I am speechless. He was my favorite artist for more than 30 years.
This is the very photo that has served as my computer screensaver since I have had a computer.
When Dan was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2004, he posted a message to his web site that, naturally, sought to help others. On the day of his death, it seems appropriate to share the artist’s own words with all of you. Men, please take it to heart. Women, if you care about any men, encourage them to get tested before it’s too late.
To each and every man….
I cannot encourage you strongly enough to get a DRE (Digital Rectal Exam) and a PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) test EVERY YEAR.The medical community suggests this for men over 50, but men with a family history of prostate cancer should start getting tested at age 40.The PSA test is a simple blood test…it only takes a minute or two. The DRE, okay, every man squirms at the thought of this exam, but hey, it too takes only a minute or two, and IT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.
Prostate cancer can be very slow growing or very aggressive, but detected early while it is still confined to the prostate gland, it can usually be treated and cured successfully.
Once it spreads beyond the prostate it is called Advanced Prostate Cancer (PCa). At this point it becomes imminently more life threatening and harder to treat. Do yourself and your loved ones a huge favor and GET CHECKED REGULARLY. I promise you, you DON’T want to go through what I’m going through if you can avoid it.
Education and awareness are key, I urge you to follow the link below to the Prostate Cancer Foundation web site and read up on how best to protect yourself and reduce your likelihood of contracting this terrible disease.”
Follow the link. Get informed and get tested. Remember, if Dan Fogelberg had been aware of his illness earlier — his diagnosis didn’t come until he was advanced stage — perhaps this day would be different.
But life is what it is. Let us remember all the good, recall and benefit from the lessons learned, and move ever on into the future, taking up Dan’s song and becoming voices for peace.