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The Meaning of Support When It Comes to Cancer

Posted on May 22, 2017, 9:30 AM

When Los Angeles Kings Program Operator Kyle Lucas walked into work a day after being diagnosed with Stage-1 prostate cancer, he was still processing the news. The idea of saying the words, “I have cancer” out loud was scary, and he was unsure if he was ready to tell his co-workers. Kyle prayed for a sign. What he got were thousands of them.

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His journey with cancer began with routine blood work.  “I’ve always been pretty healthy,” Kyle says. “Staying proactive about my health is a big priority for me.” The blood work showed slightly elevated PSA levels, and Kyle went to a urologist for further testing. After a digital prostate exam had shown no visible signs of cancer, the doctor suggested a biopsy just in case. Kyle agreed. The biopsy determined that Kyle had Stage-1 prostate cancer.

There were no symptoms and no visible signs of cancer before Kyle’s diagnosis. He says the silver lining is that his doctors caught it early.  He had options for treatment and time to think about them. “I had kids later in life, and I want to be around for them,” Kyle remarks. “An early stage diagnosis gives us time to figure out what kind of treatment will work best for me.” Still, it was a lot to process. Being a spiritual person, Kyle prayed for guidance. “I wasn’t sure how to tell people or what their reactions would be.”

And so, on the day after receiving his diagnosis, as Kyle entered Staples Center in Los Angeles, he learned that there would be a Stand Up To Cancer placard moment during the LA Kings hockey game that evening. He walked into the stadium and saw SU2C placards placed on every chair. Having been a part of the Kings family for more than 12 years, he knew he should share the news with everyone that night.

At the pre-game staff meeting, Kyle told everyone about his diagnosis. The support he received was incredible. His co-workers surrounded him with hugs, tears, and words of encouragement. During that evening’s SU2C placard moment, Kyle looked around to see each of his co-workers standing with a placard, dedicated to him. “The overwhelming support blew me away,” said Kyle.  “It made me feel good, even when dealing with something as uncertain as cancer.”

Today, Kyle is carefully weighing his options as to how he will address his cancer. He is grateful he has the time to do this. One thing is certain; Kyle is determined to beat it. He hopes that sharing his story will encourage others to be proactive about their health. He also hopes that anyone facing cancer knows they are not alone. “Hearing you have cancer is devastating, but you are never alone, there is support out there even in the most unexpected places.”

Staying on top of your health is one of the most important decisions you can make. An early diagnosis can often help save a life. SU2C is proud to team up with Rally Health to help remind you and your loved ones of the importance of preventative screenings. Stand up for your health and take the pledge to learn about which cancer screenings may be right for you.

We at SU2C thank Kyle for sharing his story and our friends at the Los Angeles Kings for continuing to stand up with us. Support from loved ones can mean the world to someone facing cancer. Create a tribute placard that you can share in support of someone you love here.

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