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One of the main goals for the Prostate Cancer Survivors Association of West Michigan is to provide you with the information you need to make the right decisions regarding your health and wellbeing. You will certainly learn a lot by attending our group and hearing from fellow men who have gone through exactly what you are going through, but there are also valuable resources that can be found online. We have compiled a list of several you may be interested in, along with some additional thoughts and tips you may find helpful.

Prostate Cancer Education in West Michigan

One of the important services we provide for our members is bringing in doctors and leading medical professionals to speak to us. These events are great opportunities to learn about various treatment options and after-treatment counseling. When you attend, you are also able to have your questions answered by prostate cancer experts.

Online Educational Resources

With regard to online resources, you might want to check out the following:

  • American Cancer Society – The leading organization for support and research into all forms of cancer, including prostate cancer.
  • CancerCare – This webpage contains links to several publications and podcasts covering a wide range of topics related to prostate cancer.
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation – PCF is dedicated to curing prostate cancer.
  • Us TOO – This is an international network dedicated to prostate cancer education and support.
  • ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer – If you are interested in financial resources to help pay for medication and other medical expenses, this organization has compiled a list of possible options.

Helpful Tips and Advice

Here are some ideas and tips that have helped others overcome uncertainty and fear and feel more hopeful after a prostate cancer diagnosis:

  • Always keep in mind you don’t have control over cancer recurrence. Accepting this fact is better than fighting it.
  • Be informed. While you cannot control whether or not cancer returns, there are measures you can take to lower the risk. Strive to learn as much as possible about what you can do for your health right now. You should also be aware of the services and resources available to you.
  • Be aware of any fears, but don’t judge yourself for having them. As men, we were taught from a young age that we need to be strong and courageous. Strength and courage are important, but so too is recognizing that sometimes we are afraid. That’s normal, but just because fear is normal doesn’t mean you have to keep it. Practice letting your fears go. No matter if you turn them over to a higher power or just picture them floating away, letting them go will free you from needless worry and wasted time and energy.
  • Control what you can. There is only so much you can control, but you will find that putting and keeping your life in order will make you feel less fearful. This means staying involved in your health care and making changes to your lifestyle. Even something as simple as setting a daily schedule is empowering. You may not be able to control every thought that enters your mind, but resolve not to dwell on fearful or negative ones.
  • Be as physically active as you can. This certainly ties in with the previous advice, but staying as active as possible is smart advice for anyone, and especially if you are recovering from prostate cancer.
  • Express any feelings of fear or uncertainty with a loved one, trusted friend, or counselor. Being open and dealing with emotions is not always natural for men, but many individuals feel less worried when they do open up. People often find that, when they express strong feelings like fear, they’re better able to let them go. We know thinking and talking about your feelings can be hard, but if you find cancer is taking over your life, it usually helps to find a way to express your feelings.
  • Take in the present moment instead of thinking about a difficult past or an uncertain future. If you can find peace inside yourself, even for a few minutes every day, you can recall that peace when other things are happening, like when life becomes busy and overwhelming.
  • Find ways to help yourself relax. Staying physically active is important for lowering the risk of cancer recurrence, but take time to relax as well. Stress is proven to have physical effects on the human body. Spend time enjoying relaxing activities on a regular basis for your optimal health.

The Prostate Cancer Survivors Association of West Michigan is an organization formed by men who have had prostate cancer. We come together to share and help others learn from our experiences. If you have been diagnosed or treated for prostate cancer, we can provide the support you need. Contact us for additional information about our organization or events by calling (616) 453-8300. If you’d prefer, you can also send us an email to info@gcgr.org.

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