The Double-Edged Sword of Faith vs Prostate Cancer

The Double-Edged Sword of Faith vs Prostate Cancer
One of my jobs as a medical social worker involved working in a dialysis unit. Patients were there for hours at a time, which meant there were opportunities to share life stories. I’ll never forget an elderly woman who began our first conversation with the statement “I know why I’m on dialysis.” Her comment didn’t

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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.


  1. Frank Marr says:

    I am not that good with words faith wise but I believe in God and Heaven and further that I am not being punished for some misdeeds in my life. I truly like the quoted words from above “The God I’ve come to know is a God who shares my struggles, a God who hears my prayers, who wants to comfort and strengthen me, who gives me victory over death and dying, and is worthy of eternal praise.” I’m blessed beyond belief. God is sharing in my journey as a prostate cancer survivor and a bladder cancer survivor. I have two cancers so one I suppose could say why me. I chose to say why not me instead of someone else as I have a good and gracious God sharing my walk of faith.

  2. Gary Penner says:

    My faith in God has been a major component of dealing with stage 3 prostate cancer over the last five months. I have felt God’s presence every step of the way, and through online discussion boards, have been able to encourage other men with prostate in their walk with God during their cancer journey. I found special comfort in the story of the woman who knew that if she could only touch the hem of Jesus’ garment, she would be healed. One night after my radical prostatectomy (Feb 1. 2017), I was faced with quite a bit of pain. The words “please, Lord, touch this pain and brush it aside” came into my mind (I believe directly from the Holy Spirit, who knows how to pray when we do not). My pain subsided immediately. I shared that story with a total stranger — a man with prostate cancer in a closed Facebook group after he expressed frustration with pain. He told me that my message, the Holy Spirit’s message, touched his very soul and changed his approach to his prostatectomy recovery.

  3. Brian says:

    Many decades ago (even as a child) I came to understand that sometimes the answer to prayer is “No” – prostate cancer, dialysis, sickness, etc. notwithstanding.
    Sometimes our prayers will go unanswered. But, I have faith that God does hear every prayer, even the ones he chooses not to answer.
    To quote Job – “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him” (Job 13:15 KJV).

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