Despite my fairly high profile in ‘another place’, I’m generally quite a private person, and I usually avoid engaging publicly with others on subjects that I would regard as no-one else’s business.
However, I'm making an exception on a matter that has recently affected my health and future longevity.
Last autumn I discovered that I had prostate cancer, and following consultation and a number of investigations (bone and MRI scans and a set of biopsies), I decided to go for brachytherapy, a procedure that implants radioactive seeds in the prostate under a general anaesthetic.
I won’t know the outcome for some months, as the seeds take a while to destroy tumours and reduce a measurement known as PSA (prostate specific antigen), which is an indicator of cancerous cells in the gland.
It is a little over three weeks since the procedure, and I feel fine, and am engaging in most normal activities, including an active social life.
I get periods of tiredness, and the waterworks are a bit tricky, but nothing that requires painkillers or is stopping me getting on with things.
The reason that I am posting now is that I have signed up for a walk up Snowdon (the highest peak south of the Scottish border) in May, to raise money for the excellent prostate research charity run by University College London.
There’s a link to the Snowdon500 Challenge site at the bottom of this post.
It may not be widely known, but this type of cancer affects over 50% of all males in the population. Usually, as it’s a slow growing type of cancer, chaps die of something else first. But that leaves 10,000 men a year in UK dying as a direct consequence of the disease.
Having spent the last three or four months sifting through information on this I am convinced that there is an excellent chance of significant improvements in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer in the coming years, and I believe that money donated to this cause is money very well spent.
My ‘Just Giving’ website is here, and it would be terrific to see a substantial sum from my fellow investors for a good cause. If I die on the mountain it won’t have been for nothing!
I know many of you personally, and that the community ranges from young investors just starting, to those who may well have made tens of thousands since the start of 2012. So I hope you will respond in accordance with your own personal position.
I’m very optimistic about the outcome in my own case, as I reckon by good luck and a bit of intuition it’s been caught early. Time will tell.
Thank you on behalf of the charity, and please wish me luck on the climb. I guess I’ll need to get down to the gym for a bit now! Drat! I hate exercise! And my thanks to Stockopedia for allowing me to post here in my favourite area - Resources
Will let you know how the event goes at the end of May.
http://www.snowdon500.co.uk/ (19/20 May 2012)