‘Uncle’ Charlie Wilson was diagnosed with prostate cancer back in 2008, and the news changed his life forever. But with the support of his family, and his faith in God, he was able to pull through and today is cancer free, still bringing audiences to their feet and stronger than ever.
‘I was numb. Like so many people, the word “cancer” terrified me. The doctor said he had good and bad news. The bad news was that I had prostate cancer and the good news was that it was detected early and could be treated. My supportive family and my faith in God made facing the challenge easier,” Charlie Wilson said of getting the news.
Charlie said his family was positive from the outset:
My family was positive from the outset. Our faith is strong and prayer is our daily ritual. When I found out the number of African-American men who die from this disease because they don’t discuss it with their doctor, I knew I had to share my story. I became a spokesman for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and did workshops around the country. I still speak about prostate cancer at my concerts.
What Uncle Charlie has learned from this journey:
This journey has taught me that I am so blessed to have a wife and family who love and support me. It has also taught me that God has a path for all of us to travel and I hope by sharing my story I have made someone else’s journey a bit easier.
Uncle Charlie’s advice for men:
My advice is not only for Black men, but also for their wives, partners, sisters as well. Men don’t want to go to the doctor and they don’t want to have the prostate exam, so I ask the ladies to take control, similar to the way my wife took control, and insist the men in their lives have a prostate exam.