Can You Share Your Wisdom?
Do you remember when the words "prostate cancer" became forever
part of your life? How, after diagnosis, you and your wife
scrambled to learn everything you could about this disease?
As you well know, surviving prostate cancer -- from deciding your
best course of treatment to living with the after-effects of
radical prostatectomy, radiation therapy, or medication --
is one of the roughest challenges men and their families can face.
We feel that nobody should have to go through this alone. And this is
where, we hope, you'll come in: Would you like to be an advisor
to new patients? Could you help get them through the rough spots,
the uncertainty, doubts and fears?
Among the first questions men often ask me is, "Is there anyone I can
talk to?" Often, their wives are equally interested in talking to
another woman who has traveled down this same road.
If you or your spouse would be willing to talk to others going through
what you've just experienced, please send me a short note with your
address, telephone number and fax number, if available. I will put
together a directory sorted by zip codes. This directory will be
kept strictly confidential. This information will be available only
to me. Then, when I see a patient who would like advice from someone who's
"been there," I will pick the patient in the closest zip code and
will write to you, asking you to contact him and/or his wife.
Thank you so much for this great help.
Patrick C. Walsh, M.D.