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    Wink EOY Thanks to Kelkel and 2SOX and to Steriod.com

    Finishing my year of TRT and I want to thank 2SOX and Kelkel for the many PM's that I sent and your answers to the many questions and advice that I have have received and to the others that responded in me finding a TRT doc here in Jax to simple questions to determine of I really I know what the hell I am doing and a big thanks to Steriod .com for making this all happen.

    Thank you all and My wife thanks you as well for me feeling like I am in my 20's versus being 48

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    No worries kewe. Nice to feel 20 something again isn't it!
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    it is always good to hear stories like this!

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    I would also like to thank kelkel, 2SOX, and many others who have helped me during my first year of TRT as well! Thanks guys!!!

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    sSems theres a few of us celebrating 1 year on trt, i too have had a massive turnaround and put it down to a good dr, research and in particular Kel for his input. Big shout out to 2sox who is going thru his own drama at the moment- hope 2016 give you better news.

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    This is a great site, Kel and 2sox are two of many who have contributed to me also. Well deserved thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beethoven
    This is a great site, Kel and 2sox are two of many who have contributed to me also. Well deserved thanks.
    Agreed, really appreciate you guys. 2sox wishing you all the health and prayers for the new year hang in there brother.

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    Thanks so much for your well wishes, guys. It's so good to know that I have had a good effect on others. It's the kind of thing that makes for a state of mind that fights disease and makes one stronger.

    Last week was my first week of chemo and it's amazing what modern science and medicine has done to make things comfortable. Forget the images from those films that show people wretching over a toilet bowl. (Like in Breaking Bad). It just does NOT happen anymore. Anti-nausea meds are infused simultaneously during chemo so you leave with no discomfort at all. And you're prescribed meds to take at home if you're feeling poorly. The most I have ever felt is a little queazy.

    The most serious side effects I've experienced is knock down fatigue for a few days after, and loss of weight - muscle mass along with fat. But this goes with the territory. Nice thing is when it's over, it all comes back - with hard work of course.

    A lot of mysteries of my condition were solved over the last few weeks. The bladder cancer was more serious than first thought. It penetrated the muscular wall of the bladder and actually migrated into the prostate - which is what was giving me the pain I had talked about in another thread. Not prostatitis at all but the cancer inflaming everything down there. Saw a pain doctor who put me on Fentanyl transdermal patches, which deliver a continuous supply of morphine into the bloodstream - and Dilaudid for breakthrough pain. It was a new day for me. Incredible relief.

    And this is a VERY big FYI for anyone on opiate pain meds: There is a relatively new medication, Movantik - which addresses OIC - opiate induced constipation. Once a day in the A.M. on an empty stomach, it disables the opiod receptors in the gut which makes your GI system operate like normal. It is truly a miracle drug. My pain doctor gave me free samples of this and it was amazing.

    Anyway, after four courses of chemo I'll have to have surgery. Pretty serious stuff. The bladder and prostate have to come out. No more bladder means another means to remove the urine. I choose the Indiana Pouch - which is an unseen pouch inside the abdominal wall through which urine is removed through a small hole (e.g. belly button) by a small catheter every 4-6 hours. Much better than living with a bag attached! Sex? Yes. But the thing I am most grateful for is that I'll be alive to enjoy the rest of my life. I'm responding well to chemo and things look very good.

    An after note: You may recall from another post that I had a procedure called TURP - to cut away some of the prostate tissue surrounding the urethra to relieve the symptoms of BPH. One of the benefits to me besides those expected was incredibly increased erection strength and staying power. Being with a woman I'm madly in love with is the main thing but things have been better than they have been in years!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Sox View Post
    It's so good to know that I have had a good effect on others. !
    You have indeed. Be well 2Sox and keep us updated on your progress please!

    ps: think this would be a good time to ask your doc for low dose Serostim?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    You have indeed. Be well 2Sox and keep us updated on your progress please!

    ps: think this would be a good time to ask your doc for low dose Serostim?
    Thanks, Kel. Will do. I'll ask about Serostim. But sometimes these things are double edged swords. Substances that help the body in good ways also feed cancer cells and help their growth and survival. I have no doubt that my use of GHRPs caused my cancer to progress more rapidly because GH helps cancer growth proliferation. I stopped those completely as soon as I was diagnosed.

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    2sox, I had been away for a while and did not know. My prayers will go out to you for a speedy recovery. You are truly one of the good ones brother. Hang tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beethoven View Post
    2sox, I had been away for a while and did not know. My prayers will go out to you for a speedy recovery. You are truly one of the good ones brother. Hang tough.
    Hey, B. I was wondering where you went. I hope all is well with you. And thank you for your kind words. Your well wishes and those of others mean a very great deal to me.
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    I come & go on here aswell & wasn't aware of your situation 2sox. I wish you all the best on your situation...glad to see that things are looking to be headed in the right direction! You & Kel are a big part of this forum & when I do get on here I give full attention to what you to have to say on any given topic. Godspeed brother!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 64509chvl View Post
    Godspeed brother!
    Thank you. And to you brother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Sox View Post
    Hey, B. I was wondering where you went. I hope all is well with you. And thank you for your kind words. Your well wishes and those of others mean a very great deal to me.
    Yeah life happens brother. I have a family member with a similar battle this last year and came out ahead. I'm with you . If you should need any encouragement or even just to vent, I'm here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beethoven View Post
    Yeah life happens brother. I have a family member with a similar battle this last year and came out ahead. I'm with you . If you should need any encouragement or even just to vent, I'm here.
    Thanks, B.

