My father-in-law received a prostate cancer diagnosis, and he has three sons. I think often about my husband’s risk factors and how little we actually know about the disease. I also have a son, so that’s three generations of loved ones I’d like to help support and protect indefinitely. When I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of it as more than just a day. I think of it as a season. Honestly, that’s the best way to get through a frigid February in New England! I think about my loved ones, and all of the ways I can brighten their days or help share knowledge about important topics like this one. This Valentine’s season?
The Prostate Cancer Foundation is launching TRUE – to celebrate and honor caregivers of prostate cancer patients. This includes spouses, partners, nurses, doctors, children, friends, and more. There’s a stigma associated with a prostate cancer diagnosis, as well as a general lack of knowledge about the disease, for a variety of reasons. This lack of general knowledge about prostate cancer also extends to the many challenges that patients and their caregivers face. Prostate cancer caregivers are often unsupported and under acknowledged, and the Prostate Cancer Foundation would like to change this by sharing TRUE inspirational stories of the people who live TRUE love everyday by providing love and care to men.
With a family history of this form of cancer, I’m more aware than ever. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed in their lifetime, and that could be your loved one. That’s why PCF’s TRUE campaign is important. Share your personal caregiving story on their website to help raise awareness of this disease. That way, PCF can honor the patient and the caregiver during the month of February. Also, one winner will receive a curated care package from Kristen Bell! AND, all will receive a gift.
When I was growing up, I lost my father pretty young, and then my mom remarried. I had SEVEN grandparents. That’s why as a parent now, I’m extra-sensitive about the health of my parents, in-laws, husband and kids. And myself, of course!
So now it’s time to hear from you! Tell your story of how you were personally impacted by prostate cancer. Share your story on the TRUE campaign’s website to be honored during the month of February. And remember – one winner will receive a curated care package from Kristen Bell, and all will receive a gift! Also, make sure you read all the amazing stories at pcf.org/TRUE. This is an amazing way to shed light on the disease, and work to make a better world for all of us.