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Reflections from Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Although September’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Month has passed, I thought I’d share a story on how I would like to encourage all prostate cancer patients, survivors, and those waiting for a diagnosis. I celebrate you this month and every month. It’s a journey no one wants to face, but we can go through this together.

I know people who have gone through this, some do good and some not so good. The one thing I have heard from plenty of survivors is that they had to be responsible for their own health management. They decided to change things, they transformed old thoughts and replaced them with new. They took the support from those that offered it. They participated in some type of group participation. They kept all their follow up appointments and most importantly, they loved on themselves.

Practice love for yourself

I want each patient, no matter what stage your cancer is, to just love yourself. Don’t harbor any resentment; have gratitude and give thanks each and every day. Will this take away the diagnosis? Of course not, but what it will do is put you in a position to have great energy flowing through you. We are talking about celebrating life and love. Find a place where you can create a galore of love and just meditate. After all, you deserve it; so live it. I believe things come into our lives for discovery and purpose. Mediation and the quiet moment is priceless. I know taking a moment of stillness works wonders. I am celebrating with you each and every month.

Memories and reflections

Many times those living with prostate cancer love sharing reflections of their years before the diagnosis. We can draw so much strength in knowing who we are. Maybe we don’t realize our real strength. Memories will also give you opportunities to laugh and live. It’s all about celebrating you on this day. We will always have the naysayers but this story is for the one who is optimistic about life and knows that each day to all of us is a gift. This is why we call right now, a gift.

Accept life; cherish it and love it. We don’t tell those we care about how much we appreciate them; how much we love them and we are so grateful to be in their presence. I think this is a special practice for everybody. We can’t just take people for granted. Show love and give acts of kindness, flowers, chocolate or just a simple; I love you. We are celebrating prostate cancer patients in September and every month thereafter.

Celebrating my father

My father is a survivor, going through 12 rounds of radiation seed and I just am so grateful that he is still here. I cherish the days now more than ever. I take time to tell him I love him. I spend more time with him. I celebrate his bravery, courage and most of all his strength. It was a journey that my family walked through together. We laughed, cried, and loved on him in his weakest moments. We are there to be his anchor when he feels he needs someone to hold onto. We are his sounding board when he needs a listening ear. We are his reasoning mind when things become foggy and unclear. Most of all we are his family that often say, we got you Dad.

Celebrating prostate cancer patients in September and every month after is personal for me. It affected my family and I take this time to love each of you who are on this journey now. I want to let each of you know that there is a community out here that cares and will always support you. We here at ProstateCancer.net support each of you and are here for you. We are all in this together.

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