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Review for ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer, Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a prostate cancer survivor and I will never forget that day in Sept. 2012 when my doctor looked me in the eye and said that my PSA level was so high that she was referring to a urologist so he could do a biopsy on prostate to see if I had prostate cancer. My first thought was "What is a PSA level?" My next thought was "I am only 51 years old and I feel just fine we just went hiking that weekend and played tennis the day before how can I have cancer?" The biopsy revealed I had cancer in 7 of the 12 quadrants of my prostate and I had a gleason score of 7. So long story short after 20 other procedures and probings the doctors decided that I had an aggressive form of prostate cancer and because of my relatively young age I needed to have my prostate removed ASAP. I had a Robotic Prostatectomy in Dec. of 2012 and my life has never been the same. The doctor discovered that the cancer had escaped the prostate capsule and spread to the nerve endings and lymph nodes surrounding the prostate. I was lucky the doctors found that cancer when they did or the cancer would have metastasized to my bones and other organs. I found ZERO in 2015 when my wife and I volunteered for their 5K run/walk, as soon as we checked in I ran into another prostate survivor and we hit off right away. During the race I had a passerby stop and ask me what was going on. It turns out he was in a similar situation to me when I was first diagnosed and he had multitude of questions about what would happen next. Through my testimony I was able to ease some of his fears and clue him in on some very important questions he should be asking his doctors as he went through the process. This year I took the next step and became involved with organizing the event and trying to attract new sponsors and participates in my local area. I found this very rewarding as it has been one of my goals since I was diagnosed is to spread the word to other men no matter what their age take care of their health, because as I found out the hard way no can feel perfectly fine and still have cancer!!! ZERO has given me a chance spread the word, commune with other men who can understand what I am going through, and take action to help prevent anyone else from going through the trials and tribulations I have been through over the last 5 years. So in closing I would just like to say "MEN, no matter how good you feel or how young you are have a yearly physical and ask your doctor about when you should start checking your PSA level. Working together we can bring the number on men to with prostate cancer to ZERO and End Prostate Cancer!!!!

Role:  Volunteer