Friday, April 29, 2016

Everything You NEVER Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction & Penile Implants Press Release

Here's the press release I'm considering for our new book which will be released this summer. Comments are welcome.
Uplifting New Book Shares How You Can Get Take Back What Erectile Dysfunction Takes Away – A Life-Changing Story of a Couple’s Journey With Impotence & Penile Implant Surgery.

Written by award winning authors, Richard and Brenda Redner, ‘Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction & Penile Implants’ reaches out to the thirty-million American men suffering from Erectile Dysfunction, with a heartfelt message that romance and sexual fulfillment is still possible. Rick thought he’d lost it all after treatment for prostate cancer left him impotent, but thanks to penile implant surgery, the Redners now enjoy a life of passion and satisfaction that exceeded their hope and expectations. It’s a story that can easily become yours if you are coping with erectile dysfunction.

For Immediate Release

Modesto, CA –  Rick Redner was one of the thirty-million U.S. men who suffered with a medical condition that robbed him of his manhood, left him seriously depressed, and caused him to believe his wife would be better off without him. 
In a compelling and potentially life-changing new book, ‘Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction & Penile Implants’ is a rarely told and unique story that could help millions of men find an effective form of treatment to restore their erectile functioning, lost manhood, and sex life. 
After Rick was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer, he and his wife struggled as they adjusted to a four-year journey coping with erectile dysfunction. After exhausting all forms of treatment, Rick was told he’d be impotent for the rest of his life. Unwilling to live with that loss, Rick made a decision to undergo penile implant surgery. As a couple, Rick & Brenda candidly share their journey before and after implant surgery. They share their victories, defeats, and the life-changing lessons they learned along the way. They guide men and couples through depression, grief, and the relational conflicts that typically occur when couples find themselves coping with erectile dysfunction.

After reading their story you’ll know how to overcome the various roadblocks, which prevent men and couples from developing a satisfying relational and sex life. You’ll learn how you can end the silence, sadness, suffering, and shame associated with erectile dysfunction. 
Unfortunately, most men coping with erectile dysfunction are not informed about the life changing option of a penile implant. Rick & Brenda take you from the hospital and into their bedroom in order for you to know the intimate details of how this surgery will change your emotional, psychological, relational, and sexual life. You’ll discover how romance and sexual fulfillment are possible with or without a penile implant.
While there are many effective treatment options available to restore erectile functioning, unfortunately, what you don’t know can hurt you. Rick decided to write this book after receiving a letter from a widow whose husband was cured of prostate cancer. Tragically, rather than live the rest of his life impotent, he committed suicide. Rick was convinced he died unnecessarily and unaware of the possibility of penile implant surgery. 
Rick and Brenda want to spread the word that penile implants have the highest user and partner satisfaction rates of all the treatment options available for erectile dysfunction. It is within the realm of possibility to get back what you thought was lost forever. 
Rick says “Erectile dysfunction is a thief. In a relatively short period of time living with ED, all of your previously exciting erection-producing triggers elicit painful emotions, such as disappointment, frustration, anger, and shame. In order to protect themselves from experiencing these powerfully unpleasant feelings, men will actively avoid any actions or behaviors that are associated with their previously exciting sexual triggers. That’s one of the reasons why most men withdraw from all forms of physical affection. Holding hands, backrubs, kissing each other, and all other forms of affection, become bitter reminders of what’s lost.”
As Brenda reflects on the changes brought about by penile surgery she says: “Our sexual relationship has blossomed to a point beyond what we could have ever imagined. Creatively we have grown to love and cherish each other more than ever.”
One year after surgery, Rick and Brenda are having the time of their lives. After their first romantic vacation of 2016, Rick said “Unlike many of our romantic vacations before my implant surgery, a few nasty vacation crashers did not join us on our get-away. My vacation crasher named worry can no longer rob me of my joy. Two other vacation crashers, disappointment and failure, can no longer mess with my confidence or manhood. They’re all banished from my vacations, my bedroom, and my life.” 
If erectile dysfunction has stolen your manhood, caused an increase in tension, fighting or loneliness in your relationship, or caused you to believe you have nothing to offer, you’ll want to read the inspiring journey Rick & Brenda share with you in their newly released book ‘Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Erectile Dysfunction & Penile Implants’ 
For more news and information, visit their website at:
About the Authors: 
Rick Redner received his Masters Degree in Social Work from Michigan State University. He has experience working as a medical and psychiatric social worker.

