Back in early February, I announced that I had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and that I had decided to take a public stance with regards to my diagnosis, the course of my treatment, and the eventual outcomes. This decision would hopefully help leverage my new-found status as a testimony to the importance of screening, timely detection, and disease management.
In consort with KTAR and the Arizona Diamondbacks, we launched a personal blog at www.prostatepledge.com encouraging Arizona men to make a pledge to get their prostate exam and be eligible to win private suites at an Arizona Diamondbacks games. To date over 3000 men have taken the prostate pledge. In addition, we received considerable media coverage, spoke at prostate cancer awareness events, and highlighted prostate cancer during National Men’s Health Week in June.
At this time, I’m very pleased to announce that my follow-up prostate tests have indicated that my treatment was a resounding success! I have been symptom-free, and experienced only minimal fatigue during the course of my nine weeks of treatment.
Please know that I have appreciated the support and kind messages from folks who have known about my circumstance. Also, it has been most rewarding to receive many messages from men and women across Arizona testifying to their personal decisions to get screened, support their loved ones, and spread the word about the ease of testing and range of treatment options for those who detect cancer. Indeed, we achieved an impact far beyond the 3,000+ people who made the official pledge.
Together, we are living proof that life’s challenges can not only be met, but can make us even stronger.
Best to you,
Tune in to KXXT 1010am Thursday, September 13th from 10am-11am for the Southwest Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Men’s Health Talk Show. This week Wayne Tormala will be a featured guest discussing Prostate Cancer and Men’s Health issues. Click Here for the show’s agenda.
September 22, 2012 at Tempe Kiwanis Park
The Tim Barber Walk for POP
Join honorary chairman Derek Hall (president & CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and other prostate cancer survivors along with their families in leading hundreds of Arizonans in the fourth annual The Tim Barber Walk for POP. This annual community event is a festive, educational walk to highlight National Prostate Cancer Month. The Tim Barber Walk for POP raises awareness of the importance of early detection of prostate cancer, the second-most diagnosed cancer in men. Plus, the first 100 men that register receive a free prostate screening at the event. For additional information call Prostate On-Site Project (480) 964-3013 or online at www.prostatecheckup.org
For most of us men (as evidenced in the fact that more than half of us over 40 years of age do not get prostate screenings), prostate cancer is something we don’t want to think about or address. There are many reasons for this…
- Many of us (either consciously or not) push back the anxiety of hearing the dreaded words (“you have cancer”). We may have accepted the myth that the “C word” is a death knoll, and be unaware that medical advancements have created many pathways to wellness, including some with only minimal or no side effects. For nearly all adults, at some point in life (early or late) disease management becomes the safest bet to a long and productive life.
- We may feel that we are somehow to blame…..that our disease is a payback from poor lifestyle choices, and not know that some diseases cannot be prevented. Many myths plague us in this area, from being too sexually active to being impotent, from too doing too much bike riding to not getting enough exercise……and so on!
- Many of us had role models (fathers, athletes, movie stars) seemed to impart that our feelings were to kept private, especially any that would cast doubt on our manhood. Just like “real men don’t cry,” we often follow an unwritten rule that we keep our chin up, and keep our feelings and fears to ourselves. We often hear men proclaim that “when my time is up, it’s up…..I don’t want to know about it!”
For me, all I can say is that I’m not going solo, and that I have embraced the fact that PROSTATE CANCER IS NOT JUST FOR MEN!
When I called my wife, Sue to tell her I had just received the results of my prostate biopsy, she let me know immediately that “we’re in this thing together.” She had accompanied me to get my biopsy, she was at my side when we met with my urologist to consider our options, she co-owned our decision to get the beam radiation (Calypso Method) treatment, she was there when the beacons were implanted that would guide the radiation beams, and she is driving me to each of the forty-five treatments I’m in the process of receiving.
In a radio interview last week, Sue and I spoke candidly about the critical role that spouses and partners play in helping men not only face their disease with courage, but also in playing a vital role in the treatment and healing process. Indeed, our loved ones can help transform us from a sense of dire straits to ultimate success. Since my own announcement of having prostate cancer, many men have opened up to me about their experiences. Some were surrounded by a circle of support, while others faced it alone.
So if prostate cancer is not just for men, how do we get them to open up their hearts and lives so that others can join hands in the fight? Who’s in our lives that we really listen to….who we know will make a difference if we only let them?
|What:||Men’s Health Talk Program|
|Topic:||The Role Women Play after their Spouses are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.|
|Special Guest & Presenters:|| * Mr. Wayne Tormala, Ms. Sue Tormala & Ms. Autumn Barber.
|When:||Thursday, March 22, 2012.|
|Time:||10:00 am – 11:00 am|
|Where:||Radio Station – KXXT 1010 AM
Online – www.familyvaluesradio.net (click left side of menu)
Call-in phone number: 602.296.3632
This week’s show will highlight the dynamics that develop after a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer (PC). Wayne Tormala was recently diagnosed and is currently under going radiation therapy. His wife Sue was intimately involved in the process from day one. They will share their journey of what procedure to utilize, what medical institution to engage etc. And how to successfully combat (PC). Ms. Autumn Barber is the wife of the late Tempe Police Detective Tim Barber. Tim was diagnosed with stage 4 (PC) at the ripe old age of 40. Tim lost his battle to prostate cancer in August of 2011. Autumn delivered two twins shortly after Tim passed. She has a powerhouse story.
My name is Wayne Tormala, and I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
For over 20 years I have had a prostate exam, including a digital rectal exam and PSA (blood test), as part of my annual health check. Year after year, I learned that my test results were “in the normal range”. I will admit that I was lulled into thinking that “prostate cancer won’t happen to me!”
I want to talk personally about my diagnosis, how my wife and I chose a course of treatment among the many options that are now available, and how I’m dealing with it physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Most importantly, I want to tell you about our plans here at KTAR for seizing this opportunity to promote prostate cancer awareness.
Indeed, there is confusion surrounding the testing and treatment of prostate cancer. Over the next few months, we want to use this blog space to encourage men, their friends, their families, and their co-workers to learn more about prostate cancer, to bring their own personal thoughts and feelings to the forefront, and to make informed decisions regarding their own prostate health.