Men’s Health Matters: October Recap

On my testicular cancer and men’s health awareness website, A Ballsy Sense of Tumor, it’s been quite a busy October. Today, I’m giving you bite-sized summaries of what’s been happening over the past month. Hopefully, these will inspire you (and men everywhere) to be more… on the ball.

In late September and early October, I had a great opportunity to sit on two panels at two separate cancer conferences. In the first, I was a panelist on “Surviving and Thriving with Cancer” at the second annual DC Metro Young Adult Cancer Conference. I was joined by three other individuals impacted by cancer.

The following weekend, I was the moderator for a virtual panel as part of Gryt Health’s first annual Global Virtual Cancer Con. I led a panel entitled “Brothers in Battle: Breaking Down Stigmas Around Men’s Health and Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health.” I led a panel entitled “Brothers in Battle: Breaking Down Stigmas Around Men’s Health and Cancer’s Impact on Mental Health.” Like a cancer-fighting Nick Fury, I assembled a team, consisting of Kyle Smith from CHECK 15, Rick Davis of AnCan, John Falk, and Truitt Taylor of the One Percent Podcast. Between the four of them, they represented the testicular, prostate, male breast, and colon cancer communities.

Although the participants, topics, and formats varied between the two weekends, there were many similarities between them. Check out the full recap here.

While those conferences were based in the nation’s capital and my home office, respectively, the next post was written down in South Africa. Torsten Koehler, a former teacher, was diagnosed with testicular cancer when he was 30 in 1995. After overcoming the disease, he decided to form an organization to help educate young men in South Africa.

In his words, “My goal is to raise awareness of testicular cancer by educating communities about the ‘rarely spoken about’ cancer. It often remains undetected in young adults due to the diverse society in South Africa, where cultural taboos, stigmas and lack of knowledge about the subject is rife.”

Learn more about his foundation, humorously titled “Love Your Nuts,” here.

Finally, at the end of the month, we took a moment to reflect and remember Lefty, my former left testicle. Three years ago, he was taken far too soon after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 25. He is survived by his brother, Righty, and his father, Justin.

Read the heart-wrenching eulogy here.

That wraps up October’s recap of A Ballsy Sense of Tumor. Stay tuned for November’s edition! Until next time, Carpe Scrotiem.

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