Posted 6/10/2018 9:32 PM (GMT -6)
Hello Clocknut ~
Interesting thread topic ~ everybody here who has posted has helped others, in ways they might not ever know or realize ~ when you look at the number of people who read each thread, then you know that you are helping others.
My situation has a bit of a twist to it ~ my father stands right alongside me, as a fellow prostate cancer patient.
My late grandfather passed away from metastatic prostate cancer when I was growing up ~ back in the era when there were no viable treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation available. So, prostate cancer has impacted three generations of my family.
Ironically, my dad and I even share some of the same doctors ~ urology and oncology. So, together, we have a tight and trusted bond with our medical team.
When I visit my hometown, it gives Dad and me a very unique health "story" to share with other fellows.
Together, we have shared our "story" with other fellows, in the interest of promoting health check-ups for family friends, neighbors, old classmates, and community members.
With the "father and son" story, it definitely makes an impression on people we have known our entire lives, back in my hometown and surrounding areas. As time has passed, other fellows from my hometown have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and Dad and I have both reached out to these fellows ~ several from his generation, and now some from my generation, as well.
The hometown bonds that were already in place, from years ago, go a long ways towards forming a trusted bond when someone faces a new diagnosis of cancer.
Every cancer patient that I know who finds a way to "reach out" invariably says the same thing: "You know, I went to help my friend when he was first diagnosed or started treatments, and when I reached out, I found that it helped ME, in fair return."
Ironically, I now have several friends, my same age, who now share in this same health diagnosis. They are from every chapter in my life ... hometown friends that I have known for decades; one of my college roommates; church friends; community friends; and even a couple of work colleagues. I have formed a "bond of brotherhood" with each and every single one of them, and we check in with each other frequently and feel a sense of kinship and brotherhood.
I am constantly moved by the outreach provided by the members here on this website --- tremendous insight and compassion and support are shared on a DAILY BASIS right here --- members reaching out to each other, from all across the globe, to others in times of need.
You don't have to follow this website for very long, and you will soon see the OUTREACH that is so evident among the members --- and to brand new members, who just posted for the first time. We all remember what's it's like to post for the first time, just HOPING there's someone out there who will reach out from across the miles.
It's also gratifying to hear of the ways our members here find ways to support others who just received a cancer diagnosis or who are going through treatments.
We have members here who do research to help others --- members who write to support other members --- members who read informative articles and clinical trial results to share with others here --- members who visit other cancer patients in their communities --- members who participate in prostate cancer awareness events --- members who lead or attend support groups --- members who find ways to volunteer their time and talent and service in the interest of helping others who face a diagnosis of cancer --- and members who contribute to prostate cancer charities, to support research discoveries for the future.
I'm thankful to see the continuing posts and OUTREACH to others that I see here, each and every day!
With all my best,
CYCLONE ~ Iowa State University