It started with an irritation in his groin area, and eventually led to a diagnosis that would change his life forever.
Country music star and Boyle County resident Eddie Montgomery lost his father to prostate cancer 17-years ago. Harold Montgomery died at age 52.
Eddie says he grew up poor, and they didn't go to the doctor unless they really had to.
Even though his dad died of prostate cancer, Eddie never thought he could be next. He thought the irritation he felt when he was performing on stage was a bone spur or maybe even a bone fracture.
Then last Fall, he was with his son during a doctor's exam, when Eddie told the doctor about the pain. The doctor did an x-ray, and told Eddie to get himself to a urologist immediately.
A biopsy showed Eddie had prostate cancer. Eddie said a million things went through his mind. He couldn't believe it. "Not me, no way," said Eddie during an interview in Harrodsburg at his restaurant.
At the time, Eddie was on tour with Montgomery Gentry, and he tried to keep it quiet. Word got out, and he had to tell his four children about his cancer. He felt immense pressure.
Eddie says he had to think of his children, his musical partner Troy Lee Gentry, his tour crew of thirty people, his fans, and all the staff at his restaurant.
Because of his dad's death, Eddie quickly chose surgery with Dr. Thomas Slabaugh, Jr. at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.
A month after surgery he returned to the stage. He says he was "terrified" about that first show. One of the side effects of removing the prostate is losing bladder control. Eddie was worried he might embarrass himself on stage. It turns out he was fine.
The best news came right after surgery when the doctor told Eddie's family it looked like they had removed all the cancer. Eddie says he wants to spread the message to all men to get checked, and don't be afraid to see a doctor for an annual prostate exam.