts over the past many years. I've always had high regard for Gary & my involvement with Disc Golf came from him, he set the example.

PS
I can't deny God in my life, even if the next tests come in positive. I'll be pleased to discuss it with you.

Frank
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: stpitner on May 28, 2010, 04:55:00 PM
God is good, all the time; and all the time, God is good!  It's a phrase my family remembers often.

I'm glad that the reports have been well.  You're a fighter, Frank, and I know you'll be fine.  I'm also glad that I stopped by the forums to read this thread and the latest update, thanks for sharing it with everyone!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 03, 2010, 06:45:12 AM
I have the results from the endoscopy & they are negative. That was going down through the mouth. They did find one little thing a hiatal hernia, that is a non issue & many people have them. It is nothing to worry about & doesn't need treatment.

So, the next deal is the radiation simulation 06/10/10. I may pass that story on, I think that's going to be a humbling experience. I'm still amazed I didn't have any polyps. I believe in the power of prayer.

It appears all I have to deal with is the prostate cancer.

I thank all of for your support!!!
Frank
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on June 03, 2010, 10:20:46 AM
I have the results from the endoscopy & they are negative. That was going down through the mouth. They did find one little thing a hiatal hernia, that is a non issue & many people have them. It is nothing to worry about & doesn't need treatment.

So, the next deal is the radiation simulation 06/10/10. I may pass that story on, I think that's going to be a humbling experience. I'm still amazed I didn't have any polyps. I believe in the power of prayer.

It appears all I have to deal with is the prostate cancer.

I thank all of for your support!!!
Frank
So glad to hear that Frank. I believe your positive frame of mind and your hard working attitude has helped. As you can see, your prayers are being answered.
God Bless you my friend.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 10, 2010, 11:30:44 PM
The latest after radiation simulation:
 First thanks for those who have an interest in my health.
It's an humbling experience to be in a room with others & being the only one naked. There we have the lone soldier, ya know what I mean? By the way the soldier was at ease, not much to stand at attention for.
The bottom line is, I found out today, my treatments start 06/22/10.
I asked for my records for 2010 & it's 166 pages, not including today. Needless to say I'm doing some catchup on my health. It's been somewhat mentally consuming, like the hot flashes I'm having, good one minute & sweating the next. Nothing like having the same personal experience women have. The Doctor said today he expects it to settle down.
OK, if you think that's too much information, don't read  any more.
The simulation involves making a cast on my legs, marking with small tattoos on both sides of my hips & one just above the soldier, a little bit of shaving involved. They put the soldier in a sort of tripod with a hole in the middle & then put iodine in the top so it drips to the prostate. This keeps the soldier upright.
My heart is tender to my disc golf friends, second to my family. I'm going to help as I can with  Darrin & Jesse with Ill. State. We also have a tournament coming up at Channahon, the end or June, Patrick's event.  J-Town,  07/09/10, the club challenge. Don't forget the stuff at Channanon. I need to get #11 ready for the Classic.
It's a no brainier for me to beat to beat prostate cancer, it was the other unknown issues.
Although I'm not remarkable, it's good for others to know the importance of getting your prostate checked.
Thank-you my Disc Golf friends, keep me in your thoughts & PRAYERS!, along with Randy Moore (Sr.) that's another story.
Frank
 
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on July 01, 2010, 11:22:38 PM
I want to clear something up. I've been talking to some & there was some confusion about my cancer. It was mentioned I'm going through preventive care. Not true, I have prostate cancer. They took biopsy's & that showed cancer.The radiation treatments I'm having kill cancer cells along with good cells, & there may be side effects.
I'm doing my best not to get emotional, that helps me push myself. I want my mind, along with your prayers to overcome this cancer. I've asked this before, If you don't  believe in prayer, give me your good thoughts. I'm acting normal. We all good days & bad days.
I meet with my doctor once a week, & gives me a chance to ask questions. One question I had was why two years of hormone shots. The answer was I have high grade cancer with it being most likely that the cancer has spread outside the prostate. It's not definite but most likely. There will be more testing after a total of 40 treatments.
I was talking to a patient with a Gleason score of 7. He had his prostate removed, only to find his cancer spread outside the prostate. It appears I made the right choice based on his experience.
It helps me to talk about it & I don't mind questions.
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!
Frank
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on July 10, 2010, 08:29:53 AM
I have to pass this on!
It's 0822 Saturday morning & I've been up since 0600.
I hope this isn't the kiss of death as they say.
I feel GREAT today!!! I feel unbelievable good! Most everything I've been doing lately has been a duty or to be responsible. More like sucking it up & just doing it! I can't believe how good I feel!
Thanks for your prayers!
What a great day to be alive!!!

Frank
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: kev on July 10, 2010, 08:40:06 AM
THAT'S OUTSTANDING, FRANK!!

GLAD TO HEAR, AND I CAN'T HELP BUT THINK IT'S ALL THOSE GOOD PRAYERS AND THOUGHTS FOR YA BROTHER!!

LET ER RIP, SKIP!!

KEV
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on July 17, 2010, 01:34:52 AM
There are not a lot of big deal things going but I thought I'd pass some things on.
Shawn Harmon insisted about driving me up for a couple of treatments. He said I'm not working & he wanted to help me of which I'm very thankful & honored.Shawn has a good heart.
Needless to say is we talk on the way (he took me there for my 16th & 17th treatments) & we talked about the Disc Golf Community, along with my passing. I brought that up. What's real important is a strong, positive, mental attitude to beat these issues, & give thanks for the support  from my Disc Golf friends. That's huge my friends!!!
I'm going through the normal side affects, sleep, frequent urinating, being tired.
I ask questions every treatment & I always leave encouraged with the posotive answers.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on July 28, 2010, 09:19:25 PM
I want to start this post for my prayer warriors.
I get to the hospital around 0630, & usually get inside a little before 0700. A RN said you're here early again. My comment was I hate traffic& leave early. She asked where I was driving from & I told her Morris. She said that's quite a drive & added I might be eligible for travel vouchers. I am! They are refunding me for 20 trips. Unfortunately I'll miss out on 17 others but that's OK.
Thanks for your prayers!

The Doctors say I'm doing great!
I don't know what there standard is but I'm running about 80 to 85% I'm doing OK & maybe better than most but I don't know what the others do after their treatments.
Fourteen more treatments.  Aug. 17th I get my diploma & I'll put that in the scrape book I got from Laureen, with many of your pictures. My spirit is extremely high & much of that is from my friends.
It is a battle & I have no doubt I'll beat this part. It's going to take some time to know for sure. Like I mentioned before I have two years of hormone shots. After that they will continue tests to confirm the treatments.
They're case studies they use & with my numbers, these treatments will cure my cancer.
From what they tell there is an outside chance cancer may have spread outside the treatment area, that's why it's going to take some time to know for sure. I thought the time frame would be the two years of hormone shots. I need to be on my own for a while after the shots.
Again, Thanks so much for your prayers!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 04, 2010, 08:19:49 PM
I want to start out with this board gives me a place to vent & welcome & praise the the support I'm getting. I'm a little down right now with a friend said it's only cancer.  A tear comes to my eye when i think of what I've done  in helping with Ill. State. I forget his name Bingham or Bangham was huge for getting the tees ready. It's sad but in an instant all that work is history. Thanks again Dean Bingham, I know his name, Bangham is for his putts.
Getting back to my point, I'm battling a high risk range of cancer. That level doesn't come from me it's from the doctors. That saddens me to think about dying. A friend mentioned it's only cancer. Well I'm at 8 with the top being 10.
That's a long way from one. I would think it's reasonable to think my situation is 24/7.
My guess is that it doesn't seem I'm struggling. I'm trying to do the mind over matter thing.
 The bottom line for me is the prayers, Thank You!
You people are very important to me other than he idiot that said it's only cancer.

