Dan was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2010 at the age of 52 and was very open about his diagnosis from the beginning. He sought out other prostate cancer patients to learn as much as he could about this disease, and he was grateful when two coworkers shared their stories in a very open and honest way. Nothing was sugar-coated.
Being diagnosed with cancer is a traumatic experience and, for Dan, writing about his diagnosis was therapeutic. It really helped rationalize his thoughts in the treatment decision-making process. He initially created his blog, Dan’s Journey through Prostate Cancer, to keep family and friends informed but, over the years, its mission morphed into increasing prostate cancer awareness and education. It was Dan’s turn to repay the favor his two coworkers had shown him by sharing his own story in an equally open and honest way. Now, as Dan faces the possibility of recurrence seven years after his prostatectomy, the blog has returned to its original intent, allowing him to process his thoughts and rationalize how he wants to proceed going forward.