OK, so today is the last day of Movember and tomorrow morning I get to shave the 37 whiskers I grew on my face to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health issues. Thanks to designing daddy, electradaddy, kelove, and nikkidoughnuts for their generous donations! And thanks to everyone else for humoring me while I spent a month looking like a Chinky catfish.
Yesterday, my global CEO told me that I was as good at growing a mustache as my worldwide colleague was at growing a beard, which is to say not very. And someone in the finance department said that her team was commenting on the fact that I had the saddest-looking mustache on my office MoBros team. But no matter. Here’s why I played along this year…
You know when you get your annual physical and your doctor asks you about your family medical history? Well, for most of my adult life, I’ve told my doctor that my family medical history includes no cancers of any kind. And my doctor would tell me, “You’re one of the lucky ones.”
But a funny thing happened a few years ago. My dad had a medical issue that looked like cancer. When I asked him how that could happen, since we had no previous medical history of cancer in our family, my dad said, “Oh, we have a whole line of line of cancers in our family, especially in men.”
First, WTF!?! I think it would be useful to know that critical piece of information. And second, Double WTF!?! I now need to approach my own medical care through an entirely different lens.
I’ve always just assumed that cancer was something that happened to other people. And while I’ve always been deeply sympathetic, it’s entirely different when cancer hits you personally. So I’ve been participating in Movember for selfish reasons. Because maybe one day I may have to deal directly with cancer myself. Because maybe my son may have to deal with cancer, too. And I hope that if that day ever comes, there’s financial support and awareness to fight cancers that affect men, and we will kick cancer in the ass.
So that’s why I looked like a silly Chinky all monthlong. There’s still time to donate to the cause: http://mobro.co/lazydad