Posted 8/8/2020 12:06 PM (GMT -6)
Hello, Mr. Bill ~
A timely message, with September around the corner - National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month.
The symbolic color for prostate cancer awareness, outreach, research funding, and advocacy is LIGHT BLUE.
The past few years, I have participated in some 5K distance events to raise additional funds for continuing research.
It's great to see all those light blue t-shirts and jerseys at those events. That's just one way to "get the word out there" ...
Each of us can do our part by encouraging our brothers, sons, nephews, friends, work colleagues, old college roommates, golf buddies, & poker club cronies to stay proactive with check-ups and health screenings.
Are you thinking of someone right now that might need to hear your story?
Several of us here were diagnosed in our 40s, and I recall a member, sometime back, who was just in his 30s, when he shared his diagnosis with us ...
We've all lost some loyal comrades and "battle brothers" here on the website. I know they would encourage us to "beat the drum" and keep reaching out ...
So --- find a way to have that brotherly chat with your barber, bowling team buddy, or old high school classmate. If we all talked to even just one person --- it could make a difference.
As many of you know, my grandfather was diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer when I was growing up.
I visited him daily, yet no viable treatments were available to him in the 1970s.
We had one last Christmas with him, and he was gone before spring arrived.
Since then, my dad was diagnosed, and then I was diagnosed a few years ago. Dad and I actually share many of the same doctors. Both of us have pursued active treatments that have emerged in the past few years ...
Ironically, I just got the news that my uncle has now been diagnosed -- my mom's brother. His treatments have already begun.
You can see the impact this has had on three generations of my family, starting with my maternal grandfather, my father, my uncle, and me.
I have six nephews --- and you can be assured that I have talked to all of them, one by one.
Several of Dad's friends have now been diagnosed. He had shared his story at the local barber shop and coffee shop.
Ironically, several of MY friends have also been diagnosed --- a work colleague, a community minister, an old college roommate --- all my age -- all with complex cases.
So --- continue to look out for family and friends and colleagues who might benefit from hearing your story.
This website is a testimonial to the power of "sharing one's story" to help "another brother" ...
A routine check-up or simple P.S.A. screening can be a lifesaving turning point ...
Keep shining the light on an important health cause,
CYCLONE ~ # Iowa State University