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Dis-Ease: Living with Prostate Cancer

by Dale Rominger

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 222 KB
Publication Date: 19 March 2013
UK Price: £0.99
US Price:  $1.50
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There is a conspiracy of silence surrounding the experience of prostate cancer. Visit the health section in the bookshop and you will find books by doctors but few of the personal narratives so well represented in other illnesses. The twin threats of incontinence and erectile dysfunction cause many men to withdraw into embarrassment behind a veil of silence. Sons do not know the outcomes of the treatments their fathers have undergone. Friends are reluctant to speak to friends.

Dale Rominger has written candidly and with self-deprecating humour about every aspect of his experience, from his diagnosis in 2011 to his radical prostatectomy in 2012 and its aftermath. He describes both the physical and emotional journeys with reflections along the way based on his efforts to make meaning of what he was experiencing. While quick to emphasize that he is not a medical expert and that no two men’s experiences will be identical, he offers openness as a gift to other cancer patients and their families and friends. The writing is scrupulously unsentimental while acknowledging deep vulnerability, disturbing questions, anger, uncertainty and fear.

The Case for Unintelligent Design identifies the male prostate gland as a design flaw because of its propensity to disease and its location jeopardising urinary and sexual functions. A series of bald statements lays out the facts and statistics about prostate cancer.

What Did I Do to Deserve This? asks, “What did I do to deserve this?”, acknowledging the human need for meaning and explanation. It concludes that there is no causal link between morality and cancer. Sometimes we just get sick.

The Movements of a Dis-Ease traces the author’s experience through six movements: test results and diagnosis, active surveillance, surgery, pain and catheter care, incontinence and learning to live again.

The Handover focuses on the vulnerability and dependence of the patient in hospital.

The Indifferent Universe and Me is the soul searching of someone who was lucky who recognises that many are not.

My George W. Bush Emotional Strategy for Coping with Dis-Ease records the author’s bravado and its success and failure as an emotional survival strategy.

The Things We Won’t Talk About addresses the issues of incontinence and erectile dysfunction directly and in detail.

Lights and Tunnels is the reflection of a survivor pondering how his experience of prostate cancer has changed his approach to life.

"Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for how you documented your journey.  It not only helps us to accompany you on the way but for those of us who regularly come into contact with men diagnosed with prostate cancer and who, like your father, cannot bring themselves to speak of the consequences, it gives an insight into what it's really like."
{From a reader}