Prostate Cancer: Portraits of Empowerment

Prostate Cancer: Portraits of Empowerment

Prostate Cancer: Portraits of Empowerment

Prostate Cancer: Portraits of Empowerment

Synopsis

Prostate cancer is expected to strike approximately 210,000 men in 1998 alone, and one out of every five men will contract prostate cancer at some point in his life. This book takes a unique and uncensored look at living with prostate cancer, telling the stories of ten-men from a wide array of backgrounds, geographic locations, and occupations. Each of the men was diagnosed at a different stage of the disease, and each has taken a different approach to his individual treatment. Here, these courageous survivors (and some of their wives) tell, in their own unique styles, what they experienced, from diagnosis, to treatment, to dealing with doctors. They discuss their personal experiences and treatments in detail, including the physical and psychological side effects of the disease-and the impact those side effects have had on them and their wives.

Excerpt

Jon M. Huntsman Sr.

The Huntsman Cancer Institute

"Jon, you have cancer."

These words from my doctor, on an otherwise ordinary day in late 1991, hit me with almost unbearable force. Suddenly, I knew how it felt to have your blood run cold.

Like millions of other Americans who receive this diagnosis every year, I was stunned, anguished, and terrified—as if I had just received a guilty verdict for a crime I didn't commit.

I had been enjoying a healthy, active, productive life. At age 54, I was in my prime. My just-completed annual physical examination showed me to be in excellent health. But a happenstance drop-by at a local fitness center resulted in a doctor's taking a blood sample and running a psa test. This test indicated the possibility of prostate cancer and it clearly saved my life, as subsequent biopsies confirmed that I had the disease.

There were so many things I still wanted to do, so much that I hoped to give. Although I had faced many obstacles during my life, I had always felt particularly blessed. I had a loving family and friends, a prosperous global business that provided jobs for thousands of people, and a true zest for life.

But now I had prostate cancer—the cancer that is most common among males and is second only to lung cancer as a killer of American men. I had always believed that things happen to us for a reason, that God has a plan for each of His children. I had great faith that this, too, would pass.

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