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The Walnut: 2002-2015
MOvember is upon us. So in this issue, we’ve “stached” interesting tidbits about bio-markers and survival data, plus a terrific summary of Dr. Morgan’s October talk.
And though we’re never ambiguous about much, our Ambiguities special on page 6 poses some of the great and deep questions of our time.
But you can’t get there without first paying for pages one to five.
Should men get their PSA checked?
Yes – No – Perhaps – Maybe – OK – Sometimes – and the debate rages on…see page 4.
Plus in this issue we learned Zytiga is now in, car shows aren’t much fun in the rain, and sometimes it’s fine not to take medication.
This special fall issue – free at newsstands from coast to coast.
The summer has not provided a respite from the duties of our group. The two summer meetings produced excellent open discussions on how to help the newly diagnosed.
Our chairman, for one, has actively lobbied for approval of Zytiga (page 5) and inquired about the Cancer Centre Fitness facility (page 6). Sadly though, we have lost some friends to this disease.
We slither into the heat with a potpourri of interesting events of the last few weeks.
Please check page 3 for the date of the August meeting since there is no August issue.
The editorial staff will use the time off to research proper uses of; the semi-colon and - hyphen.
Have a relaxing summer!
Highlights? Well, let’s see. We have Dr. Segal plus some members learning how to do robotic surgery (medical degree optional). A little more fuel on the fire that is the PSA controversy. The Alterna run looms and we need contributions. Something about pizza’s oregano being a cure. And all of this in our usual digestible six-page spread. Special this month: Free. Again.
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.
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 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.
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?)
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…
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.
The late great Al Jolson crooned about April showers, daffodils and the hope that comes with the spring. An apropos sentiment as we dance out of winter’s darkness.
For those who’d like to hear him, click on (or copy and paste) this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMCU7OF3sVM
We acknowledge that everything in The Walnut, including our page 2 disclaimer, is fascinating reading. Still, we ask you to pay particular attention to the page 6 item about our co-chairs’ Back to Basics movement (though not to be confused with any of Beethoven’s movements).
Food, magical food, wonderful food, marvellous food, fabulous food…(from the musical “Oliver”)
Devour what you read, friends. For in this issue we are careful not to bite off more than we can chew. You’ll find sage advice – free as always – about nutrition plus more about exercise’s role.
Don’t let us catch you on the couch with a bag of chips!
Our beloved readers may have noticed our December issue came out askew.
Some pages were up; some were down. Not unlike days with prostate cancer, come to think of it.
It goes like that in the publishing business from time to time. So we humbly apologize for any dizziness December might have caused, with or without Christmas festivities.
We will do what we can to prevent this from happening again. In the meantime, all the best to our readers for a healthy and happy 2013!
Timing in life is everything, we’re told.
It’s MOvember, the ideal time for a Canadian Task Force’s stunning announcement about PSA tests to bring prostate cancer to the forefront of the news.
Hence, this issue’s focus is on that announcement and the reactions from a Globe and Mail columnist, Prostate Cancer Canada, and our own PCCN Ottawa co-chairs.
Replacing Arland Benn – Not so easy!
Our wonderful Walnut volunteer, Arland Benn, has chosen to step down from his role preparing the Walnut for mailing. We need a replacement – sooner than soon!
Here’s a summary of the role:
Summer’s been great.
We’ve had such a time.
We’ve read and relaxed
But my hamstring’s not fine.
Still, we forge on
As physio fixes
The back of my front
Where that muscle affixes.
But here’s some new stuff
Our reporters have found
‘Bout prostates and cancers,
The news just abounds.
What a front page!
What an issue! Probably
the best we’ve seen in
an entire month.
This just in. Our editorial board – yes, him - has decided to continue NOT to sell The Walnut wherever walnuts are sold. The announcement has made shares in this terrific publication jump 0.00465 points on the TSE. And why not?
This issue, like its predecessors, has a little something for everyone. Read on.
THE NEXT MONTHLY MEETING WILL BE ON THURS., APRIL 24!!! SO, PLEASE, DO NOT SHOW UP FOR OUR MONTHLY MEETING ON APRIL 17!!! NO SERIOUSLY, DON’T DO IT! WE WON’T BE THERE. WELL, SOMEONE WILL BE, BUT IT WON’T BE US.
THE CHURCH NEEDS THE ROOM AND SO OUR MEETING WILL BE A WEEK LATER, ON THURS., APRIL 24.
(THIS HAS BEEN WRITTEN IN ANNOYING CAPS BECAUSE OUR EDITOR FORGOT TO TURN OFF THE CAPS LOCK. ANYWAY, DID WE GET YOUR ATTENTION?)
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.
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.
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!
Want to know about our new fearless leaders? See The Back Page.
Want to know why men should hold onto their hair? See page 3.
Want to know why the hardest part of doing nothing is knowing when you’re through?
So do we
Cracking Open This Walnut
Zowie! We’re under new management! The biggest change will be in how we’re going to help the newly diagnosed prostate cancer patient. (Details on page 2.)
Meanwhile, our illustrious new leaders (see banner on page 2) seek secretarial help (Page 4).
And finally, to learn the secrets of regularly winning small amounts in the lottery, )Visit page 13.)
Welcome to 2015! Here’s to you and yours for a happy and healthy new year!
Sex and Relationships
Sex and Relationships
Prostate cancer and its treatment can affect your sex life in three ways: your mind, body and relationships.
In this issue, we describe the kinds of treatment and support that is available, and ways for you to work through any problems.
Glenn Kletke, official Walnut Laureate, has created poems reflecting the events and places he has encountered on his prostate cancer journey.
Each portion of his journey is a theme. His poems are for everyone — but especially anyone who has shared the same “blurred road” called Prostate Cancer.
Get involved with PCCN Ottawa.
Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa is 100% volunteer-run.
Help promote prostate cancer awareness
Prostate Cancer Canada Network Ottawa provides speakers, professionally designed display units and accompanying literature for use at health fairs, sporting events, in shopping malls…any place people gather.
Contact us for more information on hosting an awareness event!
You can help protect men and their families from prostate cancer.