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My Movember - My Cancer Story

My Movember - My Cancer Story

By Bernhard Kerres
Movember is a month and a movement dedicated to men's health. In 2013 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Luckily I was cured and I am cancer free. This is my cancer story with a daily episode in November 2018.
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The End
It was important to me to share my personal cancer story throughout November 2018. Thanks to everyone who listened. More information is on
January 29, 2019
Don’t Blame Me!
Five years after my cancer I met someone who once was a close friend. A difficult and emotional conversation.
November 29, 2018
The New Normal
Many have asked if my life changed after cancer. And yes, it has. My new „normal“ is mich richer and wärmer than the life before.
November 25, 2018
When Depression Hits
Following the hormone imbalances and in the aftermath of all cancer treatments, depression hit. I found my own way of dealing with it and keeping it at bay.
November 23, 2018
About Sharing my Cancer Story
It took me a long time and a lot of courage to publicly share my cancer story. I wouldn’t have done so without the encouragement from my daughter. I still fear it might have an impact on future job offers. But I hope that this podcast helps to raise the awareness for health issues and to contribute to us caring more.
November 22, 2018
A Long Drive
Dealing with a cancer patient in the family isn’t easy. It is challenging for all the people loving and caring for the patient. Still, we need to pull all our energy together, push our fears aside, and give love and compassion.
November 20, 2018
Quarterly Checkups
Following my cancer therapy a regime of quarterly checkups followed. Easy to schedule and to do but always with a big psychological impact.
November 19, 2018
Sleep Now!
One long term result of chemo therapy is the sudden need for sleep. Even five years later it happens from time to time that I simply need to take a nap. Ten to twenty minutes and I am fresh again.
November 17, 2018
Let’s Talk About Sex
When you had surgery called semi-castration there will come the moment when you are concerned about your sex life. Luckily my cancer didn’t impact on my sex life.
November 16, 2018
The Mountains
Recovery took time. And after the whirlwind of surgery and chemo therapy these were the first days I was forced to reflect on what happened.
November 15, 2018
Trying to Recover
After chemotherapy I tried to recover. It took quite a while. And I found out that top restaurants do not cater to vegans even on Valentine’s Day....
November 14, 2018
Second Chemo
Going back for another round of chemo was tough. But I learned much more about real friends than ever before.
November 13, 2018
Knock Out
When the chemo therapy substances hit my body I was knocked out. Difficult days.
November 12, 2018
First Chemo. Again.
It was time to find another oncologist. And then, I did chemo therapy.
November 09, 2018
First Chemo
I was ready to have my first chemo-therapy when the oncologist basically gave me the option between green and brown. How should I know? Listen to the experience of my first chemo.
November 08, 2018
HELLO STAGE - when cancer hits a startup
Three months before being diagnosed with cancer I founded HELLO STAGE, the classical music community. What do you do as a founder and entrepreneur when being hit by a severe illness? Luckily I had an amazing friend and a great team.
November 07, 2018
New Year’s
After my cancer surgery I spent relaxing days with my wonderful family. Also, an example of how another family helped a cancer victim within themselves.
November 06, 2018
F*** You
Cancer became personal to me a few month before my diagnosis. I spoke at a TEDx conference and there was Susi speaking about her cancer story. She became a hero for me. And still is. Look up
November 05, 2018
A surgery called semi-castration does not necessarily raise a man’s confidence level. But it had to be done.
November 04, 2018
The Weekend
The weekend following my cancer diagnosis in December 2013 was the time to speak to family and friends. The hardest was taking to my daughter.
November 03, 2018
After not sleeping much Friday brought two or three more urologists into my life but still no surgery. Why couldn’t I have surgery when everyone said it had to be done asap?
November 01, 2018
The Diagnosis
A few days before Christmas in 2013 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Hear about the first day of my cancer story.
October 31, 2018
My Movember Podcast - Pilot
November is a month to raise the awareness for men’s health. The Movember Foundation changed the name of the month to stop men dying too young. In this podcast I will tell my own cancer story.
October 17, 2018