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Being one of THOSE PEOPLE!

 Today, February 4th, is World Cancer Day.  This day aims to dispel stereotypes.  Those of us on MFP have taken a serious step towards being healthier through better fitness and nutrition.  Still, some sobering facts:  

- Cancer now kills more people worldwide than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined, and more than half of deaths are in developing countries. 

-  One-third of the most common cancers can be prevented largely through lifestyle changes, such as avoiding tobacco, limiting or eliminating alcohol, eating a healthy diet and maintaining a healthy weight.

 After having my annual physical with my family doctor, my PSA score was elevated.  I have shared through my MFP profile that my father died of cancer (Prostate cancer to be completely honest).  So, I have been having regular prostate screening exams and blood work since I was in my late 30’s. Some further analysis was done and lastly a biopsy of my prostate was done (that was a pain in the REAR! [Ahhh come on….I gotta keep my sense of humor!!])

 

In July 2012, I became one of “THOSE PEOPLE”.  What’s that you say?  Who are “THOSE PEOPLE”? 

 

THOSE PEOPLE are the 12, 549,000 men & women in the USA that have some manner of invasive cancer (data as of 2009 from American Cancer Society).  Also, THOSE PEOPLE are the 2,500,000 men that have prostate cancer. 

 

These test results and my inclusion in being one of THOSE PEOPLE was e NOT what I had hoped…but then again…things could have been much worse.  This was one of those bad/news-good/news events.   

 

L My biopsy confirmed I have Prostate Cancer. L 

 

J  The find/diagnosis was VERY early and treatment is possible without major surgery (Prostatectomy – removal of prostate).  J 

 

More bad/news – good/news

L  I did have a procedure called radiation seeding.  Small radioactive seeds were implanted (another pain in the rear!) Aside from the somewhat embarrassing position in which you have to be in during this procedure, it was NOT really that bad.   The perineum is opened and the seeds inserted.  For those not up on their anatomy terms, the “perineum” is the skin area between the testicles and anus (Ahhh, now you get the “picture” about the embarrassing position huh?).  I have periodic analysis and blood work over the past 6 months.

 

J OK on to the good news.  YEAH!  The treatment is painless! My follow-up testing shows the treatment is working AMAZINGLY well!  My Gleason scores are MUCH lower (Gleason scores are used to help evaluate the prognosis of men with prostate cancer) Double J  J!!!

 

OK, about this time you might be asking yourself a few questions.  Why am I sharing this personal information?  Am I seeking sympathy?  What does this mean to you?  What am I asking from you?  Let me answer these one at a time. 

 

Why am I sharing this personal information?

From time to time, we all come to know someone that has cancer.  We often struggle with how it affects us, or what we can or should do to support those diagnosed with cancer.   We are often challenged as to what to say, what NOT to say, etc. etc. My hope is that by sharing my personal story and offering information as I experience my ordeal, perhaps we can all benefit. 

 

Am I seeking sympathy? 

HELL no!  Any if any of you that read this treat me any differently, I’ll be disappointed. 

 

What does this mean to you? 

Nothing…if you don’t want to understand or deal more effectively with cancer…that’s fine.  Just remember this.  One in three people will be affected by cancer at some point in their life.  So….it is my hope is that you will USE me!  Let me be a resource you might turn to for a perspective on how things affect someone with cancer.  Simply put….if you have questions…ask?  Allow me to use my situation to help both of  us.   

 

What am I asking from you? 

I’m not sure I fully know the answer to that just yet.  I would ask that you remain a friend.  Offer me encouragement, but without pandering to this change in my situation.  CHALLENGE me to make and keep making fitness and nutritional decisions that support my overall health. 

 

Regards,

 

Dave

The Doughnut Slayer

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7 comments:

kit_katty wrote 20 months ago:
Both my parents have had cancer and they're the same way, neither wanted to be treated differently. I'd say that people should use this post to do exactly what you say, get your body as strong as possible to reduce risks such as cancer and to be as strong as possible, especially if you're ever diagnosed.

Biggest lesson I've learned: you are someone with cancer, you are not the cancer. You are so much more!
sss1966 wrote 20 months ago:
This big C, and you can add any word you like there, affects and touches so many people's lives. I am glad you were screened and it was caught early enough, even though you had to go through such embarrassing procedures, but hey, you try having a baby!!

Hopefully there will come a day when we can eradicate the little perisher entirely, we can but hope.

Thanks for sharing Dave, but you don't get out of slaying the donut that easily,

:-)

Take care xx
shinyshell55 wrote 20 months ago:
Powerful Post! I have known many of "those people" both in my family and in friendship. You were wise to test early and have a positive outcome. I have no doubt that your hard work during the past year put you in a better position to deal with this health issue mentally and physically. All we can do is give ourselves the best shot possible for healthy aging by working out, eating right and keeping a positive mindset - all of what you have been doing. Thanks for sharing!
MissFuchsia wrote 20 months ago:
So glad it was caught early and can be treated painlessly. Thanks for sharing this with us. It really brings home why this site is so important. Yes we all want to look good naked but it's about more than that. We only get one body so need to look after it the best we can.
There are a few of 'those people' in my life. The closest to me being my grandad. He never wanted to be treated differently either. He still has a great sense of humour despite everything he's going through. He's amazing and I'm so grateful to have him in my life.
carolstartingover wrote 20 months ago:
Thanks for telling us the percentages, I did not realize it was that high. I need to be more mindful of those facts and not be frightened of the C word. I have been though and I will try not to be in the future. You go Dave!!
ssb16 wrote 20 months ago:
I have to admit that reading this my opinion of you has changed. It has changed to the point where my respect level for you do is even more than before. With my recently injury I never realized how hard it was for people with disabilities to function and I am doing something now to help them.

In your case you are here to help us when your body needs you the most. I would commend you for offering your help and support to us.

I will always be there to encourage you as you have when I was down this past month. God bless and keep well always.
ak_honda wrote 20 months ago:
I have a long time friend just diagnosed with breast cancer, and she's keeping a blog of everything online: http://stilllookup.blogspot.com

It's very encouraging to see folks openly share how they go through it, deal with it, and keep their courage, strength and happiness so high.

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