Charity That Saved My Life

on 10 April 2017.

Most people think it will never happen to them. However, at some point in the their lives, one in eight men in the UK will face the trauma of being diagnosed with prostate cancer. In context that is over 40,000 men each year. Many of these, despite the common myth that this type of cancer is easily treated, will suffer significantly with symptoms and thousands will die of this disease each year. Early detection is key to saving lives and I am an advocate of regular PSA testing.

I went for a random charity blood test (as my doctor refused me one on the basis I was ‘too young’ at 50) and was detected with a high level of PSA in my blood. The diagnosis, after a biopsy and many scans, was one of aggressive prostate cancer, which had broken out and was now in my lymph system. I was too young to have this surely... I was 51 years old at diagnosis !!! I had no symptoms and so was blissfully unaware I had this disease and that I was walking towards stage 4 cancer and terminal illness.

Also, thankfully, there are organisations like the Worcester Ambassadors who support the charity blood-testing programme, and there are nurses and consultants prepared to give their time voluntarily to provide these essential blood-testing facilities. Without them I would undoubtedly be in serious trouble, if not terminal. I have my life to thank them for. Long may they be supported in their good work to help stop many men from dying unnecessarily from this cancer.

Through this journey I have learned about another charity, Rory the Robot, which aims to treat prostate cancer victims through less invasive keyhole surgery so they have a better recovery period without the trauma I went through. If caught early enough this equipment will save lives. Rory needs financial support and therefore Taurus Wealth is pleased to spread the word to help their cause.

If my story has affected you then feel free to call me for support or to find out more about the charities we support.

Written by Rob North

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