It doesn’t even look like me…

The bearded-folk prefer the term “beardless” over “clean shaven.” I’d argue, “cold” is more fitting.

I have been using my trusty Gillette Mach 3 disposable razor for the past year and today used it for the last time before its Viking-style burial ceremony in the bathtub. It is an honor of the highest order to shave this face.

Tiny Dave!!!

I almost wasn’t going to do it. Shaving my beard is not something I take likely, but it was a needed sacrifice to illustrate the passion I have for Movember.

Late one night in October I was sifting through messages I had received that day and saw I had been contacted by an old friend and professor of mine. His story was not unique. In fact, it was all too common; cancer had claimed a loved one.

In the grand scheme of things, cancer is usually a disease of aging. Unfortunately, so many people fail to do the routine health maintenance that can prevent cancer before it can start or cure it when it is diagnosed and treated early.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to talk with “Doc” about healthy living. I don’t know if there’s a finer compliment than being asked for information or advice. He wanted information on my experiences with participating in Movember (this will be my sixth year).

I explained the reason Movember is worthwhile is it gives men the excuse to talk about their health. For one reason or another, talking about health isn’t something that comes naturally for men. Here are four things killing men too soon:

  • Testicular Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Physical inactivity

Raising the awareness of these conditions is a powerful way to address them before they can get out of control and create an environment for disease to thrive. All it takes is a little discussion. That’s what Movember is all about; we talk about health issues and raise money for community resources and scientific research for the treatment of common diseases that affect men.

Get ready to Mo’!

-Nurse David

Donations to the Movember Foundation can be made here.