On the day of his biopsy, Brian made sure he went to his son’s recital despite the discomfort he knew he’d feel when sitting. Throughout his career as a business owner and working 18-hour days, he never missed an appointment or school event. And since surviving prostate cancer, every event including Father’s Day, holds an extra special meaning.
Brian’s life took an unexpected turn when he received a prostate cancer diagnosis in August 2017. Initially, the tests conducted didn’t detect cancer, but a high prostate-specific antigen level of 20 raised concerns. His doctor ordered an MRI, which revealed small tumors on the back side of Brian’s prostate. The discovery highlighted the importance of perseverance and thoroughness in the diagnostic process.
Brian wanted to be there for his young boys. He embarked on a challenging treatment path not knowing what side effects he might endure. He chose life over the uncertainties. Under the care of his doctor, he started hormone therapy in August 2017 followed by targeted radiation in December. In February 2018, he underwent brachytherapy.
At 65, with three children including the birth of his first son at 50, Brian openly talks to his three young sons about the need to get tested when they reach the appropriate age. He believes it’s better to be open and talk about these things rather than bury them. Cancer runs in his family – his dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer at 58 and is still living a fulfilling life at 94. It’s another reason for Brian to openly about early detection and his experience.
Brian believes that sharing his journey educates others but also eliminates the fear and stigma associated with prostate cancer. Brian has become an advocate for early detection, inspiring others to prioritize their health and well-being.
His modeling and advocacy are paying off. As he nears his final year of remission and can soon call himself cancer-free, he received a heart-warming gesture from his middle child and son, Shian. For a school fundraiser, Shian chose Prostate Cancer Centre and raised $127. He made this decision on his own because he wants to help people like his dad.
While cancer may run in the family, so does a generation of men and young boys determined to raise awareness about prostate cancer with a clear message: The bottom line is to get in and get tested as soon as you can.