Surviving Prostate Cancer

I have been writing and rewriting my ideas about ‘reminiscence’ after I got here throughout a track known as “I Keep in mind You” by Frank Ifield, recorded within the early 1960’s. I hit the (writing) wall… till at the moment.

I just lately posted to Fb, a word that I’ve been Most cancers FREE for 5 years. The responses to that publish have had my thoughts spinning like a dreidel all day.

My ideas have run via reminiscences of dropping two of my brothers to most cancers, Robert Lynn Coons in 1994, at age 47 and Michael Edward Coons in 2012, at age 56, in addition to uncles, aunts, cousins and different pals. Within the case of my brothers, their cancers have been extensively unfold by the point they have been recognized. We do not know if it included Prostate Most cancers. It even hurts to see that in print. Nearly everybody I do know and positively most of these individuals who clicked on “Like” or commented on that publish, have members of the family, shut and distant and pals, whom they’ve additionally misplaced to most cancers. Seeing that I’ve survived* it, needed to harm these whose members of the family and pals didn’t. I by no means take that survival as a right. Not ever.* No matter prompted most cancers to invade my physique might trigger it once more, solely not in the identical manner. I am extra conscious now, however as George Carlin may say, ‘Simply because the monkey is off you again, does not imply the circus has left city’.

I ask you; plead with you to be extra conscious than I used to be. The prognosis of current Prostate Most cancers got here to me via a type of serendipitous occasions which grew from what I believed was a distinct bodily downside. I had annual physicals and realized after the truth that my PSA had been climbing over the three earlier years. I had seen it however didn’t course of the knowledge.

On the morning of January 2, 2010 Louisa, Seven and I have been strolling in Washington Park. It was very chilly and there was snow on the bottom, very like at the moment; nothing uncommon about that. Louisa stopped to speak about canine with a gentleman who was additionally strolling his canine. Sooner or later I spotted that I used to be unsteady. I felt that, if I attempted to maneuver I might fall. After they ending visiting, Louisa began to stroll and stopped, asking me what was fallacious. I mentioned that I did not assume I might transfer with out falling. She walked me to a bench and sat with me. She mentioned I had no indicators usually related to a stroke. After a couple of minutes, maybe 5, I acquired up and walked some along with her. I felt alright, however was shaken sufficient to schedule an appointment with a physician. The go to and the following journey, began on January 5, 2010.

Dr. Katherin Compton examined me, took a blood draw and steered that I go to a neurologist, which I did. She additionally mentioned that I ought to go to with a urologist, since my PSA was excessive, at 9 on the time. For the subsequent 4 weeks I underwent mind scans, MRI, MRE, eeg, ekg and I do not recall what else with out taking a look at data. The neurologist confirmed that I had not had a TIA, however almost certainly skilled low blood sugar on the occasion within the park.

I did go to the urologist, Dr. Reuven Rosen who steered a biopsy based mostly on the sample of the rising PSA. The biopsy confirmed Prostate Most cancers; caught at an early stage. After contemplating varied choices of remedy, together with pure and chemo, and as a result of historical past of most cancers in my household, I selected to have the robotic surgical procedure to take away it. I’ve and do give due to God for his steering, placing me in care and the talents of Dr. Jeremy Weiss, his employees, nurse, medical doctors and technicians. I say I’m most cancers free as a result of, since that surgical procedure on January four, 2011, my PSA continues to be “undetectable”, which actually means ‘not sufficient to measure’.

My buddy, the late Charles Burrell* launched me to the Hamilton Rademacher Males Most cancers Neighborhood (HRMCC), two weeks after my surgical procedure. I proceed to take part within the assist group and encourage you to contact me personally, via Fb Non-public Messenger or by cellphone, if you understand of any man whom you assume may benefit from our discussions. Males often do not need to take part or talk about prostate most cancers or speak about any sickness. The HRMCC offers an environment the place males actually try this. Actually. *To not be confused with the well-known Denver musician of the identical title.

Prostate Most cancers continues to be researched and is supported by teams regionally, such because the Prostate Situations Training Council (PCEC) and thru occasions akin to Mac’s Run for PCEC and the Denver Blue Shoe 5k, hosted by The Urology Clinic of Colorado (TUCC). I’ve run in every of these races, sporting a BIB that has a quantity and the phrase SURVIVOR on it. I’m a five-year survivor of Prostate Most cancers. I’m cautious about what I eat and drink and stay watchful of any modifications that may sign a change in that state.

There aren’t many ‘givens’ about Prostate Most cancers. Due to the prostate, it is a male sickness, generally discovered as early as ages 40 plus and extra usually 50 plus. For causes unknown up to now, if is discovered extra usually in African American males. I requested a visitor speaker at a gathering of the HRMCC, a retired urologist why that’s. He mentioned, ‘we simply do not know.’ It is an vital a part of the analysis, however as but, with no conclusive outcomes.

I thanks on your response to my publish on Fb.com and for studying this Ezine Article. I might admire it much more if you’ll go to with the boys in your lives about it. For those who’re studying this and also you’re a person over 40, please speak with a urologist about your prostate situation.

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