After being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer, I searched for a book written by a survivor that told his story first hand—not just how this cancer and its treatment impacted him physically, but that also described the profound emotional, psychological, relational, and spiritual consequences of accepting—and living—a life permanently altered. But I never found that book. So I wrote One Man’s Life-Changing Diagnosis: Navigating the Realities of Prostate Cancer.
It weaves my personal story of diagnosis, treatment, and now living as a cancer survivor into the broader landscape of prostate cancer: its history, demographics, and the politics of the cancer treatment market—and how disparities between breast and prostate cancer advocacy and funding reveal surprising differences in the ways men and women deal with their disease.
Winner of a 2012 American Journal of Nursing (AJN) Book of the Year Award in the Consumer Health Category
“This book should have been written years ago. The point is made that because of a plethora of social, political, and financial realities, prostate cancer is a disease that men everywhere are suffering with quietly and often alone. Pynn provides a thoughtful, straightforward commentary on the debilitating and disabling effects of prostate cancer. He provides an insider’s perspective of the struggles of living with this disease and delivers an easy-to-read guide to help readers navigate the realities of detection, diagnosis, and treatment.
“Provides readers with firsthand, essential information that’s often overlooked because of social factors and the stress of living with the disease.
“Helps prostate cancer patients reduce the burden of stress that accompanies the cancer diagnosis, as well the confusion that can befall those suffering with this disease.
“An exceptional resource to help patients and family members make better and more informed decisions; the information it contains can help patients through the treatment process, giving them a path to recovery and long and full lives.”
– AJN, American Journal of Nursing: January 2013 – Volume 113 – Issue 1 – Book of the Year Awards 2012, p 64–66
Read an excerpt from Chapter One. Read the foreword by Dan Zenka, VP Communications, Prostate Cancer Foundation. Read Dan Zenka’s “My New York Minute” interview with the author. You can order the book at: