A man looking at his reflection in a hand-held mirror.

Michael Jackson's: "Man In the Mirror"

Michael Jackson was dubbed the “King of Pop” and is considered among the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century. "Man in the Mirror" reached #1 on the billboard charts upon its release in January of 1988. This song is in the purest and simplest form that is stated within the lyrics. If you want to make the world a better place, you have to look in the mirror to change yourself.

Taking charge of health

Men have the ultimate responsibility to take charge of their own health by getting screened for prostate cancer. As caregivers, women also have a responsibility to support, encourage, empower, and enlighten the men in their lives about the importance of visiting doctors regularly.

If we have men in our lives and are not making a substantial stance of their health, I believe WE are just as much to blame for the conditions pertaining to their health. We have to look at the person in the mirror.

Songs for the journey

Below you will find a list of Michael Jackson’s songs that I think can help men and their caregivers support their quest to excellent health.

"Don’t Stop 'Til You Get Enough"
Ask questions until you get an answer. Feel free to ask doctors, survivors, caregivers, and support groups questions until you feel that you understand.

"Black or White"
One (1) in every eight (8) American men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. The rate is even higher for Black men. I believe it is important to know your PSA number.1

"Heal the World"
Early detection is key. Prostate cancer is more survivable if detected early. If family history applies to you, you can start screening at a younger age and consult with your doctor about a follow-up schedule thereafter.

Scream, yell, shout. It is okay to feel and process your emotions after a diagnosis or treatment.

"The Way You Make Me Feel"
After a positive diagnosis, I think it's good to choose a treatment plan that you feel is best for you and your family. Weigh all options as it pertains to the plan you select. Always get a second opinion when you feel it's necessary.

"Smooth Criminal"
Do not allow a diagnosis to “steal” your joy. When able, try to continue to do some things that make you happy and keep you uplifted.

"You Are Not Alone"
Know that there are others going through the same or similar process you may be going through. Reach out to support groups, caregivers, doctors, other prostate cancer patients, and survivors. They may be able to assist in ways you may not have imagined.

"Beat It"
Mentally prepare yourself for the road ahead for recovery and survivorship. Our attitude can be a strong setup for how things may turn out.

"Remember the Time"
Continue to create and remember the memories you have with your family and loved ones. They will prepare your mental state to aide you in continuing your fight for remission.

Looking in the mirror

I find that Michael Jackson is definitely a musical legend that has left his mark on the entire world. We all must look at the “Man in the Mirror” to see what we have the ability to change and make better. Each one can teach one. The circumstances, choices, and decisions we make can help someone else on their journey to great health.

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