The O'Donnell's

Marching for men to stop prostate cancer being a killer

Having been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009, Frank is now looking forward to walking his youngest daughter down the aisle

Frank first started having symptoms in 2001 but after a check up with his doctor, was given tablets to help his enlarged prostate.

Later in 2008, he had a general check up again for his enlarged prostate, and was sent for a biopsy; however, there was no trace of cancer.

At his annual check up in 2009, his test results showed a high PSA score. After another biopsy, he was officially diagnosed with prostate cancer in December 2009.

'After I was diagnosed, I spoke with a friend who had been through prostate cancer the year before. I sat with him and cried unstoppably. What first hit me was that my eldest daughter was getting married the following May and that I might not be there to walk her down the aisle,' says Frank.

However, Frank’s friend reminded him that he had to keep positive. Frank was then given the options for treatment but at the age of 55, he wanted to have surgery and 'get the cancer out'. In February 2010, he had an operation to remove his prostate.

Frank’s recovery took quite a while due to some stitches bursting six weeks after the operation, causing Frank excruciating pain. He also experienced erectile dysfunction as a result of treatment.

Frank’s family have been extremely supportive throughout.

'My wife was very heroic about it. She was very much "let’s get this sorted and then we can get on with the rest of our lives" which was a great help to me. She had an incredibly positive approach. My daughters were naturally very upset, but once I had explained it to them they understood a lot more about the disease and were incredibly supportive.'

Frank started to volunteer for Prostate Cancer UK after the business he works with supported the charity. He has since been an incredible support at fundraising events. His daughters have also got involved with a number of events and raised money.

I can be part of something that can help change and save men’s lives.

After supporting so much, Frank is looking forward to taking part in the Glasgow March for Men. Apart from also wanting to be in shape to walk his youngest daughter down the aisle at her wedding the week after the event, he wants to help stop prostate cancer being a killer.

'My motivation to get up and do it is that now I can be part of something that can help change and save men’s lives. I hope others realise the importance of this cause and come and take part.'

 

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