Prostate Cancer: My Journey Begins

Prostate Cancer: My Journey Begins
Rick Redner is a prostate cancer survivor and advocate for fighting the disease. In his new column "The Emotional, Relational & Sexual Side of Prostate Cancer," Redner reveals the difficulty of receiving his diagnosis and his firsthand experiences with prostate cancer. At age 58, I needed a prescription refill from my urologist. I was told it would be necessary for me to make an appointment for an examination before he could order a renewal. I’m not a fan of going see a doctor for any reason, especially when I’m feeling great, but I understood it was necessary if I wanted a refill. When I arrived for my appointment, I discovered I wasn't scheduled with the urologist I had seen for 30 years. I was with a urologist I’d never seen before. He asked, "What brings you here today?" I replied, “Doc this will be the easiest and quickest appointment of your day. Give me my prescription renewal and I'm out of here.” He said, “I’d be glad to do that, after I examine your prostate.” I realized these types of misunderstandings occur when you see a doctor who is unfamiliar with your medical history. I directed him to my medical records where he'd discover I had this rather unpleasant exam less than six months ago. Because this is a yearly exam, it was obvious to me — and I expected also obvious to him — that I certainly didn't need another prostate exam. I was ticked off that he didn't bother to check my medical records. Instead, he looked me in the eyes and said, “No prostate exam, no refill.” I was tempted to walk out and show him that I was a consumer. He worked for me. And I didn’t want another exam. But, because I needed my refill, I pulled down my pants and assumed the position. I was confident this exam was totally unnec
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  1. William D. SAWYER SR, MSG US Army Retired says:

    Rick, as a repeat, Prostate Cancer (PC) survivor, I also understand what your saying and feeling..But, less about me and why my comment. I am the Agent Orange Chair., Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Chapter 751 Lawton OK. Our members have been exposed to the “Rainbow” of colors/sprays while in Vietnam; some have repeat tours, and some in other locations. Not all of them have had the “cancer” talk with their Doctor. But, all are interested in any “new” information on PC. Any “new” information would be appreciated by all our members and others throughout the VVA Chapters in Oklahoma

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