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    Posted April 20, 2014 by
    La Crosse, Wisconsin

    A Father of Inspiration and Influence

    Earlier this year one of the most influential and inspirational people in my life was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

    That influential and inspirational person was my father. My mom, dad, brother and I had known my dad had a growth in his prostate but of course, he told us not to worry. My dad went through a biopsy to decipher if the growth was benign or malignant. My family continued not to worry and continued to think, “Dad is fine, there is no way he has cancer!” As is turned out, we were wrong and my dad did in fact have prostate cancer.

    The day my brother and I found out about my dad’s cancer was on a cold day in the middle of December. I remember thinking things such as, the cancer wasn’t caught early enough, its a rare form, one of the most important people in my life has cancer...

    When my dad saw the look of disbelief and sadness on my brother and I’s faces he smiled and said, “I know it is cancer but, I am going to be alright!” My dad proceeded to tell us that the doctors had caught his cancer early enough and he was going to be just fine. Its hard to explain the excitement and happiness you feel when a loved one tells you that despite the fact that they have cancer, they are going to be fine.

    My dad had surgery about a month ago and is now cancer free! He is overjoyed to be going back to work this week and excited about starting to work out again. A month of restrictions has certainly made my father anxious for things I often take for granted.

    As much as I do not like to say this, knowing someone or a loved one that has or has had cancer is definitely an eyeopening experience. Though my dad’s form of cancer was not very aggressive it has certainly taught our family to love and be thankful everyday. It is so easy to live life everyday while taking the smallest of things for granted. Aside from my mom, my dad is the most influential person in my life and I am lucky enough to say he is a cancer survivor.
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