Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Know Your Balls

Know your balls? Bet you think I mean these:

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Nope, not those balls.

Oh, baseball. After all, it's April and everyone knows how much I do love those Red Sox

Not those balls either.

Let me give you a hint: In many parts of the country, bulls need to run and hide or theirs could end up on someone's plate renamed Rocky Mountain Oysters

Yeah, those balls.

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Wait. Know my balls? THOSE balls? Last I checked I didn't have any. In fact, if I remember my High School Sex Ed correctly, women characteristically don't (except my friend Betsy, and you can buy hers here: Happylicious by Betsy).

But all the men I know do. Well, that may be presumptuous, but I'm willing to go out on a limb here. Quick side note to my male friends, please do not start sending me pictures. Really, no visual confirmation necessary, thank you very much.

Years ago I wrote an entire post about the blogging trend of writing about bodily functions and body parts. In Virginia is the New Furt, I declared my intention to give that particular trend a pass. I would not be discussing my "Virginia" on the interwebs.

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So, of course, here I am talking about balls.

This is my story, and I'm sticking to it (you knew there was going to be a story, right?): I receive a ton of emails in relation to this blog. It's why it has its own email address. With more frequency than I'd like to admit, I'm asked to write for this or that company. I consider them all but rarely accept.

Last November when Shannon of Tommy John, a men's undergarment company, contacted me about including her brand in a post, I declined. But Shannon got sneaky creative. She contacted me again this month about participating in a campaign Tommy John is running in support of the Testicular Cancer Foundation. She said, in part, "In November, my company donated over $10,000 directly to the cause and in April we're looking to continue raising awareness of this disease - but we can't do it alone. We'd love your help by spreading the word to your readers! The more women that join the cause, the greater the impact will be."

Well played, Shannon, well played.

You see I'm not only married, and not only the mother of two boys, but I also have a friend whose husband had testicular cancer. I approached Elizabeth about this post and she generously agreed to share her story. From my friend Elizabeth:

I am the wife of a testicular cancer survivor. I'm lucky to be able to say that. My husband found a lump long before he did anything about it. I'm not sure why, but I can imagine. Maybe in our hectic young married lives he just forgot about it. Maybe he'd convinced himself it was nothing.

I was 6 months into a difficult pregnancy with our first child when he was diagnosed. From there it was a whirlwind of action and emotion. He went into treatment immediately. My pregnancy, his diagnosis, banking sperm, surgery, months of radiation before work, I'm not sure we really had a chance to process it, either of us. It all just seemed so surreal.

He recovered. Despite his delay in seeking a diagnosis, it was caught early enough. We went on to successfully have 2 more children through artificial insemination. All these years later I look across the table at my husband, I look at the beautiful family we created and I know it could have gone differently. I appreciate how very lucky I am to be able to say that I am the wife of a testicular cancer survivor.
 
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Some general information as provided to me:
*One male is diagnosed with testicular cancer every hour. That's 24 men a day.
*Testicular cancer is the most easily detected form of cancer.
*The survival rate for testicular cancer is 99% when caught early.
*Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males ages 15 - 34.
*Awareness is low about the risks for testicular cancer and the precautions that should be taken, jeopardizing the chances of early detection.

So, to all the women out there, here's your opportunity. In this Testicular Cancer Awareness Month, give your men a kick in the pants. We are advised to feel ourselves up, it's only fair that we ask our men to feel themselves down . . . so to speak.

Please. It's important.


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PS: Be sure to visit the Testicular Cancer Foundation website where they provide awareness, education and support.


Because these people really care,
about, you know,
what ya got down there. 

Sorry, just couldn't help myself. And April is, after all, not only Testicular Cancer Awareness Month but also National Poetry Month.



26 comments:

  1. This has hit our family too. Thankfully with a similarly positive outcome. Of course, we didn't know this at the time, so there were some stressful times.

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    1. I'm so glad the outcome was positive for your family as well, Rabia.

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  2. An important topic - glad you wrote about it! Lately I see so much about women's personal care and health which is great but men need to take care of their "stuff" too :)

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    1. I agree, we all need to be aware of and vigilant about checking our bodies.

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  3. This is a ballsy (heh) topic and I'm proud of you for grabbing it (heheh) and running with it.

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  4. I think you don't have to be a guy to have balls, Karen!
    It was good to read about this. There is so much awareness about breast cancer, but you barely hear about testicles. You did great :-)

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  5. You did a fabulous job on this topic, making it funny but more importantly, noteworthy.

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    1. Thank you, Carol. Hope this awareness month is a success.

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  6. clever well-done post on a touchy (pun intended) topic. i know too many male friends who are dealing with testicular or prostate cancers, so i'm glad you are helping get the word out.

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    1. It's amazing how many people I'm hearing about who've been touched by this disease. I'm happy to be able to get the word out.

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  7. Well done, Karen. Raising awareness without raising hackles. :) Well done!

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  8. Good job~ I didn't know any of this. With a SIL I adore along with two Grandsons, I needed to know

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    1. I'm so glad. We need to be proactive in protecting the men we love.

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  9. Great public awareness message Karen! Yes like most cancers, early detection gets the best results. I can't wait to read what you do with prostate cancer!

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    1. I think maybe I've done enough cancer posts for a while.

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  10. Great job on a difficult topic with humor and accurate info!

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    1. Thanks, Paula. Hope I raised awareness, at least a little bit.

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  11. A fantastic post on an important topic. I'm glad you're sharing this issue, and your friend's story.

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. I'm happy that my friend chose to share her story.

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  12. My brother is a testicular cancer survivor. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad your brother is a survivor. I love that people are reaching out with survivor stories.

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  13. What a great post Karen! I can't imagine all the ups and downs that young family has gone through. I am so happy that things turned out good for them. So often it doesn't. Thank you for sharing this. I had no idea and I know my husband didn't either.

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