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One in seven fathers, sons, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including more than 180,000 throughout the U.S. this year alone.
This November, I'm putting down the razor and picking up the cause by participating in the Grow & Give campaign with ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer. Together, we can end the suffering of prostate cancer, but I need your support!
Your donation will help fund research, patient programs that go directly to helping men and their families, free testing, educational programs, and more.
Please support me by making a tax-deductible contribution today! You'll feel proud knowing that you're helping keep families together and saving lives.
I was diagnosed in Feb. 2016, following my annual physical exam, which reveled a slight rise in my PSA base line,(from 3.5 to 5.9) and after further monitoring to see if my PSA would change , was referred to a urologist for more tests, and a subsequent biopsy...up to this point, I was non symptomatic, and no family history of any kind of cancer....so to be told my biopsy results confirmed the presence of cancer,graded with a Gleason score of 7 (3+4), putting mid at a mid grade stage 2... was a bit of a shock....armed with more information than I knew what to do with, and becoming more and more depressed with the results of a cancer diagnosis, surgery seemed to be the clear path to take, so in April 2016, I went with a radical open nerve sparing prostatectomy...pathology on the prostate and surrounding margin, along with the lymph nodes, all showed to be clear, and my 3 month blood work came back with a PSA of .009.... so by all accounts, the surgery was a complete success, and I am currently cancer free....but the journey doesn't end with the elimination of the disease...you still have to heal, and there are life altering side effects from the surgery, even if 100% successful....incontinence and erectile dysfunction will have to be delt with regardless....and the data in those areas is fairly broad, so you really are left not knowing what to expect, and as a man, if you don't think that will mess with your head, well, I can tell you it will, and sadly, so much attention id given to simply iradicating the disease, that little or no attention goes towards the aftermath...it truly is a life changing event...in every way imaginable....but we do have to start somewhere, and curing the disease, and/or cultivating less traumatic treatments for the disease is why I am now devoting what lifetime I have left, to those ends....
If we as men, can come together, following the lead of our female counterparts, who are nothing short of warriors in the fight against beat cancer, and do as much in the fight against prostate cancer, then I believe great things can be accomplished...but it takes money to fund the research....please, help, what ever you can, YOU can make a difference!!!!
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