The Walnut is the official newsletter for PCCN Ottawa, currently published approximately 4 times a year. In it you will find recaps of our latest meetings and events that PCCNO participated in, annoucements about upcoming meetings and events, health and nutrition news, survivor stories, details on new and innovative prostate and recurrent cancer treatment, research and diagnostics as well as photos, funny moments, and anything else that we can come up with !

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The Walnut - March, 2014

Variety, we hear, is the spice of life.

This explains why our March issue has something for everyone who has prostate cancer, had prostate cancer or ever thought of prostate cancer.

Plus, just letting you know that the book, “Understanding Women” is now out in paperback. See photo page 6.


The Walnut - February, 2014

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we lovingly bring you this issue featuring Rocco Rossi’s five-hole.

Nothing says “I love you” more than a cancerous (or excised) prostate with a copy of The Walnut tucked in among the roses.

Thoughtful, no?


The Walnut - January, 2014


Potpourri. A miscellaneous collection of things.

Walnut Potpourri. A miscellaneous collection of recent happenings for which there is no definitive theme or common denominator but which may provide amusement, entertainment, enlightenment, knowledge, or awareness, all dependent on the reader’s perspective and the editor’s mood at any given moment.

January 2014 Walnut Potpourri. Some of the above.

Happy New Year!


The Walnut - December, 2013

“Yule” really love this month’s meeting. Aside from the usual holiday season’s boundless frivolity and imbibing, we’ve invited comic Ruvin Geller to raise some yuks at the December meeting.

Plus, member Hal Floysvik and his Trillium Dixieland Band will perform, we suspect, seasonal Dixieland music.

Please stop reading this issue and come out to the festivities instead. As for The Walnut, yes, we have stuff in it.


The Walnut - November, 2013

This is Stache month. It used to be MOvember. No matter. The idea is the same.

Grow something on your upper lip and tell people you’re looking better all because of prostate cancer. They won’t believe you. The looking better part, we mean.

For those already sporting facial fuzz, we thank you for your permanent support of the cause. No matter what it makes you look like.


The Walnut - October, 2013

No hanging chads interfered with the September elections. The results are on page 3. We’ve kept the vote count confidential though.

As for the rest of the issue, we go from lymphedema to more on PSA testing and conclude with some fine lessons on stress management. As always, something for everyone.


The Walnut - September, 2013

The big news, aside from it being Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, is it’s also election time.

The campaigns are done, the politicking and verbal sparring, too. Come out to the association’s elections on Sept. 19 and vote.

Even vote more than once. We won’t tell.


The Walnut - July and August, 2013

Summertime and the living is easy...

Please note that this issue is for both July and August.

The Walnut’s editorial stiffs, er, staff are bound by union rules not to do anything constructive for two months. Mind you, some would say this is a consistent theme.

Have a wonderful and restful summer. See you in September! (Wasn’t that a song, too?)


The Walnut - June, 2013

We interrupt regular programming for this special announcement.

Let’s eat! See page 3’s Next Monthly Meeting for details on the upcoming Burger BBQ.

Operators are standing by to take your order…


The Walnut - May, 2013

On May 3, Ludwick Papaurelis lost his long and brave fight with prostate cancer.

We dedicate this issue of The Walnut to a man who gave so much to the PCCN Ottawa community.

PCCN Ottawa Member and Warrior Gerald “Jake” Freill passed away on May 1. We extend our condolences to his family.


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