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“I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March of 1994. I survived, but since then, over 175,000 American men haven’t. The good news is that this war can be won with a combination of early detection, treatment and a commitment to ongoing research.” Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf

Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Mustaches to go…

Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Prostate Cancer cells…

Behind the Moustache: The Movember Story

The first time I read Bloggers for Movember, a post that Eric Robillard aka Le Clown of A Clown on Fire wrote as an invitation to the blogging community to join forces in raising awareness for prostate cancer and mental health issues, I was stoked. I jumped right in informing Le Clown that I was on-board, liked the Facebook page, and quickly added the banner to my blog. Then I read up on how the Movember movement started and was deeply impressed.

In case you don’t know, one auspicious day in Australia, Adam Garone, co-founder of Movember and a group of male friends “conceived the idea of raising awareness and funds to support men’s health and find a cure for prostate cancer.” In 2004, the first fundraising year, 450 guys raised $54,000 for the cause. By 2011, with social media exposure and increased participation, over 854,000 global participants donated, shared or  grew mustaches and raised $126.3 million USD. Is that magical thinking or what? This time, Le Clown would love us to add our voices and blog, share, grow a mustache, donate and help spread the word. Can you help? Read Le Clown’s 1st Movember post here.

“I appear at times merry and in good heart, talk, too, before others quite reasonably, and it looks as if I felt, too, God knows how well within my skin. Yet the soul maintains its deathly sleep and the heart bleeds from a thousand wounds.” Hugo Wolf

Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Depression. Painting At Eternity’s Gate by Vincent Van Gogh.

The Rules of Movember with Mo Sista Kelli

As I thought about what else to share, I realized that even though prostate cancer has not touched men I’ve met or known in my life, other forms of cancer and mental health issues have. Suicide has. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the 7th leading cause of death for males. When a dear friend commits suicide or falls into a deep depression after getting a cancer diagnosis, it is a mental health issue. When an untreated cough or pain in the groin is later diagnosed as stage IV cancer, it leads to a mental health crisis and much suffering. Cancer is an insidious disease so regular checkups and being attentive to health changes is imperative.

Cancer has also touched the lives of some of my female friends and family. Recently, a classmate and dear friend from my high school days, Remi Osholake, passed away from ovarian cancer. Her death was a painful reminder that more funding, research and methods of early detection are needed and that no one, male or female, even the healthiest amongst us, is immune. But we can do something about it. We can raise awareness, donate to the cause, and get the word out as a reminder to our friends, family and the world. Would you like to participate? Read Le Clown’s 2nd Movember post here.  More below!

“My silences had not protected me. Your silence will not protect you. But for every real word spoken, for every attempt I had ever made to speak those truths for which I am still seeking, I had made contact with other women while we examined the words to fit a world in which we all believed, bridging our differences.” Audre Lorde

Inspiration: The Movember Movement… Help Fight for a Cure…

As Audre suggests above, remaining silent about these topics won’t protect us. By speaking up, we begin the process of healing and helping others. Even as one person battles a cancer metastasis, our concern and catharsis can help save other lives and it might even save our own life. I know because it has helped me… If you wish to join the effort, it runs throughout this month. What can you do? Like the Facebook page; Write a post and email Le Clown a link to your post at clownonfire at gmail dot com; Grow a mustache and share it on the Facebook page; and/or Donate via credit card or your PayPal account. Remember: “Today we fight. Tomorrow we fight. The day after, we fight. And if this disease plans on whipping us, it better bring lunch, ’cause it’s gonna have a long day doing it.” Jim Beaver Thank You All!

What are your thoughts? Have you known someone with prostate/other forms of cancer or mental health issues? Are you planning to participate in Bloggers for Movember? How do you plan to spread the word? Do share! Thank you. 🙂

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! 🙂

Positive Motivation Tip: We can all make a difference in the fight against cancer and debilitating mental health issues. Act. Speak up. Donate!

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Prostate Cancer cells, DepressionCancer Metastasis, Movember Mustache, via Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

49 Comments leave one →
  1. parentsfriend permalink
    08/11/2012 12:23 pm

    As always, thank you. Pinned and tweeted from the pin.

    • 08/11/2012 5:08 pm

      Thank you for the feedback. This is an important issue and I’m grateful to participate in the movement. I will check out your pin soon.

  2. 08/11/2012 1:13 pm

    Reblogged this on The Wordy Photographer and commented:
    Reposting for all the men in my life.

    • 08/11/2012 5:09 pm

      Thank you so much Rita! I am touched by your gesture. 🙂

  3. 08/11/2012 3:56 pm


    • 08/11/2012 5:10 pm

      Indeed, double yes to fighting prostate/all cancers and mental health problems. TY Julie!

