I’ve always been an active person throughout my life, and I was a physical education teacher. So to find out, at 48, that I had prostate cancer, that came as a pretty big surprise.
It started with a check-up and getting the PSA test. My doctor noticed the PSA shot up, and scheduled to check in with it six months later. When the PSA shot up again, I had to go in for a biopsy. The biopsy showed that I had prostate cancer.
When you hear the word, cancer, it hits you for a loss. You think about the other people you know who have battled cancer, and you start thinking about what they went through. Then you start to think about what you have to do next. The people you have to call, your wife, your parents.
Then you make a game plan because you want to survive. You want to live. You want to see your children grow up. You’re going to do anything you can so that you don’t leave anyone empty-handed. For me, my doctors decided that a radical prostatectomy was the right treatment. Luckily, I didn’t have to go through chemo or radiation, but it’s a different process for everyone. And it is a process, right through to the recovery stages.
One thing I’ve learned through this experience is: You don’t have to battle cancer alone. When you go through it, there’s a lot of other people around you who are involved. Your family, your friends, they go through it with you. You go in with a team. Rely on your resources. Ask for help. Talk about the tough things. There’s a world of people here for you.