12.17.2007

Men's Health -- Yours and Mine

Prologue posted 12.17.2007:

Dan Fogelberg passed into the Spiritworld, peacefully, at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side on Sunday, Dec 16, 2007. Farewell, Dan; your voice and music will travel with me the rest of my days.

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This may seem unrelated to ManKind Project and NWTA, but it's a men's health issue, and that in and of itself relates back to my work in MKP.

I offer that men are mostly taught to tough it out. In some ways that is a trait to be proud of. But when it stands in the way of your health, then it is time to make some changes.

Through my men's work, I have found strength to stand for myself in ways I had not before. Now I take my health more seriously and take time to have a physical every other year.

A while back I found out that Dan Fogelberg had contracted advanced prostate cancer. It moved me to be tested. So maybe it will move you?

I'm out.
Old-faithful Wolf
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From: Dan Fogelberg ~ News:

In May of 2004, Dan was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer.

A personal letter from Dan Fogelberg
Dated: August 13, 2005

First, let me send everyone some very good news. In our first 14 months of treatment, we have succeeded in slowing the progression of my prostate cancer down to an almost negligible level. Jean and I are thrilled and incredibly relieved and finally feel like we can at last take a breath. While we understand that what we're dealing with is a long term condition that will have to be dealt with, monitored and treated for probably the rest of my life, we are terribly encouraged to have come so far, so fast. It has certainly been the most trying experience of our lives and yet has proven to be one of the most illuminating as well.

I cannot adequately express my gratitude to all of the thousands of wonderful people who have sent us such incredibly moving and supportive e-mails via the Living Legacy web site. I am quite certain that the love and prayers that have been directed to us from all over the world have had a tangible and potent healing effect. It is truly overwhelming and humbling to realize how many lives my music has touched so deeply all these years. Each one of you who have taken the time and effort to reach out to Jean and I have helped immeasurably to uplift our spirits and keep us looking strongly forward during some very rough moments. I thank you from the very depths of my heart.

I currently have no plans to return to the concert stage or the recording studio in the foreseeable future, but who knows? At least for now, I prefer to keep my options open.

Again my deepest thanks and love to all,

Dan

Now for the sermon.

To each and every man....
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test and DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) EVERY YEAR.

The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but black men and men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at 40 - 45 years of age.

The PSA test is a simple blood test...it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.

Once it spreads beyond the prostate it is called Advanced Prostate Cancer (PCa). At this point it becomes imminently more life threatening and harder to treat. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and GET CHECKED REGULARLY. I promise you, you DON'T want to go through what I'm going through if you can avoid it.

Education and awareness are key, I urge you to follow the link below to the Prostate Cancer Foundation web site and read up on how best to protect yourself and reduce your likelihood of contracting this terrible disease.

Prostate Cancer Foundation

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