Last night many of us sat watching one program The Real Full Monty, you may remember I wrote a post following last years program, you can view the post here. For those that have missed the show or the reason behind it I will do a little recap and the importance behind the show.
The Real Full Monty, is a group of celebrities lead by Ashley Banjo as their choreographer come together to learn that finale scene we all know and love from the film The Full Monty, sharing along the way their personal reason for taking part.
The Real Full Monty, is to create awareness about Prostate Cancer, which is something a lot of men do not know they have, my Dad was one of these.
One evening a few years ago, my Mum asked if I would mind taking them to A&E as Dad was worried as he was passing blood, we all thought it was an infection of some kind. He was examined at the hospital and various tests, and was asked to return for various scans. Then came the news he had Prostate Cancer, as you can imagine it was very scary time for us all.
He underwent treatment, stays in hospital, various procedures, being checked regularly and then we were told it was progressing and had spread to his lymph glands. This was two weeks before christmas and the first time I have ever seen my Dad be affected by his illness. He got very down and thought this was it. I had to be the strong one and keep positive and say all the right things for him and for my Mum, but secretly my heart was breaking and I cried my heart out.
In the January, he underwent intensive course of radiotherapy and thankfully this worked, he is still being checked but his PSA is minimal and his lymph is also ok. He has appointments every six months to check everything is going ok.
The one thing I am very vocal about is women get smear tests and mammograms offered to them, but men have nothing and all that is needed for initial checks is just a quick blood test.
I would urge everyone to nag our nearest and dearest to get checked, it is important and life changing.
Tonight the women are doing it for the girls to raise awareness for breast cancer.
Well done to everyone who took part to raise awareness and share their personal stories