A Midwesterner by birth (Chicago area), I was able to travel around the world while serving as an officer in the United States Navy for twelve years. Visits to places like Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, and even a free trip to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm were all part of the package. After the Navy, work and vacations took me to parts of Europe. Here at home, I’ve driven through all 50 states and 8 Canadian provinces.
In 1993, my chosen career path in the Navy was being impacted by the end of the Cold War, and I opted to take a buy-out package and returned to the Midwest. After returning to school and earning my graduate degree, I landed in southeastern Indiana at a company that manufactures hospital beds. Little did I know that I’d be lying in one of our beds a few years later.
As a gay man living deep in the closet while in the Navy, and with the closet door barely cracked open in rural Indiana, I found myself going through life solo most of the time. When I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was on my own. There would be no significant other to be there for support, or to be equally impacted by the diagnosis. That’s why some of my posts talk at length about making preparations prior to the surgery—I knew that I had to be relatively self-sufficient as quickly as I could shortly after the surgery.
I come from a small family, and there was little history of prostate cancer. My paternal grandfather was diagnosed with it when he was in his 80’s, and my father died at age 69 and he had never had any issues with PSA. So my being diagnosed during an overdue physical exam was a complete surprise.
Having first-hand knowledge from other prostate cancer patients was invaluable to me, and my intent behind this blog is now to help increase awareness, educate others, and to allow newly diagnosed prostate cancer patients to have an insight into one man’s journey through the diagnosis and life after treatment.
When I’m not blogging about cancer, I am blogging about my real travels or about the wonders of my adopted home of San Diego, California. Click on the images below to learn more: