Each September, the nation recognizes prostate cancer awareness month to help defeat the third leading cause of cancer deaths among men. An estimated 27,000 husbands, sons, brothers, fathers, and grandfathers will lose their lives to prostate cancer in 2017.

An Ohio resident has been hard at work to ensure that these proclamations are renewed annually. Linda Hoetger has spoken with local leaders to remind communities of the pain and suffering of prostate cancer. As a result, more than 400 Mayors, Legislators, City Council Members, and Town/Village managers and County Commissioners will issue a proclamation or resolution declaring September prostate cancer awareness month.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Facebook Too!!!

I have my own facebook group too!
I thought that if you have one of my brothers. When you go on vacation take him with you and let us see where you go.
Let the world know about Prostate Cancer!
Did you know 1 in 6 men have prostate cancer?

Rocky

Hi!
My name is Rocky, I am the creator of the PSA song! I added new works to the song Yesterday by the Beatles.

Bill

Hi!
My name is Bill I am the group leader for the Lancaster, Ohio Chapter of the Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network.
Now let's talk about your PSA!

Walnuts

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?

Us TOO Support Group in Lancaster, Ohio

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 7-9pm

Petey the Prostate Crusader

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!!!!