In honor of Father’s Day this month, we want to focus on a story we believe is not shared enough; men get breast cancer, too, and it is important to highlight the need for men to know their bodies and get screened.
When Robert Henderson retired in 1993, his “to do” list was long. He wanted to travel. He wanted to dabble in woodwork. He wanted to play with his grandchildren. For 13 years, he checked things off his leisure list – until March 2006 when he felt a lump in his breast.
“I had breast cancer,” Robert recalled. “I knew it was rare for men to get this disease, but with a family history of cancer I wasn’t that surprised.”
After surgery to remove his left breast, Robert underwent three months of chemotherapy before he got the news that his cancer was in remission. With a sense of great relief, he went back to raising his great grandson, Dylan, over whom he has legal guardianship. Life seemed to be returning to normal.
But then the cancer reappeared. After another surgery and three more rounds of chemo, Robert continued his courageous fight – a battle he continues to this day.
“Life is full of challenges,” Robert said. “But I’m handling things OK. Maybe this is the way the Lord wanted things to work out.”
Meanwhile, he’s getting on with living and taking things day by day.