The Bodcast: Cancer Survivor to healer

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This past week I had the pleasure of being a guest speaker on The Bodcast-Podcast hosted by Michael Buckley and Robyn Shall. Each are talented, passionate trainers who possess a unique voice in the industry.  It was a real treat to be a guest on the show, which has an electric, amped-up pace.  The show is packed with good information and just the right amount of comedy sprinkled on top. Coincidence that the show info-graphic is a weight plate sprinkled with doughnut toppings!?!

 

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The dynamic was flowing with these two experienced hosts and time flew by. We recorded, it was fun and I walked away feeling good. To be honest, I have told my story many times before and, at this point in my life, it can feel distant…almost as if it has happened to someone else.

On October the 8th it dropped and I have to admit I was anxious to hear what it sounded like. How did I come across? Did I sound like an idiot? Did I remember specific facts and percentages that I quoted in studies? Did my voice sound like the “kermit the frog version” I hear in my head? For the most part, yes.

As I began my daily routine I threw it on as background sound while I cleaned and constructed my morning health tonic.  Within minutes I found myself intently listening to this story, this small piece of my life……and I was moved to tears, crying at times uncontrollably ( I am an ugly crier).  It was an unexpected cathartic experience.

Catharsis: providing psychological relief through the open expression of strong emotions; causing catharsis.

I listened so intently as if I was waiting for a new ending to the story. This guy (me): is he gonna survive this trauma? What a great attitude! I found a great deal of compassion for the man speaking. I felt joy. I felt big-bold-overwhelming joy for the honest, well-spoken man I had become. I was clear, specific and purposeful in my thoughts and narrative.  I was proud of myself?  Is that allowed? Yes, it is.  As I mentioned in the talk, something I’ve done recently is working through some of the trauma experienced in the last few years….and this release, this new perspective was amazingly helpful. I am in constant awe of how the universe works in mysterious and wonderful ways….giving you what you need when you need it.

Three points I wanted to add:

We ran out of time. These are important(!), so read on…

*Change in survival rates which I could not quite recall in relation to the chemo I used:

1) Testicular cancer used to be a brutal killer. If you were diagnosed with nonseminoma, you had to have a complete Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection ( Yes, I still had one of these)  because it was the only thing that could possibly cure the cancer. If you had Stage III testicular cancer, little could be done. Back in 1970, about 90% of testicular cancer patients died of their disease.

The 70′s brought us the success of Cisplatin which, when used in combination with other chemotherapy drugs and the appropriate use of surgery, brought the cure rate to an astounding 80%! This chemotherapy is not pleasant, but it’s profound success has allowed the doctors to decrease the toxicity of all of the various testicular cancer treatments. (1)

2) I wanted to mention more about  screening and prevention:

There is no standard or routine screening test used for early detection of testicular cancer, unlike a mammogram used in breast cancer screening. Most often, testicular cancer is first found by men themselves, either by chance or during self-exam. Sometimes the cancer is found by a doctor during a routine doctor’s visit. At any rate, if you feel something, anything that makes you stop and think, get it looked at. Be persistent, and take your health seriously.

Here is your road map of a self screening and check:

1. If possible, stand in front of a mirror. Check for any swelling on the scrotal skin.

2. Examine each testicle with both hands. Place the index and middle fingers under the testicle with the thumbs placed on top. Firm but gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers to feel for any irregularities on the surface or texture of the testicle.

3. Find the epididymis, a soft rope-like structure on the back of the testicle. If you are familiar with this structure, you won’t mistake it for a suspicious lump.

If you notice any lumps or irregularities see a doctor right away. Keep in mind that not all lumps or irregularities are cancerous, however, only a doctor can make that determination. In my case….get a second opinion if you have concerns. Waiting to see if it will go away will not help you. (2)

As I have said before, while I have played a doctor on stage, I am not one in real life and this information is just that, free information. It is in no way intended to treat or cure any disease or illness.  Readers interested in working with me as a health coach should visit the GO! page on Freddie, Set, Go and inquire about monthly rates.

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