In 2010, at age 48, I was diagnosed with Stage III prostate cancer. After being treated with surgery to remove the prostate gland, followed by radiation treatment and hormone therapy, I thought I would fade into obscurity and not tell anyone that I faced cancer at all.
I would never have imagined sharing my prostate cancer story—and some of my most private moments—in front of strangers across the country. But then I got involved with the American Cancer Society in Baltimore. I gave a few talks at their events and later for the prostate cancer nonprofit ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer, where I eventually become board chair.