Our book was spawned from three generations of prostate cancer. We’ve survived, we’re thriving, and we want to share our story. In our new book, my dad and I describe what the last two generations did to increase our chances for longevity post-surgery.
My dad, Thomas A. Butts, Jr, was diagnosed in 1994 at age 59. My Uncle Carl was diagnosed in 2005 at age 67. I was diagnosed in 2016 at age 53. My grandfather, Thomas Butts, Sr., also lived with prostate cancer, although we didn’t know until he passed from an unrelated condition.
Challenges like ours arise each and every day. How do you handle them? Do you know what to ask your doctor? What prostate cancer treatment option would be best for you and your family?
Four generations - My dad, Grand Father, me, and son Jamel.
Our book is perfect for review and discussion in any men’s health group. It's also enlightening for men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer, as well as men who have just begun prostate cancer treatment, spouses who are concerned about the man in their lives, those who are new to prostate cancer concerns and are just looking for insight to begin a conversation with their doctor. This is a very candid and open sharing of our experiences – pre and post prostate cancer treatment. We understand that everyone may go through a different experience as a prostate cancer survivor. Our hope is that you will be proactive in checking your prostate health and treating your prostate, should you be diagnosed with cancer.
Talking about our prostate cancer journey is our way to let others know you are not alone. There are other men in the world that may share your same anxiety, concerns, depression, focus, questions, pain, proactivity, recovery, symptoms and/or similar journey. All we are doing is beginning the discussion through our experiences on what we have done to increase our longevity.