Tom Hulsey

Age: Adult
Association: Survivor
Region: Texas
Cancer: Prostate

"In retrospect, no one should take their cancer journey alone."

On my birthday in February 2015, I got the worst news a person can get: “You have cancer.”  I almost didn’t fight it… but I developed the right mindset, and that changed everything. In my cancer battle, I made the choice to shift my mindset from fear to determination. Setting small goals helped me achieve more. That’s part of having a winning mindset.

Just prior to my diagnosis I lost one of my best friend to prostate cancer.  It was gut-wrenching to witness his 4-year battle up close and personal.Besides being in shock, I was embarrassed and ashamed with my diagnosis. I was scared, having just witnessed Bill’s demise. I was the picture of health; I had done everything right.

Other than family and a few close friends, I did not tell anyone.  Basically, I took my journey alone. It took me 13 months after my diagnosis to go public. It was at that time, with my wife’s encouragement, I published my first blog about my journey; it touched lives around the world! In retrospect, no one should take their cancer journey alone.    

It is widely reported that cancer mortality rates have dropped; down nearly two percent since 2015. On the surface, it’s a good step toward minimizing the pain and suffering endured by many families, but one important detail that the media and medical advisors have glossed over is that prostate cancer deaths jumped 10 percent last year. It’s the largest jump in prostate cancer deaths in a decade, according to the American Cancer Society. A man dies every 18 minutes from prostate cancer. One in every nine men will be diagnosed with Prostate cancer.

My cancer battle taught me that even on the worst days, I need to remember the bigger picture. We tend to focus too much on the negative, so by looking at all the options, we can respond differently to the concerns fear instills in us. KNOW YOUR OPTIONS!