Brenda Redner received her RN/BSN at Michigan State University. She has experience in oncology, home health nursing, psychiatric nursing, and teaching. She’s home-schooled each of their four children.

Rick & Brenda are the authors of the awarding winning book I Left My Prostate in San Francisco-Where’s Yours?

Contact: Richard Redner & Brenda Redner / / 209-345-3278

Monday, April 11, 2016

PSA Testing Anxiety

The Prostate Specific Antigen test commonly referred to as the PSA test, measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. Usually men with rising levels of PSA are asked to take a prostate biopsy. It's after the biopsy results are in that men are given the news whether or not they have prostate cancer. 

Once a man is diagnosed with prostate cancer, a yearly PSA test is usually required at least once a year for the rest of the his life. I don't know how many men go off the grid and skip their yearly testing. I do know this, I wanted to be and would have become one of the men who go off the grid and skip out on their yearly testing. I suspect doing this gives you the false confidence that your cancer will not return, To willingly take a PSA every year means you believe in the possibility of that your cancer could return. 

Even though I wanted to go off the grid, I couldn't. I'd been given a warning I found impossible to ignore. Though it happened many years ago, it's an incident I''ll never forget. A dear friend of mine was diagnosed with kidney cancer. They removed the cancerous kidney and he resumed his normal living. For the next few years he lived his life believing he was cured of cancer. No one told him to come in for yearly tests so he lived off the grid.

One day he developed severe back pain. He went to his doctor. He was placed on physical therapy. He went to PT for months without having any relief in his pain. Eventually he developed a severe case of night sweats. Once again he went for a physical exam.  His physician decided to run tests to determine whether or not his cancer returned.

Unfortunately for him, the return of his cancer went undetected for many years. By the time they discovered his cancer, it had spread so far he was given a few months to live. Within four months he died from cancer. I was furious. For years no one asked him to follow up or be checked for the return of cancer. When he suffered from back pain, he was wrongly prescribed physical therapy. He was near death before his doctors discovered his cancer returned.

There was a lesson in this for me and I burned it into my mind. The lesson was this: If I'm ever diagnosed with any form of cancer, I cannot go off the grid. I understood I could lose my life unnecessarily, by going off the grid, so  I made a promise to myself  if  I ever receive a diagnosis of cancer I would get regular checks whether or not they were recommended by my physician. I was sad and angry that my friend lost his life to cancer because no one told him to get checked on a regular basis. Perhaps he'd be alive today if the return of his cancer was discovered early on.

When I was first diagnosed with prostate cancer, without any effort on my part this lesson jumped of the file in my mind and read like a huge banner which said: YOUR LIFE DEPENDS UPON YOU NEVER GOING OFF THE GRID!

Within three years I was treating this like old New Years resolution. My wife would say it's time for your PSA test and I respond with the following question: "Would you mind if I skipped the test this year?" I don't know why I bothered asking, I knew the answer would be "NO!"

I had to ask myself a serious question. Why on earth would I want to avoid a test that could save my life?  I was surprised by the answer. Taking a PSA test year after year is a powerful and unpleasant reminder that our cancer could come back at any time. You'll never receive an all clear. The danger is never over.

 I don't like to be reminded my cancer could return. Six years after surgery, I'd like to believe I've beat prostate cancer once and for all and there's no possibility cancer will return. As I go for my next test, which is sometime next week, I'll have to wait with unpleasant uncertainty which could easily escalate to anxiety, until I receive the test results. During the entire time of waiting the following question will come to my mind MANY times a day: "Will this be the year prostate cancer returns?"

No matter what the results are, I'm grateful for the time I've spent cancer free. If I end up fighting disease once again at least I'll know early on, before it has an opportunity to spread. I remain one of the fortunate men diagnosed with prostate cancer. Early detection is an undeniable blessing both at the time of diagnosis, and in the time following treatment. So like it or not, I'll be getting my PSA tested year after year, for the rest of my life. If you have prostate cancer I hope you'll make the same commitment.

 Rick Redner and his wife Brenda are the author of I Left My Prostate In San Francisco-Where's Yours?

Rick has written more than one hundred blogs about prostate cancer.
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