About thirteen years ago, my dad Jim struggled with his diagnosis of prostate cancer. Of course, we were all more than a little scared and concerned for him. I can remember at the time that he also struggled with finding proper information for various treatments, and quite honestly, even with finding a physician and hospital that he felt would look out for his well-being.
Over the better part of a year, my dad worked tirelessly in his search for support and answers before finally making his treatment decision. The good news is that his diligence paid off.
This is his story:
Over the years my dad continues his annual check-ups. It usually is around his birthday and we always celebrate his excellent results and another year of good health. He and I have discussed the fact that when he was first diagnosed, there was much less in the way of help that was easy to find for those searching for information about prostate cancer.
Health assessments were new and not widely adopted at that time. My dad has said that he might have had a bit more confidence if hospitals had provided information about prostate cancer more readily. I’m proud that the work that we do at Medicom Health provides hospitals with products that exactly fill the need for consumer health information. I also hope these products help many other ‘dads’ out there become aware and informed so that they can share the same outcome and story.
To this day, my dad continues to go to his cancer support group meetings. He freely shares his story and research with others who have been recently diagnosed – many of whom are obviously worried and don’t know where to begin – and feel much as he did so many years ago. Yeah, that’s my dad… He’s my hero!
A resource that Jim recommends is: https://www.ustoo.org/
The photo above is Jim at the at the Arctic Circle in 2018 after riding his Harley from Minneapolis to the top of the world (for the second time).