JACK'S STORY

March 10, 2020

I am a 79 year old male with full blown, stage four prostate cancer. I was diagnosed September 2017. My medication is working. The cancer is currently dormant. I have absolutely no pain or physical discomfort. But there is an emotional side to my story. Many people with cancer suffer from depression and I’m no different. I had three episodes of depression since my diagnosis and the severity ranged from moderate to severe.

The reason I am telling my story is to highlight how critical it is to be physically and emotionally fit. I have come to the conclusion that if I work out long enough my endorphins will kick in and they will become my guardian and not allow depression to take hold. I know myself and I know my body and I can tell you as long as I come to the Y I will not be or get depressed. The Y is a potent and wonderful weapon. I can’t begin to tell you how wonderful I feel after a workout. I am able to conquer the mental demons of depression if I get to the Y just a couple times a week. Even though I have stage four cancer I consider myself healthy. I will not give up, and my age is no concern. I do not consider myself old. I have a lot of good things going on in my life and consider myself a lucky guy. My wife Marilyn is my biggest cheerleader. Life is good.

Jack Terchek

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