Why I’m growing (read: trying to grow) my Mo’ this Movember

Having never grown a moustache before, I’m not entirely confident that I’m even able to (if I could pull it off I would totally rock the connoisseur though, just sayin’).

I mean sure, I can grow stubble, but I’ve never let it grow long enough to see if it comes in full. This means that there is a very good chance that this November is going to be a rather embarrassing month for me. Seems kind of illogical that I would purposely do something that I know is more than likely going to cause embarrassment, right? Right, indeed.

So why?

Late last year my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I can still remember the moment he told me – all the crazy thoughts and emotions that immediately came over me. He seemed confident he was going to beat this monster, so I did my best to stay calm, too. But I have to tell you, I was scared as hell.

Fortunately for him, and those of us who love him dearly, he had been getting PSA tests as part of his regular annual check ups, and they caught the cancer early. As Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember both strongly advocate, early detection is a big piece of the puzzle when it comes to beating prostate cancer. Detecting the cancer early, while it is still localized to the prostate, gives men the most treatment options, and the best chances of being cured.

Dad and I at a Vikings game in Minneapolis, December 2010. Skoal Vikings!

This May, Dad had his surgery to have the cancer removed. It was a tough decision to make – which treatment would be best for him, and once decided, an ever tougher thing for him to go through, no doubt. But he fought through it and has since made a full recovery. He’s back to being his good old, amazing self, and he is living every day to the fullest. I, of course, couldn’t be happier to have my dad back in good health.

This whole experience has made me realize just how important it is for organizations like Prostate Cancer Canada and Movember to continue doing the great work that they do. Spreading awareness and making men realize that getting tested doesn’t have to be a daunting experience, and isn’t something to be ashamed of or embarrassed about. The more men they can convince to make testing a part of their annual check-up, the more lives that can be saved, and that’s a message that I am proud to help spread.

My “Mo’ Space”

Day One: freshly shaven

Of course on top of spreading awareness, a big part of Movember is fundraising, and I’m happy to face embarrassment if it will help raise some money to chip in and help out. Check out my Mo’ Space, and if you can pitch in a couple bucks to help me reach my goal of $400 I will send you positive vibes, and you will get karma points (good for a whole range of awesomeness). I will be posting progress photos every Thursday both here on the blog, and on my Mo’ Space, so be sure to come back to see how hot and sexy, creepy, or just plain pathetic I’m looking throughout the month!

Are you growing a Mo’ this year? What’s your motivation? Tell your story in the comments!