September is National Prostate Awareness Month
Growing up in the 60’s, I often heard the phrase “coulda, woulda, shoulda” from my grandparents when I purposely came up with excuses to avoid carrying out my duties, chores and the responsibilities assigned to me.
I knew there were disciplinary consequences when they were ignored, overlooked and not completed in a timely manner. Yes, costly repercussions!! What I was being taught at an early age was life is filled with expectations and time restraints.
This became another life lesson and teaching tool for me to stop dragging my feet by putting off tomorrow what could and should be done today.
I’ve seen and heard this same metaphor used by men in regards to their prostate health, especially those men who come into our organization with late stage diagnosis or terminally ill. Are we waiting until late in life to take care of health situations that could have been taken care of but we started relying on excuses? After the excuses we live with the negative outcomes and regrets from them. Excuses have become a part of our everyday lives and it works well for many of us but in the world of prostate cancer, excuses can be like playing Russian roulette with a loaded gun. Excuses can cost you your life.
As we enter another week during September National Prostate Awareness Month, don’t allow excuses and the phrase coulda, woulda, shoulda to be a decision maker in regard to your prostate health. Have a conversation with your doctor “today” and talk about screening options.
“Excuses are tools of the incompetence used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness and those who used them seldom specialize in anything else.”