On May 5th, 2009 at the age of 46 I received the most devastating news of my life, a formal diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. Being a very healthy and active individual, this was hard to comprehend at first. After the shock, I immediately thought of my family, my two beautiful daughters and my wife for 25 years. Because of them I needed to be strong and get all of us through this. Remember cancer does not just effect the person with the disease it effects everyone who loves them. After speaking with my daughters the next step was to speak with my parents, telling them that their son had cancer was sure to be very hard news to receive. Little did we know that because of my diagnosis, my Father at the age of 67 would months thereafter be diagnosed with the same disease, solely due to more scrutiny of his PSA and resulting biopsy. Fortunately, right here in New York we have some of the world’s leading doctors and cancer care hospitals. After careful research I found Dr. David Samadi from the Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. While everyone’s choice of treatment should and will be different, I know by my outcome and recovery as well as my Dad, that choosing the Samadi Team and Mount Sinai Medical Center as my hospital choice, was the right decision.
Well it is Fathers Day 2010, both my Dad and I have recovered and all tests show us to be cancer free. There is no better way to celebrate Fathers day than to be with your Dad and your own children, thankfully to regular testing and early intervention and the skill of Dr. David Samadi, both my Dad and I look forward to being cancer free and celebrating many future Father’s Day’s. So enjoy the Day with your dad and the rest of your family, get your PSA checked and do not be fearful, be confident that you can and willwith the right medically care and early detection beat prostate cancer.
Thanks Dad for the first gift of life and thanks to Dr. David Samadi for making sure I got the second chance.
Andrew L. , New York