Prior to being diagnosed with prostate cancer, I was a Sergeant II, Jail Division Watch Commander with over 31 years of service. My career intentions were to complete a few more years in the DROP program and then call it quits. After a routine annual physical which included PSA blood testing, I was told that I had prostate cancer. This news literally changed my life, career plans and my future with my wife and family. After much contemplation, I elected to have my prostate removed by my urologist/surgeon. Six months later, my cancer returned and I elected to start treatment at the City of Hope. There, I underwent six weeks of radiation therapy, followed by two years of hormonal treatment (lupron). Currently my cancer is in remission and I have a blood test every 4 months.
Upon retiring in November 2005, I was contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department Wellness coordinator and asked to be a founding member of a cancer support group. This evolved into the formation of the Los Angeles Police Cancer Support Group (LAPCSG). Our goal is to educate the Police community about cancer awareness, the importance of getting annual physicals and also to be there for other cancer survivors. There is a tremendous amount of love, courage and hope within the LAPCSG. I’ve learned a lot about cancer and how to live with it. If I had to do it all over again, I would have gotten a second opinion and started my treatment at the City of Hope.
My request to all those who read this testimonial is to be aware of any physical changes you may be experiencing as you grow older. Get your annual physical and ask your doctor to test your blood for cancer related indicators.
What has helped me on my journey is the love, care and concern of my family and friends. Also my deep spiritual belief and practices and being a member of the Los Angeles Police Cancer Support Group. Anyone can contact me through our web site, www.lapcsg.org which will includes my email address and phone number.
Recommended reading: Beating Cancer with Nutrition by Patrick Quillin and the Bible.
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