G'day, Dave* here.

I've been busy sharing some of my experiences with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH), and so far, I think it's going pretty well. Today I want to talk a bit about more than just my experience... I want to give you the story of how BPH was affecting my mates and coworkers.

Any of you enjoy a good game of golf with your mates? I just got back from a round, and let me tell you, there's nothing like it. The fresh air, the scenery, the laughs... it's just a great way to spend a sunny day. Even better, for the first time in a while, I only had to disappear once to the clubhouse for a toilet break during the whole 18 holes. If only my golf game had improved as much as my BPH!

It's times like this that make me think about how much I was missing out on before. When my symptoms started, I didn't really think about how much they were interrupting my life. I mean, sure, I had to go to the loo more often, but it was hardly a big deal. I felt like I was in control.

But to my mates, they were often having to pause a game to wait for me. Not to mention the meetings, movies and conversations I was constantly interrupting. Basically, I was forcing other people to deal with my issue because I didn't want to. I might not have realised it at the time, but it was really putting a strain on those relationships.

Thanks to my GP, I'm not an interruption anymore. I'm more present at home, at work, and even on the green (when I manage to hit the ball, anyway). I mean, it's great that I'm more comfortable but mostly I'm glad that the awkward moments of leaving meetings and keeping my mates waiting are over.

If you are in a similar position to me and can identify with what I have described above, make an appointment with your doctor - you won't regret it.

*This is a fictitious patient based on real patient accounts of their experience with BPH

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