A Prostate Cancer Patient Journey - Joseph Samulenas
Joseph Samulenas, a prostate cancer patient shares his journey through diagnoses, treatment decisions, and advice he would give himself as a newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient if he had the knowledge he has now.
1. How did you go about making your treatment decision?
2. Did you feel that you had an adequate understanding of all the pro and cons of each treatment that was available to you?
3. Is there anything that you would do differently in going about making your decision if you were to do it again?
4. Looking back, what advice would you give yourself as a newly diagnosed cancer patient?
Joseph Samulenas, prostate cancer patient and advocate
Joe Samulenas: My name is Joe Samulenas, and I am here because I am diagnosed with prostate cancer and I'd like to become a prostate cancer survivor.
I did a lot of research actually. At first when I was diagnosed, I had no idea where to go, what doctors were good, what facilities were good and through research and conversations with professionals, I whittled it down to what I think is the right situation for me, the right facility and an exceptional doctor.
I do think I had knowledge and understanding of all the opportunities available to me, and I think I, in collaboration with my doctor, chose the best path for me at this moment.
If I were to do things differently, I think when I first was diagnosed, I wasn't listening fully. I heard what I wanted to hear, not what I was being told. And so therefore, I would advise anyone that's in a position of being diagnosed is to listen to everything very carefully and have an open mind.
I would give advice to myself to be open to all opinions, to not have any preconceived notions and to also be strong and have resolve. I think it's really important also to challenge not only the doctors, but also to challenge myself to try to get to a point where the right decisions are made that's best for everyone involved.
I would like to add that I believe without faith, family, friends, and resolve, you might have a problem getting through the journey of a bold new world, if you will. I think with family, friends, and my own personal resolve, I feel like I've been able to make a lot bolder decisions and also prolong my life.
Resolve means to me to have intestinal fortitude, to be strong, to be upbeat, to be positive, to be vulnerable all at the same time and therefore what that does, I think, is it gives you inner strength that's important when you're fighting a pretty important battle.