A prostate cancer diagnosis can change your life in ways you’ve never foreseen. Even successful treatment brings with it a range of side effects, such as urinary incontinence. When Brad received his diagnosis he had no idea what was ahead – here he shares his story to help pave the way for other men...
“Finding Confitex was a huge stepping stone during my battle with prostate cancer.
“At 49, I was a healthy, active guy who hadn’t been to a doctor in 20 years. We got a new family doctor and he wanted to start with a physical check-up. In the process they found Stage 3 prostate cancer. Even though I had no symptoms at all and no idea anything was wrong, because the tumour was very aggressive, it was strongly suggested that I bypass radiation and go in for immediate surgery. It was a lot to deal with all of a sudden.
“UnfortunatelyI found the side effects introduced by the surgery difficult. Incontinence and erectile dysfunction were handed to me almost overnight. Having had no issues prior to surgery I went from a ‘normal’ 49-year-old (some would argue with that) to having to buy pants with big pockets so I could carry pads everywhere.Just walking the dog or leaving the house for any reason meant I had to have pockets full of spare pads and I was always checking on my ‘equipment’. People would tell meI was looking great, but I just wanted to crawl into a hole and hide.
“I started avoiding places where I might have to change. Forget about hockey or gym, where groups of people change in one big room. Going to friends’ houses where I might have to leave pads in their garbage can was awkward. A typical men’s washroom has stalls and toilets at one end, and a garbage can at the other end, down where all the ‘normal’ guys are drying their hands – not a place where you want to be changing and disposing of pads if you feel sensitive about these things.
“But after doing some research, I found Confitex. It’s probably difficult for anyone who hasn't been through it to understand, but it really is life-changing to have washable underwear that look normal from the outside – not to mention being much more environmentally friendly than pads or disposable underwear. Nobody can even tell you aren’t wearing normal underwear, and suddenly going to the gym or playing hockey didn’t leave me feeling ashamed and awkward. I can visit people again and not worry about leaving pads in their garbage cans.
“Having Confitex has allowed me to live a normal life. Thanks, I am a devoted customer!”
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