September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month

Whereas, Prostate cancer constitutes 19% of all cancer diagnoses and 8% of all cancer deaths; and

Whereas, In Ohio an estimated 5,840 new cases of prostate cancer and an estimated 1,020 deaths will occur; and

Whereas, Men with relatives – father, brother, son – with a history of prostate cancer are twice as likely to develop the disease; and

Whereas, Veterans are 1.5 times more likely to get prostate cancer; and

Whereas, Prostate cancer is most commonly diagnosed cancer in American Men and the third leading cause of cancer death behind lung and colon cancer; and

Whereas, this year approximately 161,360 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in the United States alone every year – that’s one man every 3.3 minutes and roughly 26,730 die this year from the disease – which is one man every 20 minutes; and

Whereas, 1 in 8 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer. African American men are at the highest risk for the disease with a rate of 1 in 6 men. African American men are 2.3 times more likely to die from the disease: and

Whereas, Education regarding prostate cancer and early detection strategies is critical to saving lives, preserving, and protecting our families; and

Whereas, all men are at risk for prostate cancer and we encourage the citizens of (City) to increase the importance of prostate screenings.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

My story

As my life has changed from Wife to Wife/Caregiver and Advocate of a Prostate Cancer Survivor these words are never so TRUE! On June 19, 2009 I was not prepared to hear that my 56 year old husband would be diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. Can I say this story that we are writing now is and easy one to write? No it is not easy as there are so many highs and lows that we deal with. We had to learn a new Foreign language...PSA, Gleason, IMRT, and countless other terms. We have to fight for our voices to be heard as when you say Prostate Cancer people run the other way.
But the one very important thing that I have learned in telling my story we not ALONE living with prostate cancer we have a new branch of family to add to our tree. Sadly some of the branches have lost but not forgotten. And many more families have to hear those dreaded words makes me fight that much harder for Prostate Cancer Awareness!
I have been writing to the Mayors of Ohio in hopes that they will put in place a Proclamation for Prostate Cancer Awareness month. So far 27 cities have either done one or planning on doing one in September. It is my hopes that one day all the cities will have one but there are still hundreds of cities to go. I started this here in Ohio and other prostate cancer families want to get it started in their own states.
It would be nice to see all the states challenge each other to see who would be the first state to have the full support from the Cities elected officials.
Ohio - 27 Proclamations for Prostate Cancer Awareness month.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Science Center of Iowa

Last month when we were at the #NASAGlenn #NASASocial for the #ORION tour. Petey was on his Twitter and #SCIOWA tweeted Ask an Astronaut a question. The top 20 will get a Orion Pin. Thank You Science Center of Iowa!

So Petey asked the question. What made you decide to become an Astronaut? Petey's question was in the Top 20! Amazing on what my little nut is doing now a days.

The Whitehouse BLUE!

Finally the Whitehouse has listened to the pleas of the Prostate Cancer families. 
Only if it was not Photoshopped. Maybe someday it will be true!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Winter fun!

During the early morning hours here in Columbus, Ohio. We are suppose to get 2-6 inches of snow. Do you know how hard it is going to be to keep Petey out of the snow with his toys.