Look down. Do you see a penis in front of you?
Ok. You need to read this ....
Welcome to the online home for the Prostate Repair Guide: A User's Manual. I wrote this book because my father died of prostate cancer, and I suffered excruciating pain for three years, all because I knew next to nothing about prostate disease.
If you're male and you live long enough, eventually you're almost certain to face some form of prostate disease too. I wrote the Prostate Repair Guide because I just don't want to see other men go through the same things I did. The Prostate Repair Guide isn't written from the view of an 'expert' or a specialist in urology. If you have prostate disease, you should already have a urologist working on your case.
No, this is literally a User Guide, and it's here to help you navigate the often baffling medical bureaucracy. The Guide will tell you how to make sure you get the right tests at the right time; how to make sure you get a solid diagnosis; how to push for the right treatment for you. I wasn't so lucky. I went into my experience with prostate disease with very little knowledge, other than the often conflicting information I could find through 'Dr. Google'.
PRG launches IndieGoGo Campaign to publish book
Kelowna, BC – Around the world, millions of men are sprouting alarming facial hair to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate disease.
Kelowna writer Gary Symons went a step farther. In addition to growing a ‘Zappa’, he’s also writing a book and website aimed at the millions of men diagnosed with prostate disease every year.
The Prostate Repair Guide is complete in draft form, and will be published early next year. The website www.prostaterepairguide.com was launched in Movember.
“I’m writing this book because my father died of prostate cancer, and I just went through five years of hell with an undiagnosed case of BHP (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), basically an enlarged prostate,” Symons says.
“It was an absolute nightmare. I was actually misdiagnosed for years, and by the time a specialist found out what was really wrong with me I needed emergency surgery.”
Symons is a reporter and editor who worked as an investigative journalist for various newspapers and for CBC News. After his surgery, he decided to turn his investigative skill on to an examination of prostate disease and treatment.
“What I found was shocking, but perhaps not surprising,” Symons says. “The fact is, men often suffer needlessly or even die from prostate disease. Sometimes this is because they delay getting diagnosed; sometimes it’s because they are misdiagnosed; and sometimes it’s because they get the wrong treatment.”
During his investigation, Symons found there is a simple series of tests that should be done for anyone displaying symptoms of prostate disease, but these tests are often not done in a timely manner.
“In my case, an ultrasound showed clearly what was causing the constant pain I suffered, and that could have killed me,” he says. “Had that test been ordered when I first went to the doctor, I would have avoided years of terrible suffering. My belief is that thousands or millions of men are going through the same thing.”
Symons has already launched the site, and is raising funds through IndieGoGo to help publish the book in January.
About the Book and Website
The Prostate Repair Guide is a comprehensive examination of prostate disease, diagnosis and treatment. It provides the reader with a thorough overview of what tests should be conducted, and what treatments are available for treatment of prostatitis, prostate cancer, and BHP (enlarged prostate).
Learn more about the IndieGoGo fundraising campaign at http://igg.me/at/prostate-repair-guide/x/5349058
Campaign starts this week
I'm just in the last stages of launching my IndieGoGo Campaign to raise money for publishing my book and creating a better website. This video explains why I felt a book was needed; basically, it comes down to the fact it can be so damned hard to get proper diagnosis and treatment for prostatitis or BPH, while prostate cancer patients really need to know more before they enter this bewildering world of medical specialists. My hope is this book will help others avoid some of the pitfalls my father and I fell into.
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