After my PSA levels kept rising for three years, my primary care physician recommended I go see a specialist. I was scheduled for a biopsy and diagnosed with prostate cancer. My initial reaction was shock, but I put my faith in the Lord and my life in Dr. Bennett’s hands. I felt very confident in my doctor and felt that prostate cancer, if detected in a timely manner, was something that could be treated. I was 48 years old when I got the diagnosis. My relatively young age was what surprised most people – myself included. I got a lot of, “Wow – prostate cancer in your 40’s?” types of comments.
After speaking with Dr. Bennett, I didn’t have any fears. Going through the process was hard at times, but I now look at the experience as a stage of life I had to go through. What I learned from it all, though, is that early detection really is key. I now encourage every man to go and get checked frequently, as it can be the difference between life and death.
I’ve become an advocate for men’s health and have made lifestyle changes of my own, including eliminating pork from my diet. I appreciate what CHAMPS does to educate men, empowering us to take charge of our own lives and our health. I think CHAMPS gives men that extra bit of support they sometimes need to get active and to take health and wellness seriously. Altogether, I’ve become a stronger individual, thanks to everything I went through.