When I got a call from Dr. Anglo, my Urologist, on May 2nd informing me that I had prostate cancer, I did not envision starting a Caring Bridge site. According to Cancer.Net, Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men, except for skin cancer. This year, an estimated 180,890 men in the US will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. We all know a number of men who have had prostate cancer and are living good lives following treatment. I hope to be one of them. The 5-year survival rate tells you what percent of men live at least 5 years after the cancer is found. The 5-year survival rate for most men with prostate cancer is 99%. 98% are alive after 10 years, and 95% live for at least 15 years.
However, what I didn't fully realize during this discussion w/ Dr. Anglo is how deadly my particular type of Prostate Cancer can be. Dr. Anglo told me 11 of the 12 tissue samples from my biopsy were found to be cancerous. More importantly, a number of these cancerous tissues carried a Gleason Score of 10. I had never even heard of a Gleason Score. The Gleason scale is a metric that helps determine the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, based on a scale of 1-10. In other words, my cancer is very aggressive and can easily become life threatening: For men diagnosed with prostate cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, the 5-year survival rate drops to 28%. This is why my doctors have come up with a very aggressive treatment plan to keep these hyper aggressive cancer cells from spreading.
Back to Why a Caring Bridge Site. I have several goals in mind for this site:
1. To encourage men to stay on top of their PSA scores and early warning prostate symptoms
2. To keep family & friends up to date with accurate information about my cancer journey as expeditiously as possible
3. To invite Our Lord Jesus Christ into my Journey by bearing this Cross for HIs Purpose & the Benefit of others in need: "What Needs to Happen, Will Happen"
4. To draw strength and inspiration from the emotional and prayer support of Family & Friends
5. To encourage others who are undergoing difficulties and Crosses in their own lives