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My target 200 kms
I am taking on The Long Run!
This September I am taking part in The Long Run. I have committed to running 100k's to raise funds and awareness for men and their families who are fighting prostate cancer.
My story is in 2009 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and I want to say at the outset I have been supported on my journey with cancer by some of the best medical professionals you could ever wish to have on your team and also, most importantly, by my loving wife who has faced and overcome her own cancer challenge this year.
In 2008 my GP was concerned when my PSA level increased, not dramatically but enough to gain his attention. In early 2009 a confirmatory biopsy detected I had two tumours and six weeks later I had a radical robotic prostatectomy. After a recovery period I went back to enjoying life but it always remained at the back of my mind - what if?
Five years after the operation when I hoped to hear "All clear you are a cancer survivor" I was advised further signs of cancer had been detected!
Over the next 18 months my PSA numbers continued to rise to the extent it was determined cancer had returned and treatment was once again necessary. I had radiotherapy in 2018 and life resumed and it remained good until mid 2019 when radiation proctitis struck!
Proctitis is an infrequent but not unknown side effect of radiation in the prostate region and it can take sometime after radiotherapy before it rears its' ugly head. The number of men who get proctitis are small but as luck had it...I was one of them!
After a number of colon treatments in 2019 and earlier this year I am now okay and the proctitis has been successfully addressed.
With regard to my prostate cancer - all is good there too. I have regular blood tests which will continue for the rest of my life but I hope never again to hear the words "Bill you have cancer".
Please help me support the professional people at the PCFA who support men with prostate cancer - every dollar small and large will assist!
Together we can make sure fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and mates will be there for 'the long run'.
Your assistance is sincerely appreciated.
Best wishes for a long, happy and healthy life - Bill
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Completed Father’s Day 4KM
The Long (long) RunWednesday 30th Sep Well looking at the title it has certainly been that. Just completed 202K’s and the body knows it but it has been worth doing every Km - the Prostate Cancer Foundation is an extremely worthwhile cause.
Goals and TargetsSunday 27th Sep To acknowledge those people who have supported me in fundraising for this great cause, with some 3 days to go I have upped my personal target to 200K’s.
Time and DistanceSaturday 26th Sep Celebrating 45 yrs of marriage today so it will be a quiet day “on the track”.
Distance done - 150KsThursday 24th Sep Just logged 9 K’s, thought about 10 but came to my senses when I spotted my reflection in a shop window... it was in colour not b&w as usual! Anyway staggered home to record “mission accomplished” with 151K’s completed.
The Final WeekWednesday 23rd Sep Well with only around 7 days to go in the challenge it’s typical that Spring weather has finally arrived. Hope your work/home commitments allow you to get ‘out there’ and enjoy it while adding the final few K’s and achieving your target.
Running for LifeFriday 18th Sep Run, walk, swim, skate, row, ride... for those great people at the PCFA who help ensure men who contract prostate cancer have all the help they can get to beat the terrible disease and enjoy life! Share
Thank you to my Sponsors
Lindsay Parker 4/72
Peter And Helen Clisdell
Paul And Gina
David & Madeline Kohler
Kerry & Graeme Forbes
Wayne And Pip Banks
Roger Dundas 1/69
Peter S Ford
Dennis Townsend 2/70