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by Brad Nowlin   |   October 3, 2018

What’s the Downside?

As a regular 5k runner, I’ve participated in a number of races for charities and good causes in the past. I did the prostate cancer run/walk with ZERO twice when I lived in Kansas City, and have been to two of the events since we moved to Fort Worth.

October 7, 2017 is a day I shall remember, but not for my 5k finish time (even though I came in second in my age group at just under eight minutes a mile.) I was vaguely aware that day of people on stage talking as I milled about after the race, drinking water and catching my breath. Blah Blah Blah is what I heard, even though it’s not what they said. As I walked around the booths in the beautiful Clearfork setting, I saw a free PSA blood draw. I thought, What’s the downside? and had them take blood from my arm.

Fast forward to the results: I had an elevated PSA. Following a subsequent biopsy, the doctor told my wife and me that I had CANCER. And I discovered this cancer all because I decided to have my PSA done at that race. One decision changed my life forever.

Even though I am a mental health professional, I struggled with anxiety over treatment options, particularly since I lost my dad to cancer when he was 57. With the help of friends, family, and the most incredible wife, I was able to have surgery to remove the cancerous prostate. And I am blessed to report that the latest PSA shows it is undetectable. A score of ZERO. I realize I’m not out of the woods yet as there are still risks of cancer returning. And yet, I’ve been given the best chance of living a long healthy life. All because of early detection; all because of that one decision.

October 6, 2018 is another ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. I plan on running, although my times indicate I’m still rebuilding. You may hear me from the stage speaking, and it may sound like “Blah, Blah, Blah” to you, just like it did to me last year. In this case, that means you should get your PSA checked. What’s the downside? There is none. It could save your life!!