Did you know that the prostate is the size of a walnut?
Wow! I did not know that either, so know you know also. How could such a small little gland cause so much trouble!
I in my creative mind was thinking how can I make this into something more. And so I started thinking how can I give them some personality? And so I added some eyes, blue feet and hands of course prostate cancer color and some arms that can be bent and so Prostate Crusader was born!
I have been making them and asking for a $2.00 donation. $1.00 will got to Us TOO International and $1.00 will be put back into the making of more Petey the Prostate Crusader's.
I gave one to the doctor that diagnosed Ray with prostate cancer and he thought that he was the cutest thing and said he will keep him on his desk! My hope is that having a Petey on the desks everywhere people might just get up enough courage to ask WHY?
And now the search was on for a support group to help with some of the questions we had. We looked everywhere in the Columbus area for a support group for us to attend. We would find a group in our area that either did not allow the ladies to attend or was no longer meeting.
But then I said there had to be a group somewhere, I can not be the only wife e out there also dealing with prostate cancer with my husband. So Internet watch out I am on a mission! On August 10, 2009 we attended our first Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network in Lancaster, Ohio and is sponsored by Us TOO international. The meetings are from 7-9pm 2nd Monday of the month. The ladies are WELCOMED with open arms this disease is not only affecting the men.
The group splits up after a break and the ladies go into another room while the men are able to talk more openly and the ladies can also talk about their feelings! On our first night at the meeting I was a basket case and the only thing I could do was cry! But the comfort that I got from the wives that night was so heart felt because they knew what I was going through! They had already been there. As the months have progressed we are not the newbies now and new members are coming to the group. I now am one of the wives that can understand what they are feeling. But I as a wive and a mother of 4 sons can not sit back and watch another family suffer in silence from prostate cancer!
Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network
Fairfield Christian Church
196 N. Columbus Street
Lancaster, Ohio 43130
Meets 2nd Monday
Ok! So here is how it all started. June 19, 2009 we got the devastating news that my husband has PROSTATE CANCER!!!! Not something that either one of us was prepared for. Lots of tests that day, how do we tell our sons that their dad has prostate cancer.
We were at the stage of what do we do now? Tests, tears, more tests, more tears, consultations, more tests, tears. The tests were in he has a form of aggressive prostate cancer. Lots of questions with very little answers to why he got prostate cancer. All the tests were done and the results were in ans surgery was the best treatment plan! So on October 12, 2009 he went in for surgery. He chose the diVinci Robotic surgery, less evasive and less recovery time. Since the surgery he has had 2 Prostate-Specific Antigen PSA Tests and they have came back less that 0.05 which means his prostate cancer is in REMISSION!!!!