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"It was a shock when I was told I had prostate cancer at the age
of 51. I knew I was more likely to be diagnosed because my Dad was
living with the disease, but the result still really knocked me.
Like many men, I was symptomless. I had surgery to remove the
prostate in May 2011. Afterwards, my kids were great, offering to
pick things up for me when it was too painful and now that the
side-effects have eased, I'm back to playing with them. They've got
their Dad back."
What I'm doing now
"When I tell people about my prostate cancer, they're quite
understanding, but don't really want to talk about it. Perhaps they
just don't have the vocabulary. It has been a real support to talk
to Dad and it is interesting how many people open up about their
own cancer experiences once I've told them about mine. Prostate
Cancer UK offers an online forum where men can share their
experiences and talk together and that's so important for men in my