I wanted to delete this when I woke up this morning But Randy Moore has my back & responded. I was having a bad evening last night. Some things that are going through my mind is the passing of Debbie Lewis. Breast cancer is curable as prostate cancer is. They said they got it only to find out they didn't, it spread & she died. I think of that when I see the post In Memory of. The good news is I usually wake up between 2 to 5 times a night. Last night I slept to 0400 without waking up.
I'm really doing well, they're just some glitches once in a while.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on August 04, 2010, 09:34:07 PM
I want to start out with this board gives me a place to vent & welcome & praise the the support I'm getting. I'm a little down right now with a friend said it's only cancer.  A tear comes to my eye when i think of what I've done  in helping with Ill. State. I forget his name Bingham or Bangham was huge for getting the tees ready. It's sad but in an instant all that work is history. Thanks again Dean Bingham, I know his name, Bangham is for his puts.
Getting back to my point, I'm battling a high risk range of cancer. That level doesn't come from me it's from the doctors. That saddens me to think about dying. A friend mentioned it's only cancer. Well I'm at 8 with the top being 10.
That's a long way from one. I would think it's reasonable to think my situation is 24/7.
My guess is that it doesn't seem I'm struggling. I'm trying to do the mind over matter thing.
 The bottom line for me is the prayers, Thank You!
You people  are very important to me other than he idiot that said it's only cancer.
Vent my friend! You have come a long way. Keep up the good work Frank! I am amazed at your ability to fight off the evil forces. When I pulled up at Illinois State and saw you weed whacking before the tournament, it made me smile. Your not going anywhere my friend! Your a fighter and a winner, and a World Champion!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 18, 2010, 06:42:23 AM
My treatments are finished & I'm doing real good. I have some typical side effects, low energy & urinating.The radiation causes some swelling. The treatments build on each other, so the two months treatments will take two months to go away. I'm not going through the horror stories I hear about. One thing I hear about is burning while urinating. One person was telling me he grabs the towel rack while going it hurt so much. Others told me they just went home & slept all day. I can't say I'm not tired, but nothing like others.
Something disappointing is we won't know the results from these treatments for 3 months. I'm sure I'll be fine. It's going to take that long for he radiation to leave & to get accurate test results. I see the Dr. again for this Nov. 17th.
After that I'll be tested every 6 months for the rest of my life. My guess is because the Gleason score was so high.
You're support & prayers is HUGE to my mental attitude. I can't write that loud enough! I'm discovering I'm on many prayer lists & that's extremely humbling.
Thank-you so very, very much!!!

Frank

PS
I will be taking hormone shots for two years. Along with that I'm taking 2000mg of calcium & 800mg of vitamin D to prevent osteoporosis. The hormone shots take away my testosterone. I'm also taking 40mg megestrol, twice a day, that helps with the hot flashes. Add to that terazosin hcl 2mg for urinating. Urinating & diarrhea are a big deal. I can take something for the diarrhea but the reverse happens.
I want to also add I'm glad for the side effects, it's telling me something is going on. If that wasn't happening it would make me wonder about the treatments.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on August 18, 2010, 08:24:52 AM
You da man Frank. The Moore family is happy for you! Keep up the good work my friend. You have battled and should stand proud. Way to go!

                                           :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on September 08, 2010, 10:29:01 PM
This is a mini update. I had blood test last week & got the results yesterday Tuesday. They were good. The concern for me is what the psa would be & that was 1.14 a far cry from 13.82. To be clear, under 4 is good, but I was expecting near zero or maybe .25. The tests are more than psa, like Cloistral, the good was 170 & the bad 90.the limits are 200 & 130.
It been three weeks since my last treatment. My sleep is still inconsistent. I'm only getting up 2 -3 times a night to urinate in stead of 4 -6. One day over the weekend I slept until 0800 & the next 0300. As I mentioned before, the Nov. test is a big deal. Everything should be normal by then.
I'm really doing good, it just is going so slow. Thanks again for your support!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on September 09, 2010, 02:20:44 AM
Most people your age Frank sleep like that normally. Sleeping in is also a common thing in life. You my friend have done a superb job of beating this thing! Those numbers are awesome and I'm thrilled for you! Keep up the good work Frank. It's pretty safe to say that those prayers you have been asking for have been received. So deserving!

                                      :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on October 05, 2010, 08:56:38 PM
Today is a day that I haven't felt better in a long time. The thought of dying of cancer has been a big deal to me. The Gleason score of 8 has been my concern.
I slept through the night last night, I think a little Jack helped. I realize having cancer is old news, but for me it's a daily reality. It has made my struggle much easier because of so many that care. Believe me, it's easy to say I quit. I can't quit with the love & suppot I'm getting.
I might add to keep you thoughts & prayres for Randy Moore Sr. He has been a 4 year struggle.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 14, 2010, 09:03:54 PM
Well.......This has been a long anticipated week for me that's coming up. It's like a 5 year old waiting for Christmas Day. Needless to say I'm extremely anxious. They take blood tomorrow Mon. the 15th & I meet with my Dr.  Wed. the 17th. I'll learn how the treatments did. This mental process has been on my mind since April.
Hey! Check this out
http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/99-The-Greatest
I posted this on titled Foundation for a better Life. It's encouraging to me. If you don't have struggles in life, it may be cute. For those who may have struggles, it gives a positive point of view.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 16, 2010, 09:16:21 PM
Your in my prayers Frank. As strong as you are I think your results will be good. You understand what your up against the rest of your life and your positive hard working attitude will prevail. As you told me, it is what it is.  ;)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 17, 2010, 12:58:46 PM
                     
;D    0.36    ;)


                                      YES!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 17, 2010, 09:19:30 PM
The first battle is won. My psa is 0.36 down from 13.82. Talking with the Dr. it seemed they were expecting nothing less. Next, is testing every 6 months to see if the cancer comes back. There are side effects from the zoladex (hormone shots)  & I can handle that.
Soo!!! The first battle is won but the war continues.
Thanks for you prayers & encouragement it means everything.
  
                                     Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on November 18, 2010, 07:04:28 AM
Congratulations!! You are one bad mutha!.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: discinfool23 on November 19, 2010, 08:49:33 AM
Frankie,

I am really glad to hear that things are looking better. My whole family, myself included have been sending a lot of positive thoughts your way. I will pass this information on to everyone. Let me know if you need anything.

