I work in IT and I also have a photography and video business. I have four sprogs Joel, Ayanna, Amaris and Lauren and married to Annette.
For my 50th birthday I decided that I wanted to have a health MOT. As part of that I decided at the last minute to also have a PSA test.
One day I was just minding my own business the next I was to start the battle of my life after being told I had Prostate Cancer and it “was not an option to do nothing”.
I needed someone to give me details straight up not what someone had told them, high level summaries of their experiences or direct me to pretty diagrams. I thought I had enough information but I was to find out that I was completely unprepared.
Along the way I was to discover the shocking statistics of this condition. One of the main factors is the reluctance of men to admit that something is wrong and seek medical advice. Shockingly, if they were proactive and tried to get tested there were a few GP’s that actively discouraged men from doing so. Then once discovering something is wrong, most men will keep silent about it, even between family members.
I was a product of that silence. I did not hear from my father until he decided to reconnect 35 years later. It would still take years before I got definitive answers to his prostate condition.
I was also set to follow the same route but decided instead I would do the complete opposite.
I have had many adventures along the way. Some I would not believe if someone had told them to me.
A good sense of humour and a no nonsense nature. I have stumbled a few times along the way but I became determined to help others rather than just keep quiet so here I am.
My faith has also played a key role in both my recovery and my attitude.
I am just trying to educate men, one small step at a time.
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