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

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

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