What cancer survivors need to know for their Cancer Journeys
by Robert Warren Hess
As of this writing, I am 3 months into my 13th year as a prostate cancer survivor. I believe I may be at the very beginning of my prostate cancer recurrence, but it’s too early to tell. I’m tracking my semi-annual PSA tests using ProstateTracker.org and the trend is up over the past 24 months. But I haven’t yet hit the 0.2 ng/mL level – which is the most widely accepted definition of a recurrence (measured at that level on at least two separate occasions at least two weeks apart and measured by the same laboratory) – so I’m not yet at the recurrence stage.
During my cancer journey over the past decade, I have read countless books, tried countless remedies, and dealt with the same emotional ups and downs that all cancer survivors experience. My goal has been to push my recurrence as far into the future as possible. I changed my eating habits and have ridden over 29,451 miles on my bicycle since my treatment and I believe those lifestyle changes have played a key role in keeping my cancer at bay.
The goal of this blog is to share my experiences and new information that cancer survivors and families can use to have the best possible quality of life during their cancer journeys. We’re going to focus on things that we cancer survivors personally can control. If you have a topic area we should cover, leave us a comment and we’ll try and work it into our editorial calendar.
I spent a career in the Army so I looked at my prostate cancer as a challenge to defeat. I hope the information we will be sharing on our website and in this blog will help you win your cancer battle.
“Accept the challenge so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” George S. Patton