I was diagnosed with prostate cancer when I was 57 years old. At the time, I had no symptoms and no health issues. Overall, I was in the best shape of my life, living a very active lifestyle, cycling to and from work, hitting the gym and training in the martial arts. Therefore, the diagnosis was unexpected and difficult to accept. The news hit hard, and I thought my life was over. Just hearing the word “cancer” was enough for my mind to shut down, and I was unable to hear, let alone process, the words coming from the doctor’s mouth.
At first, I found it very difficult to talk about and even had trouble speaking to my spouse. But I soon realized that sharing my thoughts and feelings was very therapeutic and helpful. Therefore, I decided early on to write a book that shares intimate details of my diagnosis, surgery, and recovery. It captures what it was like and how it felt every step of the way, including what I should have done differently. My hope is this book will serve as a guide to those facing prostate cancer themselves, or are curious about the disease.
To learn more about Gogs and the lessons he’s learned since diagnosis, read his book Prostate Cancer Strikes: Navigating the Storm.