I had a busy and interesting weekend as part of the KAST art studio tour and silent auction fundraiser for Prostate Cancer Canada.
I raised $337.00 for PCC and gave out a number of PCa awareness pins and brochures supplied by them.smithmeek.com/one-in-six.jpg
It was very interesting talking to the visitors to my studio about
prostate cancer and my journey - it was great to see the thumbs up sign from the women/wives when I told them of my second "zero" PSA results. The men were a little more reserved about
it and often, the wives would take the brochure ( but I caught a couple of men sneak off a pin and pamphlet when they thought I wasn't looking).
I did meet a couple of long term PCa survivors - 8 years / 10 years ... it gives us hope.
When I spoke about
being diligent about
being in control of your own body and health, the women jumped on the bandwagon and heartily agreed - and at the same time they ( the women) found that the "paint it pink" campaigns have gone out of control and actually hurt fund raising for other diseases and illnesses.
The men were OK about
have a regular PSA test, but not happy about
having a DRE. Some of them had doctors who didn't like to do the DRE but would do just the PSA.
All in all, a successful weekend for raising PCa awareness - and sharing the feeling of hope.
Thanks for your support.
Age: 55 -gay with spouse, Steve - live in Peteborough, Ontario, Canada
PSA: 10/06/2009 - 3.86
Biopsy: 10/16/2009- 6 of 12 cancerous samples, Gleason 7 (4+3)
Radical Prostatectomy: 11/18/2009
Pathology: pT3a- gleason 7 -extraprostatic extension -perineural invasion -prostate weight -34.1 gm
Post Surgery-PSA: April 8, 2010 - 0.05 -I am in the ZERO CLUB
Sept 23, 2010 -0.05 - again -hoorah !
Post Edited (tatt2man) : 9/27/2010 6:59:05 AM (GMT-6)