Jason
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 21, 2010, 09:03:50 PM
Frankie,

I am really glad to hear that things are looking better. My whole family, myself included have been sending a lot of positive thoughts your way. I will pass this information on to everyone. Let me know if you need anything.

Jason
Thanks Fool. I've noticed my spirits are up when I'm with my disc golf friends. It's encouraging to my attitude. It will be a while before I know for sure. The first report was good news & brings joy to me & family this holiday season.
Thanks again Jason!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on December 08, 2010, 08:48:44 PM
I had an appointment with GU (genitle urinary) today. It was in part about ED. What I found out is the nerves were damaged from radiation & it may or may not be permanent. I also asked about stopping the hormone shots. the Dr. simply said, we've found patients getting the shots live longer than those who don't. I know I said I could muttle through the shots, it was just a thought. Another question I asked is if cancer can reoccur in the prostate & he said yes. That was not music to my ears, radiation is not an option, it's a one time deal. The more research I do the more questions I know to ask. Another thing, the Dr. said half the patients don't know why their there. They just show up because they're told to. What stress that must put on the Doctors. On the lighter side the Doc asked me to drop my pants to inspect the jewels. I mentioned to him if he lost his job I was sure he could find something with the TSA. He laughed. He also mentioned this is going to take a long time for any finality. I've got to suck it up, but when you don't feel good half the time, it's a reminder of the process. I can't help but think about what Randy Moore is going through. I'm doing OK & appreciate my friends.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Tafe on December 09, 2010, 10:25:54 AM
I feel like such a bum for just reading this entire thread now!  Finally, my own computer is allowing me to get caught up on things.
You are definitely in my prayers, Frank.  Glad to hear that things are looking up for you.  Except for the simulation, I have been through all those tests with my dad.  It's no fun, but sounds like they're working for you.
Keep up the strong spirits as they make all the difference.
I'll see you Feb. 5th, if not sooner.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on January 13, 2011, 09:29:14 PM
To start I'm feeling OK.
I got another hormone shot today (zoladex). Every time I took the shot, the nurse suggested I don't look at the needle. Needless to say, I followed her instructions. This is an implant of a capsule injected into the stomach. They freeze the area so it's painless.
The nurse spent an extended time today answering my questions relative to my side effects. Tired, shortness of breath, itching. Mood changes is another, but I think I'm doing well with that, at least from outward appearance. She checked my oxygen intake & it's 95, above average.
Cancer is a war & for me a World War. Because of the side effects I'm reminded often during the day , I have cancer. I've got to reach back & push. I think the generic opinion is I'll be fine & I agree. Keep me in your prayer, thoughts & support.
Oh,
Researchers have explained how antioxidants in red wine and green tea produce a combined effect to disrupt an important cell signaling pathway necessary for prostate cancer growth.
Above is copied & I'm now I'm drinking loose leaf green teas along with the red wine I drink.
An humble thank you to those who feel my anguish.
PS
Keep Randy Moore in you're thoughts & prayers also. Disc golf is his therapy & it's his way to cope with his problems.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on January 14, 2011, 07:15:08 AM
There’s a lot of love for you & Randy and we’re all pulling for you both. You guys keep fighting and we’ll keep praying. Thanks for the update.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on January 16, 2011, 04:43:29 AM
The importance of friends is priceless when battling thru the tough times in life and there's plenty to go around on this board. There's no way to describe how helpful the good comments and caring goes towards the process of healing. You people are all awesome! 

                           :)   Sr.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on January 16, 2011, 08:26:41 PM
The importance of friends is priceless when battling thru the tough times in life and there's plenty to go around on this board. There's no way to describe how helpful the good comments and caring goes towards the process of healing. You people are all awesome!  

                           :)   Sr.
Known by his elders as Randy. That being me. I  call him Jr.  because that's relative.
Soooooo........ this man deserves you admiration & respect. End of argument!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: tripleskank on January 24, 2011, 05:36:34 PM
I can't believe I didn't hear about this somehow. I am so glad things have gotten better for you Frankie. I'll be sure to tell the people I know that talk to the man upstairs to keep you in their prayers (not big on it myself.) Keep kicking @$$ Frankie! You got it, brother.

Steve Rhine
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on January 24, 2011, 08:33:00 PM
Thanks Stevie!
 If you're not much on prayer, keep the positive thought rollin. Typically prostate cancer is relative easy to cure if caught soon enough. I knew I had issues a few years ago, & just put it off. My brother, who came up from Texas, Christmas 2009, insisted I get checked out. Waiting like I did has given me an aggressive form of prostate cancer. To be sure it's cureable, but not a slam dunk. Another side effect, that I haven't delicately mentioned, is I'm medically castrated.What a thrill!
When I come to mind I believe God hears the good thoughts.
It's nice to hear from you Steve.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: 26228 on January 24, 2011, 10:40:44 PM
Still keeping you in my prayers over in Ottawa, Frank!
I got faith.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on February 26, 2011, 08:54:05 PM
It's been 1 1/2 months since I posted anything my cancer situation. I'm feeling OK. I learn different things as I go through the process. I read this, & just said huh, stress does not cause cancer, but it breaks down the immune system. Although the what ifs aren't as intense as a few months ago. It's watchful waiting.
I go for blood teat 03/04/11 & meet the Dr. the following week, 03/11/11 for the results.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on March 08, 2011, 10:22:17 AM
Positive minds bring good things! Good for you Frank!
 


