The Wisdom of Numbering Our Days

The Wisdom of Numbering Our Days
Living & Loving with Prostate Cancer Before I was diagnosed with prostate cancer I made a lot of assumptions about my future. Here are a few:
  • I'd live long enough to walk my daughter down the aisle.
  • I'd live long enough to enjoy my retirement.
  • I'd be healthy for a decade or two following my retirement.
  • That my wife would live long enough to enjoy retirement with me.
  • That my wife would enjoy good health for a decade or two following my retirement.
All of these assumptions were shattered at age 58 when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I live differently now that I'm a prostate cancer survivor. The first difference involves the way I experience milestones in my life. With every milestone, such as celebrating another Christmas or living to see a new year begin, I experience a wondrous sense of  gratitude that I'm alive to celebrate another milestone. I place emphasis on the word celebrate. I've been blessed with many celebratory milestones since I was diagnosed with cancer. My wife and I wrote two books. Our son in West Virginia found a job that enabled him to return California. I've celebrated wedding anniversaries, birthdays, new years, college graduations and holidays with a gratitude I'd never known before my cancer diagnosis. My priorities have changed as well. This year we decided to install solar panels on our pool in order to extend the swimming season. Swimming is an activity my wife and I enjoy togethe
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Rick Redner received his master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. He has spent many years working as a medical and psychiatric social worker He is the author of the award winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where's Yours? His second book Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction and Penile Implants won the Beverly Hills International Book Awards in Men's Health in 2016. Additionally, the book was a winner in the 2017 IAN Book of the Year Awards.

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