You have Cancer. Treatable but not curable. These are words that no one wants to hear in the course of their lives. Five years ago I heard those very words.
Like most folks, my immediate reaction was “Nah, not me. I’m in great shape. We should get another opinion.” Then came anger, self-pity, the why-me question, and all the emotions that come along with hearing this news. Well that lasted for about two days.
I’ve done some crazy things since my diagnosis, and the numbers tell MY story. One Ironman. Two marathons. One 70.3. Three treadmill challenges, not including my attempt at breaking the Guinness World Record for most miles on a treadmill in a month. And finally, one long run across the U.S. while doing talks on Prostate Cancer Awareness. This year, I am doing a 70.3, the 120-mile TransRockies Run and one more full Ironman.
Others tell me I’m an inspiration, but I’m not. I am an example. An example of a man that ignored the symptoms that could have prevented this situation. An example that prostate cancer doesn’t care if you are a doctor, lawyer, policeman, or athlete.
One in nine men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s estimated there will be 175,000 new prostate cancer diagnoses in 2019. A simple blood test can save your life. Don’t hesitate to get tested today.