Please consider contributing to an organization very importand to me. Us TOO International, based in Des Plaines IL, has been enormously helpful to me and thousands of other men and their families who are dealing prostate cancer and need the resources and support US TOO provides (ustoo.org). Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin, male-specific cancer in the U.S., affecting one in nine men. Approximately 174,650 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2019. About 31,620 men will die this year from prostate cancer (87 men every day); prostate cancer is the second largest cancer killer of men following lung cancer.
Every dollar I raise will advance Us TOO International's great cause! You can ask me how you can get involved. I'd love to have you join me for the walk! Sunday, September 15, 2019 8:00am – 1:00pm 1790 North Stockton, Lincoln Park, Chicago (at LaSalle and Stockton).
Here’s my odyssey with this disease:
In 2009, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had surgery to remove the prostate. In 2013, it returned and I had 7.5 weeks of radiation, and received injections every four months for two of Lupron Depot (female hormones to suppress the production of testosterone, thereby "starving" the prostate cancer cells.) In 2017 there was evidence of another return. We monitored for a year, during which time the PSA doubled every three months. In June, 2018 I went back on Lupron and will be on it for a yet-to-be determined time.
I have access to excellent medical care. But that's NOT enough. People with disease need to experience community of others in the same situation, and access to shared information about maintaining quality of life and news about research additional treatments in trials and/or recently approved.