I have been pondering for the past few days whether or not to take part in Movember.
There are lots of reasons why I should:
My father was diagnosed with prostrate cancer a few years ago. Fortuately, he had the awareness to know that something was not quite right, the courage to seek medical advice and then the positivity to go through the treatment, fight the disease and come out the other side. This obviously also increases my personal risk of having the same condition and also that of my male offspring.
Also, there are members of my immediate and extended family that are battling or recovering from other forms of cancer, and Movember could be another way of showing them some solidarity and to remind them that my love and strength are with them in these difficult times.
I will also try to raise some money as part of this venture, that will hopefully be used to research and treat prostate and testicular cancer. I will pledge to match any donations I receive to the amount of £30, but rather than add that to my total, I will share it amongst other friends who I am aware are also taking part.
I am also hoping to raise my own awareness against cancer, its research and its treatment. The reason for this is I am sceptical why there are so many cancer charities, as it concerns me that there could be duplication of effort that could be avoided with increased collaboration.
Also there are huge amounts of charitable donations that assist in research, but it appears when a new wonder drug appears the manufacturers, who must have benefited from these donations, put such a high price tag on it that it risks not being approved by the NHS or private insurance companies. Surely, this cannot be right.
I will strive to get these answers during Movember.
So rather than ask myself why? I should be asking why not? After all, I have seen many friends on Facebook and Twitter taking part in extreme feats of fitness and stamina in the name of charity… so if all I have to do is abstain from shaving my upper lip for a month, with the occasional pruning of what I hope will be a pretty distinguished tache, then let’s go for it. it may result in a few funny looks and the odd jibe, but if it achieves a little of the above then it will be worthwhile.
I shaved yesterday to kick this off, and I have added a photo here as a ‘before’ shot… and a potential after shot..
You can support my cause via my mo space