Real Men Get Breast Cancer – A Survivor Story

http://youtu.be/pS9_cecbOqE Diagnosed with male breast cancer, Rick talks about his journey with a disease he never thought he could get. Going through his treatment, which included a mastectomy, radiation therapy and chemotherapy, Rick learned more about the disease than he ever wanted to. Visit http://www.canceris.net/male-breast-cancer-diagnosis/ to learn more about going through breast cancer as a male. Here's Rick's breast cancer transcript: "For me, as strange as this might sound, I think cancer is love. It was helpful for my wife and I, in terms of understanding the frailty of life. I think the whole process is tougher on the family than it is on the patient, as far as I'm concerned, at least in my experience. I've got medications and things I can take to help me get through it, I don't have anything for my wife or my family. They're all going through the emotional rollercoaster, I'm just in the process of doing some work. My son, just before we started the chemo, he shaved my head for me so that when the grandkids all come in this is done, as opposed to them seeing it come out in lumps and whatever. I think it was probably a little hard for him to do that, but at the same time I think it was okay for him to do that because he was in control of doing it then instead of something else happening. We had a friend who had breast cancer, probably 14, 15, 16 years ago I guess. I called her, I probably hadn't seen her in three or four years, and I said “Sherry, what can I expect,” and she said, “well, what's you diagnosis?” So I told her, and she said “exactly what I had”. So she went through the whole process that I was about to go through and it gave me a lot of comfort. The Omaha Fashion, they have one of the first nights of the Fashion Walk, they dedicate it to the cancer survivors, and the cancer survivors are the models. I participated in that, and that was a really great experience. A lot of the medical people here in town that are involved in cancer treatments, both from radiation oncology as well as medical oncology like Dr. Lemon's office, they all go and they participate in the event in terms of buying tickets and supporting it. I also did a project with Project Pink'd here in Omaha, which is a local group, and what they do is they provide necessary items that a cancer patient might need, whether it's scarves or wigs, sometimes it's transportation to get back and forth to their chemo sessions or their doctor's. Not everybody has the ability to get there easily. So if they can provide those kinds of services to those folks that's what they do, and it's a really worthwhile project. We did a calendar, we were set aside as being kind of the surprise in the calendar, because they've done this for two or three years and it's always been women. Cancer is love by the way it brings people together. From the standpoint that I had the opportunity to meet all these people that I didn't know that seemed to care about me. Then there were fellow patients that I met that I felt the same way about, and you could tell from them they were all equally concerned about how I was doing as I was of them. So to me, as strange as it might seem, I would say love would be the word I would use to describe it."