                                            ;D                                       
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on March 09, 2011, 06:33:25 AM
Thanks for sharing my joy Randy! 
When they took blood Friday 03/04, I asked if they could squeeze me in before my scheduled appointment.
Things are looking pretty good. My psa went from 0.36 to 0.13. My blood pressure has been trending up & so I'm taking a mild medication for that. My first hormone shot was 05/04/10, so I have another year of testosterone removal.
I celebrated by planting a tree at Channahon.
Thanks Everyone!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on March 09, 2011, 08:47:23 PM
Thanks for sharing my joy Randy!  
When they took blood Friday 03/04, I asked if they could squeeze me in before my scheduled appointment.
Things are looking pretty good. My psa went from 0.36 to 0.13. My blood pressure has been trending up & so I'm taking a mild medication for that. My first hormone shot was 05/04/10, so I have another year of testosterone removal.
I celebrated by planting a tree at Channahon.
Thanks Everyone!
PS I'm looking forward to the bitch'n,about the plants, although it may be a few years,  along with many trees & shrubs that aren't obviously noticed.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on April 20, 2011, 06:39:26 AM
Yesterday, April 19th was my first year anniversary being diagnosed with prostate cancer.  I don't like how I feel but I'm doing OK. I'm being proactive rather than reactive. I having a pft examine tomorrow, the 21st. Pulmonary function test. This is about shortness of breath. There is also a CT scan scheduled 04/27.
Prostate cancer is very curable, it's just that I have an aggressive form of it. I have a huge support group & thanks for that. That's a big deal!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on April 20, 2011, 11:12:42 AM
Yesterday, April 19th was my first year anniversary being diagnosed with prostate cancer.  I don't like how I feel but I'm doing OK. I'm being proactive rather than reactive. I having a pft examine tomorrow, the 21st. Pulmonary function test. This is about shortness of breath. There is also a CT scan scheduled 04/27.
Prostate cancer is very curable, it's just that I have an aggressive form of it. I have a huge support group & thanks for that. That's a big deal!!!
Keep doing what your doing Frank! Keep that mind on a positive track. Your beating it and will continue to beat it. Love you my Brother from another Mother!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on May 03, 2011, 10:35:53 PM
Hey!, first, I believe with every fiber of my soul, I'm going to beat this cancer, even with the high numbers. I had a good time at handicap league tonight. I was on the same card as Jason Poole,who's company I enjoy, or the nap I took.
The last couple of tests I've had are OK. The PFT examine was very good, I asked if it was excellent, nope! very good! Three seems to be some confusion with the CT scan. I was told if something serious was going on, I would have been told. I see the GU Dr. in June, but I don't think it will be much to report on.
I want to point something out about cancer. My feeling is that some thing it's some sort of extension of the flu, or bad broken bone. Cancer screws with ones body cells. They're rouge. I've said this before, support is a big deal & I'm grateful for my support group....... you guys!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: tripleskank on June 05, 2011, 01:17:08 PM
How's my friend Frankie? I hope all is well with you buddy. My mom has been praying for you, I hope you're enjoying the weather and working too hard at Channie. Don't be mad when people don't notice every tree you plant, the volume of beauty you add to that park is hard to keep up with.  :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 13, 2011, 06:50:07 AM
I bumped into an old friend that's been following my process. He mentioned that there was some concern with his prostate & was following what was going on with me. His mind went into worst case scenario, but all his tests came back negative. So this is a good news update for those who don't see me often.

I had an appointment with the GU Dr. & was complaining about the usual things, shortness of breath, being tired, urinating, weakness, hot flashes,no sex & went on about the loss of hair on the back of my shoulders & thinning on my arms & legs, & the new hair on the top of my head. In so many words he raised both hands in the air & yelled Yeaaah!!! the medication is working. He also suggested my psa will be lower than 0.13. If you don't already know, the medication, zoladex, removes my testosterone.
In getting another ct scan it was discovered I have a "substantially enlarged heart" from the prior scan. I had more tests & the only thing discovered was an "left artial enlargement" & it's just something to be watched.

So in my cancer fight, I'm doing good. The side effects appear to be normal. I haven't found anyone with my situation. Everyone I talked with has had their prostate removed. It make me wonder it I made the right decision. Thanks for your prayers & concern.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on August 13, 2011, 07:33:01 AM
I bumped into an old friend that's been following my process. He mentioned that there was some concern with his prostate & was following what was going on with me. His mind went into worst case scenario, but all his tests came back negative. So this is a good news update for those who don't see me often.

I had an appointment with the GU Dr. & was complaining about the usual things, shortness of breath, being tired, urinating, weakness, no sex & went on about the loss of hair on the back of my shoulders & thinning on my arms & legs, & the new hair on the top of my head. In so many words he raised both hands in the air & yelled Yeaaah!!! the medication is working. He also suggested my psa will be lower than 0.13. If you don't already know, the medication, zoladex, removes my testosterone.
In getting another ct scan it was discovered I have a "substantially enlarged heart" from the prior scan. I had more tests & the only thing discovered was an "left artial enlargement" & it's just something to be watched.

So in my cancer fight, I'm doing good. The side effects appear to be normal. I haven't found anyone with my situation. Everyone I talked with has had their prostate removed. It make me wonder it I made the right decision. Thanks for your prayers & concern.
Positives=Your winning my Brother!!!
                                :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Tafe on August 13, 2011, 10:10:59 AM
"went on about the loss of hair on the back of my shoulders & thinning on my arms & legs, & the new hair on the top of my head."

That's a COMPLAINT?!?  I wouldn't mind having that problem!  See you tomorrow, think and be well.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 13, 2011, 09:45:34 PM
Funny Tafe. I'm wondering if I'll need to blow dry in another year. I wonder what the odds are it gets in my eyes?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Aces and Chains on August 19, 2011, 07:48:17 AM
"I wonder what the odds are it gets in my eyes?"

Hippie...    ;?)


So glad to hear you are doing well Frank! Don't second guess your decisions....you're doing great!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on September 22, 2011, 09:33:54 PM
I have continued Good News! My psa is 0.02. Can you believe that? I'm doing numbers from memory, 13.82 was the start. After radiation & one or two implants, the number was 0.36, six months later 0.13, & now 0.02. The trend is dooown!!! Not much downside left. I get one more implant. I'll be on my own for three months, & six months from now I'll meet the GU & we'll see how I'm doing. I'm certainly not of the woods, but I see the sun shining brightly! I'm also not sure when I'll feel normal, but I'm super thrilled on numbers!

http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/99-The-Greatest
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on September 22, 2011, 10:46:55 PM
I have continued Good News! My psa is 0.02. Can you believe that? I'm doing numbers from memory, 13.82 was the start. After radiation & one or two implants, the number was 0.36, six months later 0.13, & now 0.02. The trend is dooown!!! Not much downside left. I get one more implant. I'll be on my own for three months, & six months from now I'll meet the GU & we'll see how I'm doing. I'm certainly not of the woods, but I see the sun shining brightly! I'm also not sure when I'll feel normal, but I'm super thrilled on numbers!

[url]http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/99-The-Greatest[/url]
I'm so glad for you Frank!! Your positive mind and ability to fight has rewarded you. I think many prayers are being answered for you my Brother!! It's hard sometimes but giving up isn't a option. I love your inspirational videos. I'm sharing one of mine with you.
                                http://youtu.be/Gc4HGQHgeFE
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on September 23, 2011, 07:05:59 AM
I have continued Good News! My psa is 0.02. Can you believe that? I'm doing numbers from memory, 13.82 was the start. After radiation & one or two implants, the number was 0.36, six months later 0.13, & now 0.02. The trend is dooown!!! Not much downside left. I get one more implant. I'll be on my own for three months, & six months from now I'll meet the GU & we'll see how I'm doing. I'm certainly not of the woods, but I see the sun shining brightly! I'm also not sure when I'll feel normal, but I'm super thrilled on numbers!

