An Anniversary, a Confession, and a Promise on Canada Day

July 1st, 2015 | No Comments

Today is a special anniversary for me. I am one year cancer-free.

What a difference a year makes. Last April I was diagnosed with prostate cancer – something I shared with only a small group of people. I am forever grateful for the friends and family who circled the wagons around me, and helped me through that journey. A year later, I feel amazing and have a beautiful fiancé to plan the future with.

I don’t like the term “cancer survivor” – at least not for me. I see myself as a cancer graduate. I’ve thought very long about putting this out there publicly, and feel that my role as a graduate is to pay it forward. One of the many things I learned in that education last year was that the wise council of other graduates makes a world of difference.

Recent studies suggest that 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. You will know someone who gets it. When it happens, I’m available to help them with their homework.

Happy Canada Day, indeed.

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