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One in eight fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including 3,400 men in Maryland this year alone.
I am now one of the 3,400 men who are battling Prostate Cancer in Maryland. My journey began with a simple blood test on June 16, 2016 that led to multiple doctor visits and procedures. It was confirmed on July 14, 2016 that I had Stage 2 Prostate Cancer. We were told that it was a very slow growing cancer and were given multiple treatment options. We chose surgery and scheduled it for September. After a successful surgery we were told that the margins were clear and it had been contained to the prostate and I was cancer free. In early December, in what can only be described as a punch to the gut, a blood test confirmed that the cancer was still there and now Stage 3. I immediately started Hormone Therapy and was referred to a Radiation Oncologist. After more blood tests, it reveled that this "Slow Growing Cancer" was aggressive and spreading so it was recommended that we be just as aggressive and do Chemotherapy before Radiation. Johns Hopkins accepted my case and performed an experimental PSMA PET/CT Scan just for Prostate Cancer. It confirmed that the cancer had metastasized and had spread to the lymph nodes and soft tissue. So now we are looking at Stage 4 Advanced Prostate Cancer. I tolerated 4 cycles of Chemotherapy February through April and have scheduled 39 Radiation treatments starting on May 30th and finishing on July 25th.
I'm reliving this past year as I write this and I can't believe how much has happened. As a family who never asks for help we had to learn how to let people in when we were at the lowest point in our lives. Because of our friends we have been able to keep our sanity. The meal train that kept us fed when we were to busy or sick to worry about meal planning. The friends getting our kids to school when we had to be at Hopkins first thing in the morning. The text and phone calls offering love, support, and encouragement. I've accepted that I will have many more doctor appointments in my future but I refuse to let this disease win. I will continue to laugh, live, love and push forward. I am running this 10k to show this disease who's in charge and to let you all know that I will never quit.
I'm participating in the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk because I want to put an end to prostate cancer. Please support me by making a tax-deductible contribution today!
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