[url]http://www.values.com/inspirational-stories-tv-spots/99-The-Greatest[/url]
I'm so glad for you Frank!! Your positive mind and ability to fight has rewarded you. I think many prayers are being answered for you my Brother!! It's hard sometimes but giving up isn't a option. I love your inspirational videos. I'm sharing one of mine with you.
                                [url]http://youtu.be/Gc4HGQHgeFE[/url]
It didn't make me laugh, but what an inspiration!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on December 14, 2011, 07:14:58 PM
I met with my radiologist today & my numbers continue to be stable, Great news! To my disappointment, hormonal continues until 08/12. What she said is because of the aggressive type of cancer, it's two years after my last treatment. I just gritted my teeth. My hope was only one maybe two more. Unless you've been there it's difficult to communicate. My male hormones are being removed. Randy calls me lazy, but I tire easily.
I see the GU Doctor 12/19 & they have a wealth of information. If I can help anyone with my experience, please contact me.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on December 14, 2011, 08:00:28 PM
I met with my radiologist today & my numbers continue to be stable, Great news! To my disappointment, hormonal continues until 08/12. What she said is because of the aggressive type of cancer, it's two years after my last treatment. I just gritted my teeth. My hope was only one maybe two more. Unless you've been there it's difficult to communicate. My male hormones are being removed. Randy calls me lazy, but I tire easily.
I see the GU Doctor 12/19 & they have a wealth of information. If I can help anyone with my experience, please contact me.
Lazy was mentioned one time and boy oh boy, big mistake! I'll never hear the end of it. I'll eat my crow. Awesome test results Frank! August is just a goal now. A Positive one my Friend. Good work!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Aces and Chains on December 15, 2011, 10:26:03 AM
That is awesome Frank! Sorry to hear the treatments continue thru August, but I'm really glad to hear you fly like a TeeBird......stable.

Sometimes I think you shouldn't joke about something like this. Other times, it's just good to laugh.

I'm just glad to hear that the news continues to be good. And I am constantly amazed at your hard work and great attitude. Your a fantastic role model. What would we do without you?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on December 15, 2011, 07:28:06 PM
 :)  :)
That's a couple or smily's for the last two posts.
My hope the last implant would 12/19. It means I have to go through a 3rd frustrating summer. I'll be OK, the kind words are quite helpful.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on December 20, 2011, 11:24:46 PM
I realize this is about how I'm doing with my aggressive prostate cancer & my struggle. I've been through a ton of broken bones & surgeries. Screws or wires in my foot, leg & & jaw, scares I can't remember & 28% of my body burned.
This is about my liberal friend Randy Moore. Although many, I think the burns may be the burns may be the worse, extremely painful, maybe multiple surgeries on my wrist, doesn't matter.
Saying that,t I can only begin to realize what Randy has been going through. Pain, nine surgies, whatever, two lost fingers, Wheeeew!!! I think God is blessing Randy with his GREAT play relative to disc golf. Whatever supreme power you believe in, for me it's God, included Randy. He needs your love!
For me in 2012, it looks like another year of lazy production.

My disc golf friends are a joy to my heart!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on December 21, 2011, 02:59:16 AM
I realize this is about how I'm doing with my aggressive prostate cancer & my struggle. I've been through a ton of broken bones & surgeries. Screws or wires in my foot, leg & & jaw, scares I can't remember & 28% of my body burned.
This is about my liberal friend Randy Moore. Although many, I think the burns may be the burns may be the worse, extremely painful, maybe multiple surgeries on my wrist, doesn't matter.
Saying that,t I can only begin to realize what Randy has been going through. Pain, nine surgies, whatever, two lost fingers, Wheeeew!!! I think God is blessing Randy with his GREAT play relative to disc golf. Whatever supreme power you believe in, for me it's God, included Randy. He needs your love!
For me in 2012, it looks like another year of lazy production.

My disc golf friends are a joy to my heart!
Your right Frank. God has included me. And I am proud to include him. The way you are fighting through your high Gleason count is incredible and shows you are included. There's no secret. Believe and stay positive my Brother and things will be good. You have been a inspiration to me to keep on keepin on! And your right Frank, the disc golf nation is the best support group there is. Love them all!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on December 27, 2011, 08:17:40 PM
I was reading the past posts & I hope you understand. First I'm stable, not like a disc, Patrick. Now it really is not without struggle, & I will whine, with the side effects from the medication, no spin, I believe I'm going to be just fine.
 I just may not have sex the rest of my life. Not true with Randy Moore. My heart goes out to him, except when we play disc golf. He is in an unknown world, & I feel for him.
The positive is huge!!! I wonder how many believe that with their heart & soul? I think Fern thinks that way.
There are different levels of prostate cancer & mine is aggressive, because I waited. PMA is a big deal, & the more positive the better chance of success. You have to believe with your heart, mind & soul! I wonder how many have been there, regardless of the dealt  cards?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on December 28, 2011, 08:04:02 AM
I was reading the past posts & I hope you understand. First I'm stable, not like a disc, Patrick. Now it really is not without struggle, & I will whine, with the side effects from the medication, no spin, I believe I'm going to be just fine.
 I just may not have sex the rest of my life. Not true with Randy Moore. My heart goes out to him, except when we play disc golf. He is in an unknown world, & I feel for him.
The positive is huge!!! I wonder how many believe that with their heart & soul? I think Fern thinks that way.
There are different levels of prostate cancer & mine is aggressive, because I waited. PMA is a big deal, & the more positive the better chance of success. You have to believe with your heart, mind & soul! I wonder how many have been there, regardless of the dealt  cards?
Couldn't of said it better Frank. Positive mind over matter. Your kicking the cancers ass. Keep it up my Brother!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on January 20, 2012, 08:19:42 AM
FYI: Frank fell last night and is in the hospital with possible broken ribs. Get well soon Frank!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on January 20, 2012, 08:46:55 AM
Get well soon Paco!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on January 21, 2012, 08:14:25 PM
FYI: Frank fell last night and is in the hospital with possible broken ribs. Get well soon Frank!
I called Randy on the way to the emergency room. I could barely talk through the pain & I'm not admitted. They told me I may have cracked a rib, but nothings broken & my lungs are not punctured. The pain was unbelievable & I may have freaked Randy out. I think I was a little freaked myself. He certainly knows about pain!
It hurts to laugh & I won't be squeezing any farts out.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on February 03, 2012, 08:51:26 PM
This is a cancer update. I didn't think my PSA numbers could get lower but they did! The last two #'s were 0.02. Now it's 0.012. Unbelievable!!! There are some other concerns though, high blood pressure. At he primary care Dr. today the second time it was 165 over, I think it was 83. Anyway it's a concern & they doubled the doubled the pain medication I'm already taking, lisinopril. I'll go back in 30 days.
What I expect for this year is more struggle, until I get off the hormonal therapy. Although with side effects, the drugs are working! Isn't that wonderful? I'm sure someone that reads this will get cancer & realize the mind game. I also want to point out with a Gleason score of 8, it is an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I'm doing fine though. 2013, here I come!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on February 03, 2012, 10:36:10 PM
This is a cancer update. I didn't think my PSA numbers could get lower but they did! The last two #'s were 0.02. Now it's 0.012. Unbelievable!!! There are some other concerns though, high blood pressure. At he primary care Dr. today the second time it was 165 over, I think it was 83. Anyway it's a concern & they doubled the doubled the pain medication I'm already taking, lisinopril. I'll go back in 30 days.
What I expect for this year is more struggle, until I get off the hormonal therapy. Although with side effects, the drugs are working! Isn't that wonderful? I'm sure someone that reads this will get cancer & realize the mind game. I also want to point out with a Gleason score of 8, it is an aggressive form of prostate cancer. I'm doing fine though. 2013, here I come!!!
What timing. A day before the Ice Bowl you get great news! Someone up above is looking down on you my Brother. Love the positives you install in me Frank.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Jflash3 on February 03, 2012, 10:51:40 PM
Thats right Frank, 2013,2014,2015,2016 and so on.. Your winning this battle my friend!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 05, 2012, 10:05:10 PM
I had another hormone implant today. That's not really news. Dr. Grimes (that's me) may have had the number of those treatments wrong. I asked the nurse if this was the last one & she said March of 2013 is what the notes said, & showed it to me. Some how I thought it was two years after my last radiation treatments. Wheew! Oh well, one day at a time.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on June 06, 2012, 09:32:59 AM
Look on the bright side Frank. In the old days they would just remove the cojones and we definitely wouldn't want a neutered Grimes walking around.
Stay strong Paco! We love you!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 06, 2012, 08:47:57 PM
Thanks Jesse! I'll be OK, reading it on the computer screen whacked me. When the nurse said it, it surprised me, & she turned the screen & showed it to me. I can refuse treatments, it just wouldn't be smart. Is that Spanish for those things? I would have started with a Ka. Can't wait! I have four more Dr. appointments this month relative to cancer & I expect to be on course. It's Great to have friends!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 25, 2012, 11:14:36 PM
More good news! I wasn't going to post anything, but after talking to Randy, & then confirmed from Jesse & Jason, I decided to post.  My PSA is not detectable! That's huge! In this process, I meet with numerous Doctors & nurses. I met with the radiologist Friday 06/22/12 & also learned my last hormone implant will be August 29th 2012. Huge!  That will be two years after my last radiation treatment. I meet with the GU Dr. July 6th, but I don't think it will be news worthy.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on June 26, 2012, 08:22:30 AM
More good news! I wasn't going to post anything, but after talking to Randy, & then confirmed from Jesse & Jason, I decided to post.  My PSA is not detectable! That's huge! In this process, I meet with numerous Doctors & nurses. I met with the radiologist Friday 06/22/12 & also learned my last hormone implant will be August 29th 2012. Hugh!  That will be two years after my last radiation treatment. I meet with the GU Dr. July 6th, but I don't think it will be news worthy.
The bumper sticker is right Frankie...FIGHT TO WIN!! And your doing it!
                                                    :) :) :)

