Movember Apple Cup Challenge

Apple Cup Movember
Happy Thanksgiving Coug and Dawg Fans. I'm thankful for all of you (even the ones that wear purple and gold). I have a few days left in Movember and I'm less than $400 away from the $5000 fundraising goal I set. So let's have a little friendly competition.

For every dollar donated to my Movember campaign between now and tomorrow a point will be generated. The donor simply indicates which team to credit their points to by putting "Go Cougs" or "Go Dawgs" into their comment line. Double points will be awarded on gifts of $50 or more.

I'll even wear the school colors of the winning team to work for a day next week. How's that for incentive Husky fans? (I'm not worried. Cougs are a lot more generous!)

So let's get the Movember Apple Cup started right away. Click here to contribute and score some Movember Apple Cup points! 
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So Many Choices - Prostate Cancer

Book ProstateI'm finding that there are a lot of opinions and a lot of treatment options when it comes to prostate cancer. Talk to the men who have been through it and you frequently hear the enthusiasm that each of them has for the doctor they used and the procedure that they chose. Talk to the specialists and you'll hear about the course of care that they are focused on and the challenges that alternatives provide. The choices all come with serious side effects and a level of uncertainty. There's not an absolute direction that the medical profession has settled
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The First 10 Days

Awareness ProstateIt's been ten days since my new urologist, Dr. Marquez, confirmed what we both suspected. That was the day he told Cindy and I that the biopsy he'd performed confirmed that I have prostate cancer. It was the day that I found myself in a place that was both familiar and unknown. While the setting and doctor were different, the conversation was eerily similar to the one I'd listened intently to when we were told about Cindy's breast cancer and later about her lymphoma. Unknown, because this time the words were about my body and the cancer that was attacking it. This time I would be the fighter and, just a few days after learning that her cancer was finally in remission, Cindy would be in my corner. Our roles were now reversed.

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A Movember To Remember


The mustache growing month for raising awareness and money to "change the face of men's health" is underway and the hard to see fuzz growing on my upper lip is gaining length. This year - while unplanned and unexpected - is going to be different from the others. Nine days into the month, I found out that I have prostate cancer.

This is my story.

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Experiencing a transformtaion.

It was about this time last year that I recommitted to what would become the third year of a journey toward a healthier life. For the majority of that time I was focused on moving more and eating less... or at least eating better. I developed better habits including daily walks and frequent lunches at the salad bar instead of the grill. Through it all, I was encouraged by a community of friends and family that applauded my successes and empathized with my setbacks. My blog pretty much documents it all. 

Then, shortly after Labor Day in 2014, my wife and I committed to trying a nutrition system created world class formulator, John Anderson. His lineup of products was recommended by a friend with a promise of weight loss, stress reduction, renewed energy, and the prospect of feeling ten to twenty years younger. 

Left: I wasn't feeling happy with myself at 325 pounds in September, 2011.

Right: In Decenber of 2014 I was down to 239 pounds and feeling re-energized and younger.

To good to be true? We thought so! So we did our research seeking answers about ingredients, outcomes, and potential unintended consequences. Everything we found checked out to our satisfaction. All we needed to do next was enroll as associates within the company, order the products, and put the new source of nourishment into our bodies. In just five days we knew our decision was a great one. Our only regret was that we hadn't started sooner. 

Now we're sharing our story and encouraging friends and family to give it a try. All of the promises are coming true for us. We're feeling the best that we have in years and we'd like the same for you in the coming year.

If you're making a resolution to lose weight, build strength, or improve your financial freedom in 2015, get in touch with me. It's very possible that I've got the answer to all three.

For more about my year in review click here or browse the entries in the Healthy Edge section of my blog. I hope to hear from you.
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The Fine Print

Rod Brooks (that's me) is VP & CMO of PEMCO Mutual Insurance Company and serves as Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA).  It's important to disclose both of those relationships and to be clear that this is my personal blog where I share thoughts and opinions that are solely my own.  Contact me!

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