Saturday, August 31

Let the Contest Begin!

The Kilted to Kick Cancer fund raising challenge has begun!

 

Please support my team HERE and please give what you can!

 

To motivate you, we hope to be on track to yet again double the previous year's totals and raise $50,000 towards one of the 3 selected charities.

The goal of all of this is to raise awareness of male specific cancers during the month of September.  We are not exclusively against prostate cancer, we hate all cancers equally.  Trouble is, some cancers are sexier than others and get pro athletes to wear their color, products turn colors and the bulk of the nation sees commercials about walk a thon this and for a cure that.

I support them 100%.

What I don't support is that it wasn't until my mid 30s, after learning I had this risk for that cancer and this risk for that one, that TOTWTYTR warned me about my 1 in 36 chance of being killed by something called Prostate Cancer.

"It's an old man's disease" we'd been told.  Turns out they only tested old guys.  Now that they moved the test to a lower age range, turns out it's a young man's disease as well.

Instead of debating the validity of a PSA test (No one seems to challenge other cancer screenings) I want you to stop for a moment and think about your risk factors for cancer.  Any cancer.  All cancer.

#1 - If you have cancer in the family your risk of having a form of cancer go WAY up.

#2 - If you smoke you will likely develop Lung Cancer, the #1 deadliest and, oddly, most preventable cancer known to human kind.

#3 - Stay out of the sunshine.  Skin cancers are the #3 killer behind lung and prostate (for men and breast cancer for women).

#4 - Your diet.  Chances are you're like me and don't have the guts to go full vegan, studied to be the healthiest diet and the most likely diet to reverse and prevent cancer from forming in the first place.  If you don't want to do that, watch Forks Over Knives to get inspired about adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.  And I don't mean a salad with bacon bits and a 1/4 cup or ranch dressing.

 

Kilted to Kick Cancer would love to find a cure.  But finding a cure means more men are going to be diagnosed and I'm not OK with that.  Last year we learned that over 95% of prostate cancer cases can be treated into remission if found early enough.

So let's do that.

Talk to your Doctor about screenings, your lifestyle and other things you can do to reduce the risk of cancer.

Talk to your father, uncles, brothers, friends about their cancer risks and spread the word.

Get Kilted!

Get Checked!

 

5 years? Yup, 5 years

Happy Birthday to this black hole of time and space called "the blog."

Were you to go back to August 31 2008 and see the look of brief relief I felt putting up that first post you'd understand why i keep it going, in lean times and in leaner times.

The last year of the ol' HMHQ has been pretty quiet but me and my Brother from another Mother Motorcop and I have been busy with Kilted to Kick Caner and our Crossover Show.

 

So thanks for coming by again and hope you see you here next year!

 

-HM

Thursday, August 8

Ying and Yang

The Universe, God, Spaghetti Monster, whatever, always seeks to maintain balance.  For every good thing there is a bad.  For every night there is a day.  To everything...turn turn, turn, there is a season...


Sorry about that.  I have a form of Tourette's where I suddenly break out in 60's folks music.


There is no cure.


Recently at work we've been going through what can only be described to folks outside the industry as upgrading from Grandma's black and white furniture TV set to a 75" 3D LED.


The programming still sucks, but WOW the picture looks amazing!


This week has been long in retrospect and not because of the hours.  It feels long because every minute was filled with activity that required problem solving, multi-tasking and co-ordination of multiple people of multiple disciplines in multiple places.


Tuesday some call it.


I'm usually sitting in a corner room with no windows reading about patients my folks take care of.  It was a shock to my system to say the least.  When the dust began to settle late yesterday afternoon (well after my off duty time) I saw my old nemesis turned ally with a huge smile on his face.  I used to lock horns with this person on a daily basis and here we were sharing a huge sigh of relief that the project was working after all.


All was right in the world.  I felt good.  We got a sitter for date night.  What could go wrong?


Stupid question.


My boss's boss wandered in this morning and reminded me how the (insert deity here) seeks to maintain balance and order.  What once was elation was gone and in it's place was a half empty cup of mediocre coffee and 6 days of PCRs to review.  We only do about 200 runs a day so it shouldn't take more than a decade to get caught up.