Peter will be visiting the UK in July to show his iconic motorcycle film “Take It To The Limit” in conjunction with a talk about his experiences with prostate cancer at four motorcycle dealers:
20th July - GT Motorcycles, 10-12 Elburton Rd, Plymouth, PL9 8JQ
My working life had been a great mixture of experiences in the entertainment industry as a rock and roll radio disc jockey, a documentary film maker and later a motorcycle stunt rider. In some ways I had managed to thread my way through some pretty amazing experiences and, except for one major motorcycle accident four years prior to my diagnosis, came through it all relatively unscathed. Or so I had thought. What I did not know at that time was the lifestyle I had been leading, coupled with some emotional baggage I had been carrying around for several decades, contributed greatly to the chance that I would at some point get a diagnosis of cancer.
My diet was typical Standard American Diet (SAD) consisting of boxed cereals hydrated with 2% milk, the usual fast food hamburgers, processed foods from the supermarket, frozen pizza, more alcohol than I should have been drinking and although not considered obese, I was thirty pounds over weight and exercise, other than what I was instructed to do as part of my rehabilitation from my motorcycle accident, was something other people did. One might have thought that if I had not been diagnosed with a cancer, I might well have keeled over with a heart attack. To a large extent my diagnosis was a wake-up call in so many ways. One for which to this day I am very grateful, because the alternative might have been to check out permanently and a lot earlier than I would have wished.
Equally important, in terms of the choices I had for my future was the situation brought about by the American Health Insurance system. It was a working (or lack of working) circumstance that placed me to where my health insurance was about to expire. Suddenly I was facing a cancer diagnosis and without insurance to pay for conventional treatments (surgery, radiation etc.). As shocking as it was at the time, and certainly it filled my time with unneeded anxiety, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise and caused me to have to rapidly look at what alternatives were available for me.
“Surviving Prostate Cancer without Surgery, Drugs or Radiation,” was the result of all that effort. At that time it was the most comprehensive production of its kind and still provides a very unique education for men and their partners about what I did in my own treatment and giving them confidence to not be intimidated by doctors, who, according to the author Richard Diaz, “are prisoners of their education and shackled by their profession.”