Posted 1/25/2019 7:24 PM (GMT -7)
The article notes that when people are Dx'd with PCa (or, actually, with any potentially serious illness for that matter), the shock of it all greatly motivates them to "clean up their act": abandon poor eating habits, no longer avoid exercise, etc., and then start eating better, exercising more, etc.
The natural result of doing so is, of course, that they are now doing the types of things which will indeed make it possible for them to live longer.
There's sort of a tie-in here (bear with me) with an old story which you have all heard:
Once there was a farmer who wanted to sell his mule. So he put an ad in the local paper. One day a farmer from another community came to see about buying the mule. The two farmers got to talking about the mule. The farmer who wanted to buy the mule asked if the mule was a good worker. The reply was that the mule did indeed do a good day's work. The next question was did the mule obey every command. The owner said yes. The farmer then asked if they could hitch the mule up to a wagon to see how well he worked. The owner said no problem. So they got the mule into his harness and the farmer took the reigns and told the mule "giddy-up." The mule just stood there. The farmer tried a couple of more times but still the mule didn’t move. He looked at the owner and said, "I thought you told me this mule obeys.""He does," says the owner, who then picked up a big 2x4 board and walked to the front where he was facing the mule. He then WHACKED the mule as hard as he could right between the eyes. As the mule was staggering around, the owner then walked back and got back in the wagon. He then said to the the farmer, "Try again." The farmer did and the mule obeyed. The owner said, "This mule always obeys, but you've got to get his attention first."
The point? That on that December day in 2011, when I was in an exam room in my uro's office, and my uro had just said to me "Well, it looks like you do have a little bit of cancer in there," I was the mule that had just been whacked between the eyes with the 2x4. And, like the mule, I started moving pretty quickly, the moving in my case being away from the junk food, laying on the couch in front of the tube, etc., and swearing off all such stuff in favor of eating better, exercising more, and such.
The mule got the point and so did I. As I have continued with the better habits I quickly came to follow, I probably will live longer.
Sometimes it just takes the introduction of a 2x4 into the situation.