Grit Story: Rory P. from Jamestown, NY


In the spring, I was diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer. My doctor agreed on hormone therapy and radiation. However, in June I was diagnosed with aggressive bladder cancer, which put prostate treatments on hold. I had surgery to remove the bladder cancer, but a low-grade UTI put further bladder treatment on hold. Currently waiting for these issues to clear up so they can treat the bladder to stop a return of the cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation does key work to defeat cancer. The Foundation may be John Wayne’s greatest legacy.

A nurse told me I need a cancer hero. I instantly said John Wayne is my cancer hero because he fought bravely and faced the Big C. She said he lived much longer than was expected. He inspired me to fight and keep fighting like he did.

3 replies added

  1. Tony August 21, 2016 Reply

    Fight on Rory and don’t ever give up! You got this

  2. Billylee August 21, 2016 Reply

    15 yr survivor
    Form of colan cancer

  3. Cathy August 22, 2016 Reply

    Hang in there kid, stage 3 uterine cancer and I am still here and kickin’! Peace to you from me. Need to talk…let me know via.

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