Some studies indicate that stress has more of a detrimental effect on men with prostate cancer than a typical healthy male. The studies claim that stress can reduce the effectiveness of some medications and may even accelerate cancer cell growth. Stress reduction should be a goal if you suffer from this disease. Check out these stories from real prostate cancer survivors to find ways to cope with cancer-induced stress.
Jeff Brown was terrified when he found out he had prostate cancer. One of the best tools he found to cope with the illness was to depend on another loved one — his wife Annette — to be his second pair of eyes and ears. She went with him to every doctors’ visit and this enabled her to listen with a clearer perspective than Jeff could with his tumultuous emotions involved. Her emotional involvement in Jeff’s prostate cancer treatment helped him to maintain a positive outlook that encouraged him to look toward a brighter future.
Once Tom Carlson and his doctor recognized that he had all the signs of prostate cancer, he had a fatalistic attitude. He felt there was no reason to battle the disease because nothing would make a real difference. Tom was severely depressed. Fortunately, he was surrounded by family and other supportive people who convinced him to seek help via a cancer support group. The people in the group not only related to the ravages of the disease, but also knew how to overcome the debilitation that depression causes. Initially, Tom felt that it would just be easier to give up the battle, rather than to fight for his life. The group discussions encouraged him and fed him spiritually by reminding him of all that he had to live for in the future. These days, he spends his free time encouraging others and telling them that the fight is worth the outcome.
Emerson Knowles decided that he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life as a couch potato after battling prostate cancer. The fatigue that resulted after his surgery threatened his quality of life during recovery and in his future. He decided that he was going to be active and fit, not only to enhance his own quality of life, but to be an inspiration to others. As the founder for Athletes for a Cure, he spends his days training for marathons. His actions encourage others to strive to be in the best physical shape they can be despite obstacles caused by poor health.