Here’s his Facebook post:
Fellas don’t wait. It’s happening earlier for men. Especially black men.
I’ve debated whether I should put this out or not. I feel it’s my duty to share my story to help others.
4-5 months ago I was having issues urinating. My stream continued to be erratic. Sometimes strong. Some times moderate and sometimes not at all. Needless to say, something wasn’t right.
About 2 months ago I decided to go see my doctor. I described my symptoms and he suggested taking blood to check my PSA, Prostate Specific Antigen. So we did. A week later I got a call from my doc and he said your numbers are really high, 48. Normal is between 0-4. So he said, “you may have cancer.” I need to get you to a urologist ASAP.”
Of course I cried a bit and became very scared. All I could think about was my family. Especially my baby. There’s is no way I can’t be here for her.
Fast forward a week. I took a CT Scan which showed a really swollen prostate and swollen lymph node. That was very concerning to the doc but he said, this could just be Prostitits, which is an infection in the prostate bc you can’t void all of the Urine, and some of it just sits with all the toxins in the prostate. Bc we were still unsure, the doc scheduled a biopsy a few weeks later.
About 2 and half weeks ago I went to do my biopsy. They take twelve samples to test the prostate. Everything went fine until the phone rang a day later and it was my doctor. He said those words no one wants to hear, “you have cancer.” He said all 12 of the samples had cancer in them so we need to move quickly with treatment. He referred my case out.
My wife and I go a week later to get all the details on treatment. The suggestion was to just take it out because of my age and being black. My cancer on the Gleason scale was an 8 out of 10. Grade A very aggressive in other words. He the scheduled a bone scan. This is when the news got a little better.
The bone scan came back a day later and the cancer had not spread to my bones. . Also on the CT Scan it only showed cancer in the region of the prostate so they can just cut of that out.Things were started to look better, until I had my consult with the surgeon.
We met with him yesterday. We thought we were going in to schedule the surgery and be done with all of this. Boy were we wrong. The surgeon says, “ your cancer is so aggressive, surgery may not be an option and you may just have to live with this the best you can.” Talk about heart sinking again. Well, the day didn’t end there. He did another exam and said, “ I think we can do the surgery to remove it.” Happiness again.
Sorry so long but i felt it was important to share this story. The quote is, “most men won’t die of prostate cancer, but every man will die with it.” I’ve learned men as young as 35 now are getting the disease. It’s not a death sentence if you get on early enough. Go get checked. Stay on top of it. Love all of you. Please look out for my family...