Consulting

“I don’t want to waste another year!” a client said to me recently.  When we explored what this meant, it seemed she felt that being depressed – which she had been for the better part of a year – was not something that competent people did with their lives.

Last time, I reported on the 2013 World Prostate Cancer Congress at which I presented a paper.  The paper was a case study of a client who was diagnosed suddenly with prostate cancer which proved to be more advanced than could be dealt with by a routine prostatectomy.  Over the course of a year or so, this man had to deal with a range of treatment and emotional experiences.  He generously gave me permission to write about his story, and I decided, in the end, to do this in the form of a poem.

I was checking news about prostate cancer on the internet last week and came across this post written by a man who’d been treated for prostate cancer:  “I am a victim of nerve damage.  It has been 17 years without sex.  Please help me.”

This is such an unnecessarily sad and painful response to the loss of erectile functioning.  The word “victim” signals an abandonment of hope and action, and the “17 years without sex” explains why.

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