                               That's a big time positive my Brother!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: krupicka on June 26, 2012, 01:34:22 PM
That's great news, Frank.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: xgibbyx on June 27, 2012, 06:01:48 PM
More good news! I wasn't going to post anything, but after talking to Randy, & then confirmed from Jesse & Jason, I decided to post.  My PSA is not detectable! That's huge! In this process, I meet with numerous Doctors & nurses. I met with the radiologist Friday 06/22/12 & also learned my last hormone implant will be August 29th 2012. Huge!  That will be two years after my last radiation treatment. I meet with the GU Dr. July 6th, but I don't think it will be news worthy.

That is fantastic!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on September 13, 2012, 07:44:04 AM
Happy Born Day Frankie!! Thanks for all you do for everybody!!

                                      :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on September 14, 2012, 06:14:24 AM
Happy Birthday Paco!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: kev on September 14, 2012, 07:10:54 AM
Happy Birthday, Frank!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: xgibbyx on September 14, 2012, 12:31:05 PM
Happy Birthday Frankie!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 24, 2012, 07:27:18 AM
I'm doing well with my cancer battle! A friend called last week, Paul, asking how I was doing. I've been told often I look good. Of course I already thought that.  ;) They probable mean healthy. I've lost a huge amount of muscle mass. I can't curl 60 lbs. The medication I've been taking for over 2 1/2 years, gets the credit. My spirit could not be better! I'm so grateful for the support, it's huge!!! Thanks!!! I don't know if I can open the can of cancer whoop ass yet, but I'm doing good. I've got to work on getting my energy back.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Tafe on November 24, 2012, 10:34:08 AM
"I've got to work on getting my energy back."
This coming from the man that puts more work into our courses than all of us AND the park districts combined!
Rock on Sodfather!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 24, 2012, 12:38:32 PM
"I've got to work on getting my energy back."
This coming from the man that puts more work into our courses than all of us AND the park districts combined!
Rock on Sodfather!
So true Tafe. He's planning on a bench Thursday. Never ending love!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on January 12, 2013, 07:30:15 PM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on January 13, 2013, 03:49:52 AM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!
It shows in your drives lately Frankie!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on January 13, 2013, 03:54:28 AM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!
It shows in your drives lately Frankie!
And you deserve it my Brother because you fought like no one I have ever seen fight that fight. Congrats.... me and my family are so happy for you Frankie!  :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Mick on January 13, 2013, 06:45:51 PM
Very Excited to hear the GREAT news Frankie!!!  ;D We've been praying for ya! Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: xgibbyx on January 13, 2013, 08:58:03 PM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!

I'm so happy and proud of you! Positive attitude and a winning spirit beats the odds brother! Great news - even though you told me at Channy - still had to say it again how happy I am for you!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: kev on January 14, 2013, 05:21:05 AM
That's fantastic news, Frank!

Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Mcfrolfer on January 14, 2013, 09:14:55 AM
WTG FRANK! Your a inspiration to all!  :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on January 15, 2013, 07:05:45 AM
That's great news Paco!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: changosaenz on February 11, 2013, 08:43:45 PM
For Frankie lol it ony wall
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on February 25, 2013, 05:38:46 PM
Well, there is more concern about my health issues. I have a small tumor on my brain. It perhaps came from my hormone treatments, but for now it's unknown. I need to meet with a neurosurgeon & we go from there. My Primary care Dr. went to both ends of the spectrum, surgery to nothing. I complained on my cancer visits & thus the MRI & then these results. Further tests will be coming. I'm passing on what my primary care Dr. told me. I'm taking a deep breath & a sigh. Keep chugging the good thoughts & Prayers!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: xgibbyx on February 25, 2013, 06:21:10 PM
Well, there is more concern about my health issues. I have a small tumor on my brain. It perhaps came from my hormone treatments, but for now it's unknown. I need to meet with a neurosurgeon & we go from there. My Primary care Dr. went to both ends of the spectrum, surgery to nothing. I complained on my cancer visits & thus the MRI & then these results. Further tests will be coming. I'm passing on what my primary care Dr. told me. Keep chugging the good thoughts & Prayers!!!

Awww dammit! Everything was looking great there! Not that I'm worried, but more bad news just sucks! My prayers and thoughts are always with you my friend.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: kev on February 25, 2013, 06:42:29 PM
You can beat this too, Frank! Plenty of positive thoughts
And good prayers coming your way my friend!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on February 25, 2013, 09:20:55 PM
Well, there is more concern about my health issues. I have a small tumor on my brain. It perhaps came from my hormone treatments, but for now it's unknown. I need to meet with a neurosurgeon & we go from there. My Primary care Dr. went to both ends of the spectrum, surgery to nothing. I complained on my cancer visits & thus the MRI & then these results. Further tests will be coming. I'm passing on what my primary care Dr. told me. I'm taking a deep breath & a sigh. Keep chugging the good thoughts & Prayers!!!
Prayers are pouring your way Frank. We are all here for you and our love is with you!

Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: blackandwhite on February 26, 2013, 09:12:45 AM
Frankie, you've come along way and given many of us hope. This isnt going to slow you down at all. Best of luck to you and yours

Much love from everyone!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Mcfrolfer on February 28, 2013, 10:39:01 AM
Bad news always sucks. From what I have seen though, your awesome at overcoming bad news. Good luck Frank!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: SaenzDisc on February 28, 2013, 01:02:28 PM
Frankie, I sincerely hope the best for you. You are honestly one of my heroes.  ;D your passion and ambition is so inspiring. Your love for the game and your course is amazing. Everytime I get together plans to go out and disc, I try to fit all the other local courses into my game, but constantly find myself ending up at good old channy! The things you have for us there are literally jaw dropping. That is my home, it is where i take my friends and people that are new to the game and they are left in awe. More importantly its where i bring my family. I am so proud to bring my baby girl and my fiance out there and have the best times of our lives out at channy. I am so glad my daughter will grow up at the best park and disc golf course ever. Sorry to ramble, but I just wanted to make sure you get a piece of the huge recognition and thank you that you deserve. I look up to you Frank and hope to follow in your footsteps. Hang in there buddy! If you ever need a hand pleaae dont hesitate to ask.

          Sincerely,
     Mike, Brittany, and Chelsea Saenz
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: changosaenz on March 01, 2013, 08:21:13 AM
/\/\/\ I second that Frankie your a great person!!!!! Keep on keeping on
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on March 12, 2013, 12:54:51 AM
A bomb was dropped on me two weeks ago with brain cancer. Needless to say I've been extremely anxious. Not being contacted by the neurosurgeon, & curious I picked up my records. I have a tumor in my pituitary gland, 1.2 cm, just under 1/2". Reading about it, says it's most likely noncancerous. That's huge! A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland, the part of the brain that regulates the body's balance of hormones. I'm curious if the 2 1/2 years of hormone therapy relates to this tumor? It's interesting how fixing one problem, creates another. Randy Moore knows what I'm talking about.
You're support is huge!!! Most will have their family & friends. I'm blessed with the Disc Golf community, plus my family & friends!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on March 12, 2013, 04:13:22 AM
A bomb was dropped on me two weeks ago with brain cancer. Needless to say I've been extremely anxious. Not being contacted by the neurosurgeon, & curious I picked up my records. I have a tumor in my pituitary gland, 1.2 cm, just under 1/2". Reading about it, says it's most likely noncancerous. That's huge! A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth in the pituitary gland, the part of the brain that regulates the body's balance of hormones. I'm curious if the 2 1/2 years of hormone therapy relates to this tumor? It's interesting how fixing one problem, creates another. Randy Moore knows what I'm talking about.
You're support is huge!!! Most will have their family & friends. I'm blessed with the Disc Golf community, plus my family & friends!!!
Anything you need Frankie just ask. Prayers are pouring your way my Brother. Your strength and spirit has carried me through some tough times and you will beat this just like all the other evils you defeated. Friends and family are so important and you are always there Frankie.  :) You are amazing!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on April 05, 2013, 07:26:49 AM
I was just thinking about you Paco. How are things going? Any new updates?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on April 05, 2013, 11:17:52 PM
Thanks for asking Jesse. I'm feeling no worse than flat. It seems that I have a hormone dysfunction. I'm still getting hot flashes & meet with an endocrinologist Thursday. That's a hormone Dr. I'm not sure what's up with the brain tumor. My guess is the side effects are minimal like slight headaches, so it's not of great concern at this time. Something is going on, I hope we can find it & treat it.
Regardless of the bumps in the road, I'll be moving forward, Randy Moore is watching me  ;)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on April 06, 2013, 12:25:02 AM
Thanks for asking Jesse. I'm feeling no worse than flat. It seems that I have a hormone dysfunction. I'm still getting hot flashes & meet with an endocrinologist Thursday. That's a hormone Dr. I'm not sure what's up with the brain tumor. My guess is the side effects are minimal like slight headaches, so it's not of great concern at this time. Something is going on, I hope we can find it & treat it.
Regardless of the bumps in the road, I'll be moving forward, Randy Moore is watching me  ;)
Jesse, Frank is one of the most positive Human Being I have ever met and I feed off his energy. He will beat this tumor because that's who he is. Frank is such an inspiration we can all learn from....I know I have.... Pray on!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 06, 2013, 10:06:52 PM
After 3 months, I finally met with the neurosurgeon, that was May 23rd. He sent me to Loyola, & I met that neurosurgeon June 4th. This is the 3rd most common brain tumor & only a 2-3 hr. surgery with 2-3 days recovery.  He said some brain surgeries can be 18 to 24 hrs. He also said they meet with other Dr's. like the endocrinologist (endo), radiologist & discuss each case. Surgery may not be needed, but this is the short story of what we talked about.
The next test for the cancer is coming up. This will be the first full cycle without hormone treatments.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Tafe on June 09, 2013, 05:20:06 PM
Have the doctors looked at menopause for the hot flashes?  Ha.  Just kidding.  Glad to hear that you're keeping your spirits up.

On a side note, I have an update for you with my dad's prostate cancer.  6 1/2 months ago his PSA had skyrocketed to 29.5.  The proctologist put him on a chemo pill, bicalutamide or something.  Last week he was tested again and his PSA is now 0.25!!  I guess the stuff is working.  Although it seems to be messing with his hormones as well.  It seems the chemo messesup testosterone levels.
But he is ecstatic at the PSA.
Keep trucking on!!!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on June 11, 2013, 06:37:45 AM
Have the doctors looked at menopause for the hot flashes?  Ha.  Just kidding.  Glad to hear that you're keeping your spirits up.

On a side note, I have an update for you with my dad's prostate cancer.  6 1/2 months ago his PSA had skyrocketed to 29.5.  The proctologist put him on a chemo pill, bicalutamide or something.  Last week he was tested again and his PSA is now 0.25!!  I guess the stuff is working.  Although it seems to be messing with his hormones as well.  It seems the chemo messesup testosterone levels.
But he is ecstatic at the PSA.
Keep trucking on!!!
Thanks Tafe, it is a battle. Great news for your Dad!!!Part of what the hormone treatments did was take away my testosterone & my body hasn't replaced it. Because of the nature of my cancer I can't take anything to replace it. So, I'm a bitch with mood swings & hot flashes. :) That's OK, so far I'm wining the battles.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Disc71 on August 21, 2014, 09:54:51 AM
The Legend of Paco Grimes
As you all might know Frank just had surgery on his head. Everything went well and once again Paco kicked ass! I heard he woke up looking for his chainsaw & weed whacker. 
Everyone has been praying for you and we hope you have a quick smooth recovery.
We love you Paco!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on August 21, 2014, 10:34:49 AM
Everyone must keep a close eye on Frankie, Doctor said no bending over for a while, Frank doesn't have take it easy in his vocabulary, rest my Friend.... Get well soon Frankie!
                                        :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 21, 2014, 07:08:14 PM
The Legend of Paco Grimes
As you all might know Frank just had surgery on his head. Everything went well and once again Paco kicked ass! I heard he woke up looking for his chainsaw & weed whacker. 
Everyone has been praying for you and we hope you have a quick smooth recovery.
We love you Paco!
That's really awesome!!! Thanks!!!
Here's what happened. I had a pituitary tumor (brain) removed. What they did drill through my nasal passage into my skull & removed the tumor. They patched the holes & packed the nostrils. I can't breath through my nose, so I eat with my mouth open, until Mon. they take it out.  Its a delicate surgery & took a little over 4 1/2 hrs. They're are nerves & arties around that area. What I need to be careful of is blowing the nose plugs, or the stitches used in the patch. I need to be careful putting pressure on that area. It's been relatively pain less. I'm shocked about that. They gave me 60 oxycodone for the pain.   
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on August 21, 2014, 09:11:17 PM
Glad to here you are doing well. I think about you a lot when I read articles.  One day we will have to have a talk about "alternatives" for those meds.  Hope to see ya soon.  I know im not alone sending good vibes to the sod father. (haha  I love that one)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 22, 2014, 01:42:11 PM
The Legend of Paco Grimes
As you all might know Frank just had surgery on his head. Everything went well and once again Paco kicked ass! I heard he woke up looking for his chainsaw & weed whacker. 
Everyone has been praying for you and we hope you have a quick smooth recovery.
We love you Paco!
That's really awesome!!! Thanks!!!
Here's what happened. I had a pituitary tumor (brain) removed. What they did drill through my nasal passage into my skull & removed the tumor. They patched the holes & packed the nostrils. I can't breath through my nose, so I eat with my mouth open, until Mon. they take it out.  Its a delicate surgery & took a little over 4 1/2 hrs. They're are nerves & arties around that area. What I need to be careful of is blowing the nose plugs, or the stitches used in the patch. I need to be careful putting pressure on that area. It's been relatively pain less. I'm shocked about that. They gave me 60 oxycodone for the pain.   
I left something that's important about the nose plugs/patches. If they don't hold, I have two hrs. to get t a hospital. The patch is holding the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) So I need to be careful.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on August 26, 2014, 09:13:29 PM
Let me know when you ready for some Famous Dave's Barbecue. I'm buying!
                                                :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on August 26, 2014, 09:33:44 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yYXN67UttM&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yYXN67UttM&feature=youtu.be)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHCFgQJ6bkA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHCFgQJ6bkA)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yYXN67UttM&feature=youtu.be (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4yYXN67UttM&feature=youtu.be)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/416702921703509/ (https://www.facebook.com/groups/416702921703509/)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY)

I cant stay quiet anymore.  Look into it..I am here to help.

(this is not me in the video)

Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on August 27, 2014, 11:54:17 AM
A couple more.  I know its prob alot, just putting it out there.  These are more natural therapies that dont use MMJ.

http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/ (http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/)

http://www.budwigcenter.com/ (http://www.budwigcenter.com/)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 27, 2014, 09:25:44 PM
A couple more.  I know its prob alot, just putting it out there.  These are more natural therapies that dont use MMJ.

[url]http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/[/url] ([url]http://gerson.org/gerpress/the-gerson-therapy/[/url])

[url]http://www.budwigcenter.com/[/url] ([url]http://www.budwigcenter.com/[/url])
Who is the chainBanger?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on August 27, 2014, 09:35:23 PM
Let me know when you ready for some Famous Dave's Barbecue. I'm buying!
                                                :)
Yum!!! It may be a little while. Although the nose packs are removed, my smell & taste is not there. I'm looking forward to it brother. ;)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on August 29, 2014, 08:24:42 AM
He is a member of a huge group "cannabis oil success stories". It's changing the way people treat their illness. There are also diets and other ways to make our bodies fight disease. Next time I see you at handicaps or out on the course, I'd love to try explaining the little bit I know. If you think It will help, we can go from there. I just lost a 24 ur old friend on July 4th to the complications from cancer. After that I am going to be as vocal ap possible to help those around me. Feel better Frank. I'll talk to ya soon.

His name is Don Wilkins. We are in the process of arranging a worldwide walk to raise awareness

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T4vDhdiSD0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T4vDhdiSD0)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmlzm2BhoQ (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmlzm2BhoQ)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_lmowuCrdA (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_lmowuCrdA)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on September 14, 2014, 09:34:53 PM
www.cureyourowncancer.org/documentaries.html (http://www.cureyourowncancer.org/documentaries.html)

Here is another site for you to look at frank.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on September 15, 2014, 09:15:40 PM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!

Finally got a chance to read all 9 pages.  I wanted to congratulate you on this post, even though its very late.   ;D
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on September 15, 2014, 10:06:45 PM
Well, I haven't heard this word apply to me, remission! I met with the radiologist yesterday, Jan. 11, & she uttered that word. The last two psa reading were 0.01 down from 13.82. It is awesome news!!! It can pop up again, but it's coming up to 3 years & everything is going in the right direction. Another step in this process is to have the hormone medication leave my system. I did not get a definite answer to that question, but in general a few months.
Thanks for the support, it's huge!!!

Finally got a chance to read all 9 pages.  I wanted to congratulate you on this post, even though its very late.   ;D
Thanks ChainBanger, & by the way, the brain tumor is not cancerous. I would like to talk with you.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on September 16, 2014, 12:35:07 PM
Glad to hear that. I have been busy on Tuesdays lately, but plan to be there next week.   Will you be out there tonight?
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on September 16, 2014, 08:44:38 PM
Glad to hear that. I have been busy on Tuesdays lately, but plan to be there next week.   Will you be out there tonight?
No, Tim Murray is filling in for me on Tuesdays. I will be at the Dellwood Grand Opening, at least at the start. Also at the Channahon Classic, if that works for you.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: ChainBanger on September 16, 2014, 10:01:18 PM
I will be at both.  ;D 
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 11, 2014, 10:19:53 AM
Thank You for your service Frankie.... Have a great Veterans Day!
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 11, 2014, 06:48:04 PM
Thank You for your service Frankie.... Have a great Veterans Day!
Thanks Randy! It makes me proud to be a Vet.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 11, 2015, 05:18:26 PM
Happy Veterans Day Frankie and to all the Veterans! :)
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Frankie on November 12, 2015, 09:42:33 AM
Happy Veterans Day Frankie and to all the Veterans! :)
Thanks Randy, it means a lot! I was in a Veterans Day parade. I've been thinking, maybe we could do another bench next year.
Title: Re: My Friend FRANK
Post by: Goforit on November 14, 2015, 09:19:20 AM
Happy Veterans Day Frankie and to all the Veterans! :)
Thanks Randy, it means a lot! I was in a Veterans Day parade. I've been thinking, maybe we could do another bench next year.
Sounds good, we need trees, going to look empty pretty soon, they got hole 4, soon 14 I would imagine. Going to be a long winter.