I have been involved in college athletics for over twenty years. Exercise has always been important to me and I would classify myself as a pretty active individual. At the age of 43 I was blown away when I received my diagnosis. I thought it might have had Prostatitis. There was no significant cancer history in my family and I was in what I thought was the best shape of my life. When I got my first PSA results back the score was 76. I really didn’t know what that meant, other than it was not normal. After two weeks of anti-biotics, referral to a urologist and another PSA test, my score was up to 93. The digital rectal exam was peculiar enough to warrant a prostate biopsy. My Gleason score came back 9/10 and scans showed me to be Stage IV Prostate Cancer with a combination of adenocarcinoma and neuro-endocrine cancer.
It took some time, but after a great deal of thought and input from some very special people in my life I decided to not let the disease define me. I took control of my diet, worked with an exercise scientist and found myself truly in the best shape of my life. It was not easy, the loss of testosterone made things difficult but I know that I went into radiation and chemo the healthiest I could have.
My prognosis in general is not good, but I still refuse to let the disease define me. I could be angry, mad even pissed off but I think that gives the disease more of me that it doesn’t deserve. Instead, I choose to live. Every day, every moment means more to me than they did pre-diagnosis and I understand that I am fortunate to have that knowledge as many people are not as lucky as I am.