Fight before it's too late
Brian and his family decided to share their story after reading
about our partnership with Millwall FC. We have worked with Brian
to ensure that his message goes far and wide across the football
Read on for Brian's story in his own words:
"As a true Millwall fan, I know the club's motto - 'we fear no
Do yourself a favour and don't turn the page. Reading this
could save your life.
Several generations of my family have supported Millwall, both
home and away, through the ups and downs. However, nothing compares
to my battle against prostate cancer.
I am a 49-year-old man, born and bred in New Cross. I am a
husband, dad, son, brother and uncle. On 27th July 2012 I was
diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. I thought I was
strong. I thought it could be controlled and treated, but I left it
too long. The cancer has spread to the bone and now my 'foe' is
gradually taking over my life.
By the time I went to the GP, I knew something was wrong, but I
kept saying 'I am strong, I can fight the pain - it will go away.'
Ignoring the symptoms was the worst thing I could do.
Men are the worse. We don't go to the doctors. We don't confide
in others. I had the symptoms - severe pain in my hip, not
having full flow, not hitting the back of the pan when having a pee
- but I did nothing and unknowingly allowed it to spread.
I told myself that prostate cancer is an old man's disease and
for that reason I couldn't possibly have it. I am living proof that
this is a lie - I am young. Don't be put off if you are told you
are too young. Only you know your body. Insist on a simple blood
PSA test and save your life.
Not a moment of the day goes by when I don't think of my foe. I
am constantly reminded of its presence by the pain. Well done
Millwall, for standing up and being counted by supporting Prostate
We see it happening to other people and never think that it can
happen to us. If you have any symptoms, confide in a loved one. Act
now. Don't leave it too late. Don't fear your foe. Fight it before
it's too late."
If you have a story to tell or want to help keep spreading the
message, get in touch, like Brian did as we can help.
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