No Shave November Niles

November 4, 2014 2:04 PM

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No Shave November Niles

It's officially November, or as it's come to be known, "Movember" -- a month dedicated to raising awareness of men's health issues. Last November, many of my male friends grew their facial hair during "No Shave November" as a sign of support for me. I've always been hairy, but at the time, I was hairless and unable to grow any hair whatsoever, let alone a beard. Just two months prior, I had been diagnosed with Stage IV Gastric Cancer and had lost every hair on my body from the chemotherapy treatments I was receiving every two weeks. I was a healthy 30-year-old male with no family history, and found myself battling stomach cancer.

While gastric cancer isn't as prevalent in the United States as other forms of cancer, it happens to be more common in men than women. It may never have its own month as large as October has become for Breast Cancer Awareness. That said, I'd personally like to use this November as an opportunity to ...

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