Sunday, November 16, 2008

20 Week Update - "Make A Difference"

I have mixed emotions about the 20 week anniversary since my surgery. First, It seems so surreal, I feel like I was dreaming and It actually didn't happen but when I look in the mirror I have a few little reminders that keep it fresh in my mind. I like to be reminded because it has really defined me as a person and given me the strong will to help others affected by prostate cancer. I am touched by the emails I have received since I created the blog and by the youth of the people affected. It confirms to me that this is not an "older persons" disease. The more of us who come forward the more lives we can save. We truly can band together and make a difference in this world. If you are reading this blog and were diagnosed or if your a survivor I challenge you to step up and make a difference. There are so many ways you can help in the fight. The are many great organizations that you can participate in such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Athletes for a Cure. I am training for a triathlon in the first quarter next year but I am also going to run a 5k race in the Ocala Marathon in February. I am going to register it with Athletes for a Cure and raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. You can read more on the great things the foundation is doing and already done to help find a cure at their web site, http://www.pcf.org/ . I will post information on how to make a donation for my 5k once I register. Also, I met one of the folks in person that I met through my blog this past weekend. He is a super nice guy and was about 6 weeks behind me from his surgery. He is doing very well and will be running a 5k race in a few weeks. It felt so good to see how well he looked and appreciated him making the effort to meet up with me. Meeting great people like this confirms to me that the fight is worth the effort. I am very blessed to be here today and thank God for the opportunity to live life to its fullness. Please join me and lets "Make A Difference" together.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog, I was just daignosed Friday 11/14, as well (at 48!) BIG shocker. It was comforting to read your journey thru this and I hope to have the same results as it seems you have. Keep us posted on your progress and good luck...oh , and keep your fingers crossed for me:-)

Keith
kanovak@austin.rr.com

Michael Lee Vinecki said...

Glad to see that some recoveries are smoother than others. We are so glad to have you raising prostate cancer awareness alongside us.

Best Wishes,
Michael Vinecki's Wife, Dawn & Team Winter

Louie Maietta Jr said...

Darren
I just stubbled onto your blog, but boy do we have alot in common. I started
Prostate Cancer Awareness of Maine (www.maineblueribbon.com ) about a year ago. In the last 6 years My father,4 brothers and myself have dealt with Prostate Cancer. our ages ranged from 39 to 66. I will send you some of our stories later tonight,

Anonymous said...

Thanks for blogging about your experience. My husband was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Feb. of this year (after just turning 43) and we have 2 small children- certainly not what you expect to have to deal with at this stage of life. I was in month 4 of training for an Ironman Triathlon, and despite not having the desire to train after getting the news, decided to carry on and raised >$2,500 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation in the process. It made racing the ironman so much more worthwhile! My husband had a radical prostectomy in June and is doing well- we feel very lucky. I hope your recovery continues to go well and the cancer stays away for good!
Colleen

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