The 20 Percent Club: The Silent Disease Affecting Young Brothers (Part Two)
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for that matter, anything which becomes extremely difficult to cope with on your own. With what I am facing, this is one road I can’t and won’t travel alone.

In fact, I am being forced to make life-impacting decisions that no one should have to make, especially when they’re in their forties or, for that matter, in their fifties. I am not ashamed to say I have been on an emotional rollercoaster like none other - since I was forced into biopsy mode. Yet, I am in a much better place now, or so I think, now that I know my options.

However, in public, so far, I have managed to keep it together. Also, locating stories of folks who look like me and are in my age set were extremely impossible to find.  So, this is another reason I decided to go public so soon after being diagnosed. There was only one article I was able to locate on the net that I could connect with in my age story. In fact, the article I found has literally aided me through this difficult process.

While I commend older men for sharing their stories, it’s hard for me to connect with them. Yet, young, Black men have a totally different outlook, as it relates to their life span and their sexual health. It’s rare that brave souls like Jerry Bembry publicly share their story. Having brothers like Bembry to lean-on and talk me through the process is just what the doctor ordered. 

So, for young men who are really ready to step-up their game and to take control of their health, there is assistance available whether you insured, underinsured or have no insurance.

Currently, I am sorting through my treatment options. Like one of my brothers mentioned, it’s like searching for a vehicle, before the low-interest auto loan expires, meaning I am under the gun to make a decision. With the choices I have been given, there are pros and cons. Honestly, I really don’t like any of my choices, although I know I should be thankful to have them.

While I am normally in the driver’s seat, helping folks find the perfect ride., I am currently in unfamiliar territory. This has been quite taxing for me and those I have allowed in the decision making process. By year-end, I hope to be traveling a new road in my life, driving into 2013 as a slightly used, reconditioned model, with a long-term warranty.

As I travel down this new road in my life, I see brighter days ahead. With 2013 rapidly approaching, I look forward to wearing a t-shirt with the words: I am a part of the 20 Percent Club and I survived prostate cancer. Also, at that point, I hope to be in position to serve as a support system for other young men walking in my shoes. Right now the best I can do is to share my story. Yes, as of recently, I have taken a personal pledge to be a vocal advocate for this disease. I will no longer keep this close to the vest, as other men walk around suffering, not knowing how to cope with this. 

I have so much to live for, and men, you do too! Do the right thing. Make a personal pledge today to take care of your health and go to the doctor. At least, take advantage of the free health services in your area. And, if you’re over 35, start getting prostate exams annually.

To find out more information about the prostate and prostate cancer, visit pcf.org.

Jeff Fortson is an auto analyst and editor of a car-buying website for women and minorities. To learn more about his popular car-buying workshop and/or to price a new-vehicle, drive on over to www.JeffCars.com. Follow him http://twitter.com/#!/JeffCars/.