That’s what they say … “If you’re going to have cancer, might as well be prostate cancer. That’s a beautiful cancer.” Yeah… right! Here is the testimonial from André Mouton, a prostate cancer survivor, when he learned the news that we give to 12 men every day in Quebec.
My reaction to my diagnosis
When you are told at 56 that you have cancer, there is no such thing as a “beautiful cancer”; you imagine the worst. Why me? I’m not ready, etc. Once the dust settles and you are informed of your options, it’s already less worse. I am “fortunate” to have options. I chose active surveillance.
14 years later, the active surveillance cannot continue. I have to make another decision: radiation therapy or radical surgery. I still consider myself “lucky” to have had this reprieve.
Discover PROCURE: A lighthouse in the night
After researching the internet, I discovered PROCURE, which helped me make an informed decision that I was confident in. After discussion with my wife and careful consideration, we chose radiation therapy. After a few treatments, some side effects appear. We are at the end of the week and I am in pain… It worries me.
So I call PROCURE and the nurse on the phone took care of me. What a relief. She reassured me, advised me and helped me get through it. I contacted PROCURE several times and every time I called for help, this organization was there to guide and reassure me.
The Tour du Courage: Because I am courageous
In September 2020, just 6 months after my treatments, I did my first PROCURE Tour du Courage to help… help out. I reeled for a total of 638 km. I registered for the 2021 Tour again. I tripled my financial goal and set myself a challenge of 750 km in 4 weeks!
No, there is no such thing as a “beautiful cancer”. But we are lucky to have an organization like PROCURE that we can count on, where there are dedicated and professional people who are always there to help us.
Saying openly that you have prostate cancer is not easy, but when you talk about it, you feel less alone and you receive a lot of support… Talking and getting informed are the keys!
Thank you PROCURE!
We invite all prostate cancer survivors to walk with us on June 20, so that there are more and more survivors of this disease, which affects 4,300 men a year.
Take the time to visit each of our pages on this website, as well as our YouTube channel, in order to get familiar with the disease with our expert lectures, our section on available resources, the support that is offered to you.
Do you have any questions or concerns? Above all, do not hesitate. Contact us at 1 855 899-2873 to discuss with a nurse specializing in uro-oncology. It’s simple and free, like all our services.
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