My Prostate Has Cancer: An Update On My Progress
By: Kipper Jones
Image: Kipper Jones, Haulover Beach, FL (June, 2022)
To say that digesting all of the information after a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, isn’t only an understatement, it’s a cold hard fact. I am grateful for a Urologist who is honest and frank about what options would be best for me, personally.
There are many radiation options that are available to me. But surgery, because the cancer is contained to my prostate, and because, as my Urologist and Radiologist have noted, I am “young and in great shape,” is my best option to become cancer free, and have no radiation.
The surgery is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2022.
"I am grateful for a Urologist who is honest and frank about what options would be best for me, personally."
- Kipper Jones
Full disclosure, I am having some anxiety. I mean after all, any major surgery is intimidating. But my faith is strong, and my circle of family and friends keep me lifted, and confident. I’ve watched several videos on the actual procedure to familiarize myself with what to expect. Of course I will be under anesthesia during the process, but I wanted to be aware of how my body would be different once the surgery is over. And of course, being the fitness enthusiast that I am, I also have a post-surgery exercise plan ready to go!
I want to thank all of the gentlemen who have taken the time to discuss their journeys and experiences with me. All of it helped me make the most informed decision for me that I could possibly make. This is not a ‘one size fits all’ situation. Everyone’s diagnosis is different, just as everyone’s post surgery life plans are different, as well. So while I absolutely respect the decisions and choices others have made, this is my choice, and the journey I have chosen.
Choosing to share the details of my journey is not for me to be rewarded with comments of courage or bravery, but to get others to be diligent about prostate health, and become aware of all of the life-saving advancements that are now available.
"Armed with information, you can make the best decisions for your life. Don’t give up your power!"
- Kipper Jones
In my webcast, “Know Better with Kipper Jones”, I borrowed a phrase from the late Dr. Maya Angelou, to explain the title, and it applies here: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better!” Armed with information, you can make the best decisions for your life. Don’t give up your power!
Thank you all for your love, prayers, and concern. I will be keeping you updated as we go.
TO EVERYONE READING THIS, PLEASE GET YOUR CHECK-UPS. IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN, MAKE IT YOUR 2022 GOAL TO SEE ONE AS SOON AS YOU CAN. BELOW IS A SCREENING RESOURCE IN THE ATLANTA AREA.
Love you, madly,