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    Sorry to hear of your condition 2Sox, my very best wishes for a speedy & continued recovery...

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    Best wishes man. Hope all goes well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by APIs View Post
    Sorry to hear of your condition 2Sox, my very best wishes for a speedy & continued recovery...
    Thanks, man.

    And thank you DSS.

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    Wow, I've also been away for a while and had no idea! I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers 2Sox.

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    Dang 2Sox good luck man!! prayers sent!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodacious View Post
    Dang 2Sox good luck man!! prayers sent!!
    Bodacious and Baxter,

    I can never get too many prayers. Never. I'll need them all. Thanks brothers. I can't tell you how good hearing from all you guys makes me feel.

    Started my second round of chemo today. After this week, two more to go.

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    2sox, all positive thoughts sent your way! Attitude is everything and if there is anyone on this board I would bet my money on to stay strong and focused it would be you my man.
    Take comfort in knowing others do care.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullshark99 View Post
    2sox, all positive thoughts sent your way! Attitude is everything and if there is anyone on this board I would bet my money on to stay strong and focused it would be you my man.
    Take comfort in knowing others do care.....
    Thank you for what you say. And I definitely do take comfort in that. It matters to me.

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    My utmost respect to kelkel for all his help to me as well since starting my journey 3 years ago, I couldn't have gotten to where I am without his advice and help.

    And to 2sox I send well wishes and support for you bro. You're a warrior and you will come out the other end of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Viking13 View Post
    My utmost respect to kelkel for all his help to me as well since starting my journey 3 years ago, I couldn't have gotten to where I am without his advice and help.

    And to 2sox I send well wishes and support for you bro. You're a warrior and you will come out the other end of this.
    I couldn't agree with you more. When I first came on, Kel's patient guidance and encouragement - not to mention knowledge - helped me through some very difficult and confusing times. I couldn't be here doing what I do, without him and without the other members who joined with him in this endeavor. I am personally very grateful to him for this.

    And I want to thank you, Viking, for your words of encouragement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Sox View Post
    I couldn't agree with you more. When I first came on, Kel's patient guidance and encouragement - not to mention knowledge - helped me through some very difficult and confusing times. I couldn't be here doing what I do, without him and without the other members who joined with him in this endeavor. I am personally very grateful to him for this.

    And I want to thank you, Viking, for your words of encouragement.

    Just saw this post. Thank you 2Sox and everyone else. The respect is mutual.
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    Sox i am so sorry to read about this i pop in and out of here and always read your posts or replies. I wish and pray everything work out for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clarky. View Post
    Sox i am so sorry to read about this i pop in and out of here and always read your posts or replies. I wish and pray everything work out for you.
    Thanks for you good wishes, Clarky.

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    Just got some excellent news. My preoperative CT of this past week came back with no tumor evidence at all. As the oncologist said, it looked like a "normal" CT. This bodes very well for my surgical outcome as the possibility of a neobladder (closest thing to a normally functioning urinary system) looks very good. Surgery is a little more than a week away - March 4. Five to seven day stay at the hospital. Thought I'd keep you guys updated.
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    That is great news brother! Happy for you!
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    Excellent news, keep your head up, and we are praying for you and the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelkel View Post
    That is great news brother! Happy for you!
    Thanks, Kel. And Richard. It is good news. By no means does this mean I'm cancer free; the reason for the surgery. But it sure does give me more options.

    Meanwhile I'm working hard for the main event coming up. Already put on some pounds and muscle over the last few weeks.

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    good on you Sox. good on you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Sox View Post
    Just got some excellent news. My preoperative CT of this past week came back with no tumor evidence at all. As the oncologist said, it looked like a "normal" CT. This bodes very well for my surgical outcome as the possibility of a neobladder (closest thing to a normally functioning urinary system) looks very good. Surgery is a little more than a week away - March 4. Five to seven day stay at the hospital. Thought I'd keep you guys updated.
    Great news 2Sox!! Continued prayers and positive energy your way my man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NACH3 View Post
    Great news 2Sox!! Continued prayers and positive energy your way my man!
    Simon, Nach,

    Thanks guys.

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    Dude Kelkel is the man! I have almost as much of a nohomo man crush on him as I do The Rock

    But seriously, he has helped me out immensely with my TRT protocol and has been a total lifesaver when im poking around in the dark trying to figure out wtf to do lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Sox
    Simon, Nach, Thanks guys.
    I hadn't seen this thread and wishing you continued good news!

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    Thanks, GGR!

    The surgery was on March 4 and was a complete success. All pathology reports came back negative so I have a second chance at life. The surgeon was brilliant and gave me a neobladder. Aside from having to use diapers for awhile, I'm on my way to a full recovery. I have to go easy for awhile but I already started back at the gym with a couple of very light workouts.

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    Excellent news 2Sox.

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