Waukesha County Executive back at work after cancer treatments

CREATED Jun 5, 2014

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WAUKESHA - Healthy, happy and back at work. Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas is done with cancer treatments. 

Vrakas is sharing his story in hopes of convincing men and women to get annual physicals. It's how he found out, early, he had prostate cancer.  
 
"You can get your wings clipped at any instance like this," said Vrakas. "I actually lost my older brother to cancer in 1980."
 
These days Vrakas is winning his battle against prostate cancer. He returned to his Country Executive Office on Monday after ten weeks of radiation treatment in San Diego.  
   
"I guess I don't consider myself a cancer patient. I'm marveling at the modern medicine that they shot in through my hips." 
 
During his 80 treatments, Vrakas stayed on top of his county executive duties thanks to mail, e-mails and modern technology like Skype.
 
"When I walked in and reported for duty Monday morning of this week, I wasn't buried I wasn't behind," said the 59-year old.
 
Since going public with his story, Vrakas has been encouraged when others tell him, "I talked my husband into going in and he's going to get his PSA checked and I told the doctor (in San Diego) and he said: 'you are going to save a life.'"
 
Vrakas says he feels good and continues to work and work out. He will continue to get check ups to make sure he is cancer free. Vrakas says he is very thankful for his staff and his family for helping him get through the last two months.