My name is Robert Hess and I became a prostate cancer survivor in December 2002, just shortly after my sister was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She died just a few months later after a 12-month fight with her cancer.
Just like every cancer survivor, I went through a very emotional period between my diagnosis, treatment, and then the first few years of my cancer survivor journey. I’ll talk more in detail about that later.
Two years later, I decided to do something to reduce the annual 29,000 man prostate cancer death toll. That something turned out to be The Prostate Cancer Awareness Project, formed in 2006, my first 501 (c)(3) non-profit. I spent the next 10 years talking with men about the need for testing and early detection.
In 2013, I created a simple online early detection tool using the readily available PSA (prostate specific antigen) test. Not perfect, but still the best and most affordable test we have. ProstateTracker and available to men – and their significant others – free on the Internet at ProstateTrackerApp.com.
I reach guys through my bicycling program and, more recently, my autocross program with my Mazda MX-5.
In 2016, the Prostate Cancer Awareness Project was rolled into a new non-profit, The Cancer Journeys Foundation, with the mission of helping all cancer survivors
I’m going to use this website to chronicle my personal cancer journey. To show what I’ve done right and the mistakes I’ve made over the past decade+.
I hope to connect with other cancer survivors who, like myself, believe in helping those that will follow in our shoes to find their cancer early, when those cancers are most treatable, and provide the inspiration and guidance cancer survivors need to have the best possible quality of live as they move forward in their journeys.
Welcome to Cancer Journey Diaries. I hope you will find useful information, a place to share your experiences, and a community committed to saving lives.
The Accidental Cancer Survivor
Class of 2004
No one wants to get cancer. I know I didn’t. But another American receives a cancer diagnosis every 19 seconds.
As of 2017, there are more than 15 million cancer survivors living in the United States and virtually every family has been touched by cancer.
How we live – what we eat and what we do – could prevent one third of all cancers. That’s a huge number!
So this website is my record of my personal journey and what I’ve done to keep myself going.
Follow along and join with me in reducing cancer’s death toll.