Thriving After Prostate Cancer

by Diane Butts December. 02, 2020 1603 views

Derrick's Story

Derrick, Central Park, New York City - October 2020

Derrick, Central Park, New York City - October 2020

“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2016. It’s now 2020 and I am doing just fine. As you'll see in my video story, cycling has been a primary factor in maintaining my physical and mental health.

Prostate cancer runs in my family. Before I was diagnosed, my dad had started chronicling his own journey with plans to publish a book. After my recovery, I added my story, and in 2019, it was published.

To promote awareness about the importance of prostate health, I’ve connected with several groups and organizations. Recently I was a guest on The Gary Flowers radio show.

"Gary asked a question that many men wonder about, and sometimes keeps them from getting their prostate checked - ‘can you still have sex?’ The short answer is yes. If you had an active sex life before treatment, you should be fine.

Men also worry about incontinence (a lack of bladder control.) Medical advances have reduced the likelihood of nerve damage that was common in years past.

In essence, with proper care and recovery, a man’s quality of life doesn’t have to change, and it can improve.

"To promote proactive prostate health and share resources, I co-founded a non-profit organization called Prostate Cancer Awareness Alliance – District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia (PCAA-DMV.) Our next event will be announced soon – January 2021. Stay tuned for more information.”

Video - Derrick’s Story – in his own words.

Book - Prostate Cancer A Family Affair

PCAA-DMV - Prostate Cancer Awareness Alliance - DMV

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Piotr B 4 weeks ago

Great and a very encouraging post.

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Colin Massey 1 month, 2 weeks ago

And may the journey to good health continue on and on

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Jose Shishir 1 month, 3 weeks ago

nice bro

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Diane Butts Replied to Jose Shishir 1 month, 3 weeks ago

thank you Jose.

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Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful post, as always a pleasure to read your posts.

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Diane Butts Replied to Camellia Staab 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Thank you SO much Camellia! The feeling is mutual.

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Valerie Bey 1 month, 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful article and I really love the photo of Derrick holding the bike over his head.

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Diane Butts Replied to Valerie Bey 1 month, 3 weeks ago

Val, thanks!!!!

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