Most men who have been in this Forum for some time will be aware of my (strictly non-commercial website) YANA – You Are Not Alone Now
Originally set up to provide basic information in clear language for newly diagnosed men and their supporters (which it still does) it has grown into a significant resource because men have been encouraged to tell their stories; their reasons for making the treatment choice they made and the outcome of that choice, good or bad.
There are now over 1,000 stories on the site and I encourage the men who tell them to update them at least once a year. Because the site kept me very busy last year, I fell behind with the reminders I usually send out, but thanks to the sterling work done by George Hardy, who has been helping me with the reminders, we are up to October 2009 and hope to catch up completely by the end of next month.
Inevitably there are stories which will not be updated – about
one in five, based on past experience. This may be because some men have simply got on with their lives and have forgotten what it was like to be a newbie, searching for some comfort; some have changed their e-mail addresses so they never get our reminders and some, sadly, may have passed on.
My purpose in posting this is twofold. If you have posted your story on the site and have not updated it for 12 months or more, could you please do so now, either by mailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org (making sure you identify yourself with the same name you posted your story) or by going to UPDATE YOUR STORY
Of course new posts are always welcome and can be submitted by going to JOIN US
Newbies tell me that it is of great value to read these stories and in particular why a specific therapy was chosen and what the long term outcome has been. That is the value of old timers joining the site.
Diagnosed ‘96: Age 54: Stage T2b: PSA 7.2: Gleason 7: No treatment. Jun '07 PSA 42.0 - Bony Metastasis: Aug '07: Intermittent ADT: PSA 2.3 Aug '10
It is a tragedy of the world that no one knows what he doesn’t know, and the less a man knows, the more sure he is that he knows everything. Joyce Carey