Eric’s story: Be an advocate for your health

Author: Movember
   

I vividly remember getting the phone call. The exact words were, “unless we’re dealing with something really rare, you have testicular cancer.”

The next morning, I was on a table getting ready for surgery.

I didn’t even go to the doctor immediately when I started to feel pain. I didn’t think it was that serious – in fact, the thought that I might have cancer never crossed my mind. But here we are, six years later, and I am now a 2 times testicular cancer survivor.

I’m not sure why I didn’t go to the doctor right away. I think it really comes down to the macho nature of men not wanting to ask for help.

A lot of guys don’t want to admit they might have a problem, but by talking to others and being proactive about what’s going on, we can prevent so many men from dying too young.

When I became a Mo Bro – seven years ago, I found such incredible comradery in the Movember community, and I was able to have fun while doing good.

 

“I didn’t go to the doctor right away.
It really comes down to the macho nature of men.”

 

By participating in Movember, I hope to help educate other men on the health risks they face, and encourage them to advocate for their own health – whether it is physical, mental or emotional.

Be an advocate for your own health and start now.

Schedule a physical. Do monthly exams of your manhood. Don’t be embarrassed about seeing a therapist.

We can only be at our best at home or work if we are looking out for ourselves and each other.