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Why We Need to Tell Our Stories

Advanced prostate cancer sucks. It’s not just the diagnosis or the prognosis. It is everything about the disease including treatment. There is never any discussion of the “C” word. You know, “Cure”. Weeks and months become our milestones. Medical science try’s to slow the sand falling from the hourglass. Treatment strips us of our masculinity. We struggle with fatigue and depression. We cling to hope that the treatment we are on carries us to the next treatment coming down the pipe. Some of us don’t make it.

Sitting down with Men’s Health

I was interviewed by Men’s Health Magazine a couple of years ago. They wanted to tell my story as part of a larger picture. I was flattered and agreed. The story was never published and over time I forgot about it. A few months ago they called and asked for photos. Apparently, the story was back on.

They published it to the online magazine last week — How Todd Seals Overcame a Prostate Cancer Death Sentence. I thought they did a wonderful job of telling my story as well as bringing to light the past, present, and future of prostate cancer treatment. I believe the story is worth the read.

Proud of my story

I have told “My Story” literally hundreds of times to all types and sizes of audiences. Although those who are closest to me tire of hearing it, and at times, I get tired of telling it, those hearing it for the first time are often captivated by it. It’s a good story. It may even be a great story. I lived it and at times I struggle to believe it. What I love most about this story however is the hope that it inspires in others. I love that it helps other men and their families believe that good things are still out there to be claimed. I believe that if my story can help one person that it is worth telling, therefore, I will tell it whenever and wherever possible.

What’s your story?

My story is just one chapter in the book. There are many other stories and they all need to be told. It’s true that everyone likes a success story and in this case, especially me, but what about the guys who need to hear about staying in the fight when the battle is not going so well. Every story needs to be told. The most difficult stories need to be told including those stories about losing the battle. Those of us who lead the way can light the path for those who follow.

We all have a story. We all have different aspects of this journey to share. Don’t be afraid to share your story. Do not feel as though you have nothing to offer. Even if your story helps only one other person, to that person you have shared everything.

Editor’s Note: Todd’s interview with Men’s Health was published on January 14, 2019. You can read the entire article HERE.

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Comments

  • Joemc
    4 months ago

    I have been on blood thinners 10 years. Lupron had no effect.

  • hsbanderson
    4 months ago

    reply to Todd…
    I’m also an 11+ prostate cancer survivor. Diagnosed in 07 with gleason’s of 8 or 9 in 3 of 4 quadrants. Robotic removal of my prostate and thought they got it all. Did the radiation and hormone therapy for 6-8 weeks post surgery. After 5 years, in ’13 my PSA started rising. I was part of the 30% that have a recurrence. I started Lupron shots at that time and it has kept the cancer in check. Shot of Lupron when the PSA gets to 10 drops the PSA to Zero in 6 months, and then it slowly rises to 10 again in another 6 months. Repeat….. The side effects are some irritating hot flashes and a serious reduction in size of my you-know-what.
    Complication now is that I had quadruple heart bypass surgery 7 months ago and a stint put in about 1 months ago. I’m now on several blood thinners.
    I’m due to see my urologist tomorrow and am concerned about interactions of Lupron and blood thinners (I’m sure my PSA will be the magic 10) I can’t find any information on interactions on the internet, so hope my Doc will help me.
    I will be 80 come May of ’19, still walk my dog a mile or so each day and play pickleball a couple times a week, so it’s going to be a race to see which gets me first…the prostate cancer or my heart.
    Any advice or input will be appreciated.

  • Will Jones moderator
    4 months ago

    Thank you, Todd. I couldn’t agree more with you. Sharing our stories is a powerful way to help other men and their families, especially regarding a form of cancer that I sometimes think is underestimated in terms of its potential consequences and seriousness. I want to be one of those men who “light the path” with the truth about prostate cancer.

  • Joemc
    4 months ago

    I sometimes think the medical community doesnt treat PC as seriously as they do other types of cancer. Most of the affected are older men. I feel we are just not seen as very important.

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