  4. 08/11/2012 4:11 pm

    You went above and beyond with this one. I am sharing this as we speak on our Bloggers for Movember Facebook page. Thank you for helping us raise awareness and supporting our efforts.
    Le Clown

    • 08/11/2012 5:12 pm

      Thank you Le Clown! I am grateful to be able to share this vital movement with others… and will visit the facebook page shortly. Thanks again for rallying the troops! 🙂

  5. 08/11/2012 5:01 pm

    Very informative post, Eliz!

    • 08/11/2012 5:12 pm

      Thank you Tracy and I’m glad I did it. Hope more of us will add a post and our voices.

      • 08/11/2012 6:11 pm

        You’re right. I watched a program the other night (can’t remember which one) and they were discussing this same topic. Way to go!

    • 09/11/2012 4:48 am

      Glad you enjoyed it…. Thankfully, with affordable health care, more people will be able to have access to care.

      • 09/11/2012 6:54 am

        Yes, that would good. I live in Canada, so I’m fortunate our health care system is pretty good.

      • 09/11/2012 7:03 am

        It is… I remember going to the hospital when I was in Toronto some years ago and the response time/treatment was great. 🙂

      • 09/11/2012 7:08 am

        You should’ve dropped in for a coffee! 🙂

      • 09/11/2012 7:15 am

        Next time, I’ll sound the alarm! 😆

      • 09/11/2012 7:24 am

        Sounds like a plan!
        Have a great day!

      • 09/11/2012 7:33 am

        Same and thank you! 🙂

  6. 08/11/2012 5:16 pm

    Reblogged this on mimickingourselves and commented:
    no comment needed.

  7. 08/11/2012 11:02 pm

    What a great idea it is.

    • 09/11/2012 4:50 am

      Isn’t it? I love the challenge of it, and learned a lot putting my post together. Thank you! 🙂

  8. 09/11/2012 7:18 am

    Promoting is the best way to spread awareness especially on such an important issue…I love your post, Le Clown’s and on a different angle, miro’s poetry:
    thank you, E!

    • 09/11/2012 7:32 am

      Thank you… It’s all for a good cause and I’m glad for it. 😉

  9. 09/11/2012 7:21 am

    Such an informative and detailed post. Love the quotes, photos, and videos. Thank you thank you thank you.

    • 09/11/2012 7:33 am

      Thank you too Becca! This has been a very positive experience for me too. 🙂

  10. 10/11/2012 3:53 am

    I do not think there is a person in this world who hasn’t been touched in some way by cancer: All the fingers on my hand represent the loved ones I have lost. Kudos to you and Le Clown for raising awareness.

    • 14/11/2012 11:24 pm

      Sorry about all your loved ones and thank you for adding your voice here Colline. Appreciated.

  11. 10/11/2012 9:30 am

    Awareness is all.

  12. 10/11/2012 8:18 pm

    There is much cancer in my family, including prostate cancer. Evil, wicked disease!!

    • 14/11/2012 11:32 pm

      It is indeed an evil diseases and that is why having access to information and being vigilant are important factors to keep in mind. TY!

  13. 12/11/2012 10:00 am

    Hmm, Elizabeth. This could not have been more timely as my father is battling the disease at his very moment.

    • 14/11/2012 1:31 pm

      Dear One Ce! Sending your dad healing light and love… I just caught the comment about your dad and sending you love and prayers… May God’s merciful grace and healing blessings fall on his shoulders… Thinking of you! Praying for a miraculous healing. {{{Healing Hugs}}}

  14. 12/11/2012 11:41 am

    you seem to be there for all causes and people…
    how do you do it!…good work…mkg

    • 14/11/2012 11:34 pm

      TY Marilyn! I do the best I can with this blog… So much going on in the world that calls our attention and so little time or space to respond to all of them. 😉

  15. 12/11/2012 4:31 pm

    Congratulations! I am also a Prostate Cancer survivor for three years now.

    • 14/11/2012 11:36 pm

      David, be blessed! TY for sharing this important information as a way to encourage others, and kudos to you!

  16. 13/11/2012 8:40 pm

    I did a double take on the name, thinking you’d made a mistake — November, instead of Movember. Thanks for sharing this information, Elizabeth.

    • 14/11/2012 11:37 pm

      TY for your comment Marcia… It is quite the original name for a great cause. 🙂

    • 17/11/2012 11:25 pm

      I had a similar reaction when I first saw it too… It’s a great cause and I appreciate your feedback. 😉

  17. 15/11/2012 6:08 am

    Kudos to you for your contribution towards raising awareness! You are a constant inspiration Eliz 🙂

    • 17/11/2012 11:32 pm

      TY Madhu! I appreciate the wonderful support and positive feedback you generously share. 🙂

  18. 16/11/2012 5:26 am

    Great post Eliz! I have seen the ravages of cancer in many dear ones. Awareness for regular check-ups is so so important. Thanks for sharing!

    • 17/11/2012 11:34 pm

      TY Deepa… Your wise words are much appreciated too. Sending hugs and love to all who have been touched by the disease.

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