Doug McIntyre's Story

In July 2001, I was happily married, had a wonderful family, successful as a CFO in a large company, and busy building our dream cottage. Then everything changed. A routine visit to the doctor to deal with a poison ivy encounter revealed that my PSA had jumped significantly. I was facing prostate cancer.

My doctor informed me that I had a very serious form of prostate cancer and while I wrote notes, I recall nothing after those first words. My wife was with me and her strength got me through that day. I opted for surgery and underwent a radical prostatectomy. Within days, I was on my way to making an excellent recovery.

My prostate cancer returned in 2003 and I was given a 50% survival rate. Working with a new doctor, new medications and radiation treatments made a tremendous difference. I learnt to be pro-active around my treatment options and greatly changed my day-to-day approach to health.

Support from others has been critical. My wife and children keep me focused and centered. Connecting with men in my local PCCN support group has also been a great help. Being able to share experiences and learn from others helps a survivor to feel that he is not alone. I became involved in public speaking, advocacy, and fundraising on behalf of the prostate cancer cause. I am also a member of the PCCN Advisory Council, representing support groups affiliated with Prostate Cancer Canada across the country. Each day is a new opportunity to keep learning, sharing resources, and continued striving to eliminate this disease.

That’s why I say my life was saved by an encounter with poison ivy.
CARPE DIEM!

Doug McIntyre
PCCN Support Group Leader
PCCN Advisory Council Member




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