Bloggers for Movember – A Conversation with My Dad

The Bloggers for Movember campaign got me thinking about the men in my life. I first learned of Bloggers for Movember through Le Clown. First of all, hats off to Le Clown for rallying the troops to support funding and awareness for prostate cancer and men’s mental health. I admire and applaud his efforts.

Generally, health is not considered a topic that men discuss. The truth is I have something in common with men on this front, as I don’t really like to think about my health either. But let’s face it, when you get to be a certain age, say in your forties and beyond, necessary exams and guidelines begin to surface.

I decided to check in with my father and ask him a few questions about how he is managing his health. Specifically, I wanted to make sure I asked him about (1) whether or not he’s had that prostate exam, (2) his family history, and (3) his social calendar.

Prostate health. I’ll admit it, I pushed off my mammogram screening for far too long. The doctor and the nurses would look at my chart, and tell me I was due for a mammogram, and I would just nod my head. They called me to schedule an appointment, for what should have been a routine, walk-in screening. When I finally had the routine exam, it took about ten minutes, and it was no big deal. I found out I was actually fearful of negative results. In the end, I felt so much better that I had the exam.

For the dudes out there…you’ll feel better, too! I asked my father about having his prostate checked, and he promised he would talk to his doctor.

Family History. Take a look at this photo of my dad’s family. I love this photo.

My dad is the youngest of twelve children. See him in the foreground, sitting on his mother’s lap. Also notice his father’s handsome ‘stache. Since my dad is the youngest of twelve and is now 77 years old, he has had the experience of witnessing his family’s health history first-hand. He has seen many of his siblings pass away, which couldn’t have been easy. The third oldest of his siblings, Frannie, lived the longest to the age of 93.

Your family history is important to help determine your risks for such health problems as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, certain cancers, and diabetes. If you are at risk, a health professional may recommend a specific screening that you may otherwise not receive. It can’t hurt to error on the side of caution when it comes to matters of your health.

For my dad’s family, heart disease is the most common issue. My dad sees his doctor every three months. He also mentioned that he has been better with his diet, eating four pieces of fruit daily, and is trying to eat more salad. While we chatted, we munched on walnuts, also a healthy choice.

Social Calendar. I daresay my dad’s social calendar is busier than mine, and for this, I am pleased. He lives in a retirement community, and is quite the social butterfly. Every morning, he goes to the clubhouse to chat and have a cup of coffee. My dad tells me is never bored. He spends time with friends watching movies in the clubhouse, enjoys long walks, reading, listening to music, doing crossword puzzles, and shooting hoops. He also enjoys writing about his political views to the local newspaper, which sometimes posts his letters.  I told him if had a blog he could post his views anytime he liked. He was extremely interested and may start his own blog soon. Stay tuned.

Being socially active helps mental and physical health. For men, the bromance-style friendship displayed in movies like the “Wedding Crashers” is actually quite healthy.  Men who have male friends are said to be happier, healthier, and wealthier. So, make that date with your friend that you’ve been putting off. If you do suspect that you or a loved one has serious mental illness, don’t hesitate to contact a mental health professional.

I’d say my dad is doing great. What about the men in your life? How are they doing?

My dad chose red because his dad had a red mustache.
If I could grow a mustache, I would want it to be blue.

You can join Bloggers for Movember on Facebook.

Donate here. It’s not too late. No amount is too little.
Your Mo Bros and Mo Sistas will thank you.

Prostate Cancer Early Detection
Why is it important to know my family medical history?
Knowing your family history is important to your health
Depression in Men: Why It’s Hard to Recognize and What Helps
Modern Males Forge Deep Bonds with Core Friends – Report

Your 2 cents, what about 50?

Drop on by to Doggy’s Style for a great cause to help fight prostate cancer and support men’s health issues. Leo is very gracious to donate 50 cents for every comment he receives on this post for Bloggers for Movember! How cool is that? Now get on over there!

It’s Almost Here

Check out this awesome video by Open Concept in honor of  Bloggers for Movember, supporting the fight against prostate cancer. Sit back and enjoy!

Not a Red Head

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Blog Reflection #3

Honestly blogging friends, I never thought I would have a blog. It was my husband who made the suggestion. Why do I need a stupid blog, I said to him. And then, I went to a job interview with an employment agency for kicks, and the recruiter said to me off the record, “You want to write and you don’t have a blog?” It was like hearing it for the first time…sorry honey. Well, of course, that’s what I need to do…a blog! So, there you have my blogging roots.

This writing is Post #62. The number is not important except that you may consider this to be a random reflection. Only it isn’t. I only pause to  reflect when I feel I have something worthwhile to share with you, dear readers. What is held steady since my last reflection is my admiration of my fellow bloggers. In fact, I feel enamored of you and continue to feel inspired by you on a daily basis.

Personally, my own blog has become a mish-mash of ideas. In my quest to write about the mysteries of life, I’ve allowed myself to write anything I fancy.  The more I think about it and the deeper in I get into this blog, the more appropriate the name “The Bumble Files” has become. You know those people who choose a path in life, follow it, achieve wild success, and never look back. That’s never been me. I have trouble getting on the path, you see. So, The Bumble Files, really what better name to reflect my life thus far.

Lately, I’ve experienced a real sense of community in my blogging world. I’ve felt this immensely when I stumbled upon a certain Blogroll Contest. I’d never heard of a blogroll contest. I’ve never even had a blogroll for my own blog. Who would have a contest? Why would a blogger want to be on this blogger’s blog? Who could pull this off? Who would have the prestige? The gumption? The bravado?

I’ll tell you who…It’s Le Clown over at A Clown on Fire (also L’Eric). Let me tell you, Le Clown has it going on over at his blog. With the partnership of his lovely wife, the Ringmistress (Laments and Lullabies), his Blogroll Contest was a smashing success. I’ve never experienced anything like it.

Bloggers fully committed themselves, their Labor Day weekend hijacked (for Americans), and they stretched their creative muscle. He pushed his followers to a new blogging capacity. It was intoxicating, and I was entranced. Le Clown was handing out clown noses and points, responding to thousands of comments. I could hear the laughing, the applause, the music, the horns honking and blowing…the excitement, the fervor. You think I’ve lost it? It was magic, I tell you. Pure, blogging magic. I wanted my own little bottle of it. I thought to myself, this is what blogging is all about.

So, I followed Le Clown on the spot. He’s personable, witty, and happens to be quite, well…magnificent, Le Clown. In the process of this blogroll contest, I met many wonderful bloggers. Not surprisingly, Le Clown was recently Freshly Pressed (I knew he would be) in his post spotlighting the Bloggers for Movember, an online campaign to raise for money/awareness for prostate cancer. He continues be involved in great things.

I will continue to bumble along…Occasionally, I’ll have an episode of manic writing where I feel all is right with the world and I’ve come up with something meaningful. I might have a sudden burst of energy and stay up later than I probably should, and then, I’ll hit the publish button. I’ll wake the next day with what I refer to as a Blogging Hangover…that moment when I  first wake up and think, “Did I really say that? Did I really put that post out there?” Oh, but dear readers, you are always supportive and encouraging, and I thank you.

Until next time,

The Bumble Files

photo credit: Mike Licht, via photopin cc