Then you add, on top of that, the ability for prostate cancer patients and their loved ones to talk to and obtain help from other patients (who have been there - done that) is unquestionable the best thing that can happen to assist a prostate cancer patients in his treatment decisions and his everyday living with the disease. Here people come together, from all walks of life, from 90 nations all with a common cause - to fight prostate cancer. Patients Helping Patients is what it is all about.
The photo was taken in on Christmas Eve 2002 of the family - Michiko (my wife who is forever young), Mariko (Age 8), Daniel (age 11) and of course me - the old man (age 71). We were at my son Scott's home for Christmas Eve to have dinner and exchange gifts among the children. He and Heynia have three boys 9, 5 and 2 - all sons. Scott is the youngest of my two sons of my first marriage to Sue who died of breast cancer at age 43.
You can see more of my family story (still under construction) by clicking on: Cooleyville - At Home
As I write this in early January 2003, I realize that I have spent about five years of 10 to 16 hours days working on the web site, groups and forums, reporting amd analyzing studies, answering questions about prostate cancer by phone and email, going to support group meetings, attending prostate cancer conferences and by attending the annual meetings of Urologists, Radiation Oncologist and Medical Oncologist and being active serving on a committee at the University of California at San Francisco.
I lost my first wife to breast cancer, my second wife - some four years after a divorce - to lung cancer and I think this is the way I can get back at this damn disease called "Cancer" in helping others save their lives so their families don't have to go through what I did.
That is why I do it!!!
What you see below is the result of all this avocation and I do enjoy making the information available, to the extent that I do, simply because no one else offers a complete package of Patients Helping Patients with prostate cancer.