When I wrote that introduction, I was just days into this adventure. I’m a pretty analytical guy, and the simple act of writing every day helped me wrap my head around the fact that I had just introduced the word “cancer” into my vocabulary. Writing also helped me rationalize my treatment options. The vehicle that I chose for my writing was this blog, and blogging had the added benefit of allowing family and friends to follow my thoughts and progress through daily updates.
Those daily updates tapered off to weekly updates and eventually to monthly updates (which I continue to do on the 11th of every month, the anniversary date of being told I have cancer).
Now, more than seven years after my surgery, I’ve been writing random updates as I come to terms with the notion that the cancer is returning.
I’ve kept this blog going over the years because I remember how helpful it was for me to hear first-hand experiences of other prostate cancer patients. I wanted to return the favor by sharing my own journey in order to educate others and increase prostate cancer awareness.
Finally, if you’re reading this as a fellow prostate cancer patient, please understand that I am not a medical professional, and you should not construe any of the content of this blog as medical advice. Each case is unique, so please solicit the advice of your own medical team.