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Men’s Health Matters: November Recap

November is known as No Shave November or Movember, depending on your tastes. It’s important to highlight the real reason for this month: to promote conversations about men’s health. On my testicular cancer and men’s health awareness website, A Ballsy Sense of Tumor, I spent the month focusing in on men’s mental health. 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.

I started off the month with a conversation with Justin. To be clear, I was not just talking to myself, though I am known to do that from time to time. Rather, I was speaking to Justin Peck, an off-road champion race car driver, Mental Health Advocate, and author of the memoir, “BULLETPROOF”. Justin and I met back in June at a mental health conference, and he inspired with his story of facing bipolar disorder.

Read the full interview here.

Next up, Steve Gavers shared his story of facing testicular cancer when he was 32 years old. What makes it such an intriguing article is that Steve was 32 in 1994… making his diagnosis over two decades old. After beating the disease, he decided to start a foundation to give back to the cancer community.

Learn more about Steve and the Gavers Community Cancer Foundation here.

While the first half of the month focused on other men, the final two posts focused on personal growth in me.

November marks three years since I began writing about balls and other men’s health topics. Each year, I like to look back at the previous year’s writings and choose my top ten posts. I also ranked some of my favorite pieces I’ve written here on the Good Men Project since joining as a columnist last year.

Check out both lists here.

If you’re a regular reader of my column and/or blog, you’re bound to get the vibe that I like humor. However, in the final post from November, I took a serious look at my mental health and how I’ve been helping to improve it over the past six months. Over the summer, I was rediagnosed as having PTSD versus depression. I’ve been working on a proactive approach, and I’m happy to say that things are looking up.

These five things have made a world of difference for me.

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

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