Chas Rodgers was diagnosed with Stage IV prostate cancer in April 2013 on his 45th birthday. That same year, he had a radical prostatectomy. In 2015 he underwent radiation therapy and in 2017, he will undergo implant surgery to combat side effects as a result of his prostate cancer.
I’m still fighting. You have to play the cards that you are dealt, and then you have to move forward.
He’s the father of three young children, and is vocal about the need for increased prostate cancer awareness, particularly in the African American community. In San Diego, he serves as a ZERO advocate and leads the Kids Dash at the ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. Despite debilitating side effects from his treatment, Chas maintains a positive attitude, stays strong, and above all, has faith. No matter what, he never loses faith.
I have been told ‘you look good’ and for that I’m grateful. It hides the fact that most nights, I don’t sleep. My manhood will never be the same ever again. I have days when I sob on my own and don’t even want to move. Through all this, I am positive, strong, and I have faith.
Chas empowers men to be their own advocate in the treatment and management of their disease, encouraging them to absorb as much information as they can, do their own research, and get a second and third opinion before making a decision. Chas credits the strength of his family during his battle. His wife and kids have worked alongside him during every step of this life-changing diagnosis.
Prostate cancer is no joke. If your doctor tells you your PSA is elevated, do your due diligence and get tested ASAP. Seek counsel from more than one resource. Get educated and become your own best advocate. You have to be a sponge. Your survival demands and depends on it.
Through sharing his story, Chas shares something very important with other men and families: they are not alone. Even through the awful moments, he fights, keeps faith, and remains a passionate advocate for the importance of awareness, early detection, and education.
Men dealing with a prostate cancer diagnosis: You are not alone! There are resources and support options all around, so please learn what you have to know. I have had others do the same for me, and I would not have gotten this far without them, not allowing me to give in, even in my really hard moments.