GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Randy Shaver sat down one-on-one with Jana Shortal to talk about his cancer diagnosis.
Jana: What made you tell the world last night on Facebook?
Randy: If I am going to be honest with myself, if I am going to be a person who talks about helping people who are going through the struggle. If I am going to be that person, I can’t hide behind this, I can’t do that, I can’t be that person. I want to be out front. Tell people it’s going to be OK.
ON THE ROAD AHEAD:
“I know my road ahead, there are things that are going to be happening with me, that will keep me off air for an amount of time and I don’t want people to guess as to what it is.”
ON THE DIAGNOSIS, THIS TIME:
“I was diagnosed yesterday (Monday).”
“They found a tumor on my prostate. And it’s something that is serious and it’s something that has to get taken care of as soon as they can do it. Had I waited, had I procrastinated, which a lot of people do and I am in that group to some extent, the outcome may not be as good as the prognosis is for me.”
ON HOW HE FEELS ABOUT THIS DIAGNOSIS:
“I’m angry and I’m frustrated, I’m upset, I’m emotional about it, but it has to get done and I have to do it and at some point I will wrap my head around it. I haven’t yet and it may take me a while.”
HIS MESSAGE FOR ALL:
“If there anything that comes out of my situation that is positive I hope that there are men out there that say you know what, jeez, I need to go get my physical, I need to be more proactive for me because who knows what lies ahead.”