You’ve seen us dress up in cat costumes and cook weird pumpkin dishes, and you’ve heard all about what he and my family are going through. We thought it only right that you get to know the man himself. Meet my dad Ron. And that picture above, was taken last March, a couple days after his 60th birthday. And you wonder where I get my nonsense from?
The Four Unwanted Words
by super special guest blogger, my dad, Ron Telpner
Like my father before me, and my grandmother before him, I am a person of words. My daughter Meghan is the same.
I write for a living, whether it is copy for an ad, a speech for a client, or an opinion piece for a magazine. I love words. I love the architecture of a well-written paragraph. I get joy from seeing just how magical a turn of phrase can be.
I am 60 years old and a lot of words have crossed my lips, crossed my mind and ended up on a page, in an ad, or as a quote. Like I said, I love words.
But I never imagined the impact it would have on me of hearing the four words, strung together by my doctor, on September 7th, 2010.
Those words were, “ You have prostate cancer”.
I think he said a few more words after that, but I am not sure I heard them. The one thing I was clear on was that I heard, “you have cancer”.
Then he said something about let’s just wait and see what happens. Did I just hear him say, “You have cancer and we’ll just wait and see what happens?” I couldn’t believe it! Turns out he was right.
I was in shock. I felt light headed. What was I supposed to do, now that I had cancer? I did what came naturally. I went back to work.
I did my best to stay in control and hold back tears, as I relayed the news to my family and close friends that first week. The response was universal. They thought I should get another opinion, take action immediately, seek out additional experts, talk to a friend of friend, see a doctor they knew about, and on and on and on. Everyone had a different perspective.
I was upset, confused and frightened.
I immediately talked to three prominent urologists, and heard three different recommendations.
Then I did my homework. I read as much as I could, and I listened to the experts. Naturally, one of those experts was Meghan. And she brought all her knowledge, resources and contacts with her.
For me “Active Surveillance” is the route I am following, but I am taking control of my health in a way that is hard for some to comprehend.
With the support of family and friends, I have embraced a program of low glycemic diet, juicing, exercise, acupuncture, meditation, yoga and de-stressing.
Now, just two months later, my PSA has dropped from 5.8 to 4.76. While still high, it is moving in the right direction.
I know I will kick cancer and emerge a healthier and happier person.
I am truly appreciative of all the good wishes that came to me from you, Meghan’s readers. Your support and good karma are definitely helping me heal.
After 35 years of non-stop working in the advertising industry I have come to embrace this thought… Health is Wealth.
Question Of The Day: Who or what inspires you to live your healthiest life?