At age 56, Dan Fogleberg, singer of the hits “Leader of the Band” and “Same Old Lang Syne” died at his home in Maine – following an illness with prostate cancer.
“Dan left us this morning at 6 a.m. He fought a brave battle with cancer and died peacefully at home in Maine with his wife Jean at his side,” read a statement posted on the singer’s Website. “His strength, dignity and grace in the face of the daunting challenges of this disease were an inspiration to all who knew him.”
According to e-online, Fogleberg was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2004. An article in e-online states: “At the time of his cancer diagnosis, he was planning a fall tour, which he was subsequently forced to cancel. He later urged others to be tested regularly, writing on his Website, “I promise you, you DON’T want to go through what I’m going through if you can avoid it.”
As a survivor of prostate cancer and having watched my father-in-law die of that dreaded disease, I know the agony that Fogelberg experienced and share his feelings.
At 47, quite by accident, I was disgnosed with prostate cancer. Fortunately, mine was caught in its early stages and hence the prognosis was outstanding. Fogelberg was not so lucky. His cancer was detected in advanced stages at his age of 52. Likely, he had prostate cancer (like myself) at an earlier age – likely his 40’s.
Prostate cancer can go undetected for years before one experiences any signs – and when those signs appear the cancer my have spread to a point that it cannot be contained.
A WARNING TO MEN: In your early 40’s get a simple blood test (PSA test). While this may not be a fail safe it will do two things that might be life saving: (1) it will provide a base line for future tests to be compared against. If you levels remain relatively low you have some comfort in knowing that prostate cancer might not strike you and your family. (2) if, like me, you find that you have elevated levels, you have perhaps the time to determine if you, in fact, have prostate cancer.
As a professional speaker, I have had the opportunity to talk with many men about this dreaded disease and the prospects for recovery. While that is not my speaking topic, it certainly garners attention as most men would like to avoid this at all costs.
To answer the question – what treatment method did I use – I elected to have robotic surgery using the DaVinci system and the outcome was excellent. There have been no lasting side effects and my PSA remains at zero.
Back to Dan Fogelberg – his voice was silky and his music divine. We will miss him but appreciate the musical legacy he leaves behind. As a prostate cancer survivor, I will hear his music differently now – knowing that the leader of the band has died!
Comments about Fogelberg are welcome!