26 November 2013

Inspirational stories from some of those affected by men's cancers.

Why we Mo

We all Mo for a reason; for fun, as a dare, to try something new or to prove we can. For others, the reasons are much closer to home. Here are a few Mo Bros who have had their own experience with cancer and want to share their stories.

Tim Wybrow

Tim had already signed up to do Movember when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2012. He was undergoing chemotherapy to treat his cancer and couldn't physically grow a Mo. Instead, Tim drew on a different style of moustache each day for the month of Movember, giving his sponsors the right to decide exactly what style he should sport. He managed to rope in all his family, friends and colleagues and raise over £12,600 for prostate and testicular cancer and men's mental health charities. 

Check out Tim's Mo Space HERE.


Julian Thompson

Having been through testicular cancer twice, Julian decided it was time he joined the fight for men's health. In 1995, aged 21, he was diagnosed for the first time. He had the testicle removed and got on with his life, continuing his PhD in Engineering at university. Almost a decade later to the day, Julian found out he had a tumour in his remaining testicle. He was married and had a young family at the time, so there was a lot more at stake. Having gone through chemotherapy treatment he found recovery both physically and mentally draining. 

Check out Julian's Mo Space HERE.

Ben Reade

Originally from the home of Movember, Melbourne, had an incredibly quick 'diagnosis to surgery' turn around. Ben moved over to work in the UK with his partner and settled in to East London where he started working for a law firm in Broadgate. He remembers in March working 90 hours a week and eagerly awaiting a holiday. One late night at work, the week before he was due away, he was in the bathroom and noticed that his right testicle was larger than his left. He admits that being a typical male he hadn't considered going to the doctors to get it checked out, but luckily through work (a benefit to those 90 hour weeks!) there was a doctor on call and was able to book an appointment the next day. The doctor advised him to be scanned and Ben went to the radiologist a day later. On the Friday, he was told he had testicular cancer and that he would have to have his testicle removed. The doctor booked him in for the next Tuesday and in just a week he'd gone from seemingly completely healthy to having survived cancer.  
Check out Ben's Mo Space HERE.

Daniel Bell

Daniel was 21 when his girlfriend Elizabeth (who is now his wife) found a lump. His cousin who was 23 at the time was going through treatment for testicular cancer and Daniel didn't believe it could happen to both of them. The mass in Daniel's right testicle proved to be cancer. Three weeks later he underwent surgery to have it removed but the cancer had spread to his stomach and he has since undergone chemotherapy and surgery to remove cancerous nodes in his stomach. Daniel didn't learn until recently that losing a testicle as a baby increased his chances of getting cancer as an adult – he says he would have checked himself and perhaps the cancer wouldn't have spread if it had been caught earlier. He's growing a caterpillar mo this month in order to get men talking about their health.

Check out Daniel's Mo Space HERE.

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