Mahina Young found his game, and the next step of his life, by moonlight in his living room.
By Kris Fay
Prostate cancer is one of the deadliest cancers a man can be diagnosed with, and about one in six will develop it. Typically found in men 55 and older, Portland resident Mahina Young found out he had prostate cancer in 2008. He was just 49 at the time.
For Young, his diagnosis was a fluke. What his doctor thought was a simple infection turned out to be an aggressive form of the cancerthat had already spread outside his prostate. In most cases, the Stage Four diagnosis would have been a death sentence, but not for Young.
"The doctor gave me all the news and told me the options. That was in August of 2008," said Young. "I told him I was always up for a challenge and that we should get going with it." And "it" was a long process. In the months following his diagnosis, Young went through prostate surgery, eight weeks of aggressive radiation treatments and continuing hormone injections.