should be able to relate to.
Here’s the thing about prostate cancer. If you’re 50 you should be getting checked.
If you have a family history of it you should be getting checked from 40 onwards.
Think you’re exempt because you’re in good physical condition? Think again.
Look at Smith. As recently as a few months ago he was getting stuck in at All Blacks training, showing tackle technique to 20-somethings weighing more than 100 kilograms. He’s fit.
But this is not a scare story, it’s a good news story, because there is another detail that needs to be included.
On the day before Smith gave the interview to colleague Phil Gifford he was planning to take the grandkids to the zoo.
In the wake of Smith’s allclear, the poignancy of that simple act is striking.
There will be now be a lot more visits to the zoo with the grandkids because of Smith’s early diagnosis and treatment.
Of all the clever things that Smith has done during a long and brilliant career, looking after his health is the smartest.
So be like Smithy and get checked – you may never coach the All Blacks but you can still be a hero to your family.