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PODCAST: DON’T GIVE UP

Testicular cancer (TC) is more than a matter of doing a self-exam to check for a lump. TC can happen even with no symptoms. This podcast features survivors, caregivers, family members, and medical professionals who have dealt with testicular cancer in a variety of ways. Every episode has solutions and advice. Little-known facts and situations are uncovered.

 

 

The show also has the unique angle of talking with young adults with cancer, whether that cancer is testicular cancer or not. Young adults have special challenges when fighting cancer, and their stories need to be heard.

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Episode 25: What Happens on My Cancer Anniversary?

Our host Joyce was 25, only 3 years older than Max Mallory, when she was first diagnosed with cancer. What should any cancer survivor do on a cancer anniversary? she asks in this episode. It was 43 years ago when Joyce was diagnosed and she says, “I always honor that day, in my mind and with something special, be it something as simple and delicious as a hot fudge sundae or lunch with a friend.” This 13-min. episode packs a punch–you’ll want to listen to this heartfelt story.

 

 

Episode 24: A Testicular Cancer Survival Story with a Dog, Quality Care and Giving Back

Brett Hoffland is a weekend TV anchor and reporter in the Twin Cities. He shares his testicular cancer survival story from the day his dog jumped on him to the end of chemo. Listen to his journey with insights valuable to all men, including the role of his dog Scoobie in finding his cancer early in the process.

 

 

Episode 23: Traveling the Testicular Cancer Journey as a Caregiver

Kristen Gautier is an elementary process coordinator and psychological examiner in special education and coaches junior varsity basketball. She traveled the testicular journey as a caregiver for her husband, Nate. She shares her story of caregiving and the importance of taking care of herself during the journey and now, with their first child soon to arrive.

 

 

Episode 22: It’s Been 5 Years Since My Son Died from Testicular Cancer

On the five-year anniversary of the passing of Max Mallory, who died from testicular cancer at age 22, his mother, host Joyce Lofstrom, talks about testicular cancer awareness five years ago versus today, what it’s like to lose a child, and how one can survive by transforming their grief into service to others. This isn’t a sad episode, despite the topic: you’ll find some great advice for anyone who wants to succeed; the startling and sudden turn cancer can take; and many other captivating details.

 

Episode 21: Testicular Cancer – A Story of Survival, Support and an Ice Cream Company

The correct diagnosis for Shane Kenny’s testicular cancer took almost five years. Once confirmed, he had surgery and began chemotherapy with support from his partner and fellow bartender, Sarah Pleitez. As the coronavirus shutdown began, Shane and Sarah introduced their new company…Big Shane’s Ice Cream. Sarah develops the recipes and Shane approves the flavors, all designed with favorite profiles of Irish foods.  See what it takes to navigate and survive testicular cancer and begin a business at the same time.

 

 

Episode 20: What to Know about Testicular Cancer and Men’s Wellness

Michael J. Rovito, Ph.D., focuses on testicular cancer research after his own cancer scare as a teenager. He discusses men’s wellness, testicular cancer, and testicular self-examination, emphasizing men’s quality of life, especially after surviving testicular cancer. He is an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida.

 

 

Episode 19: From Beach Volleyball to Testicular Cancer – A Survivor’s Story

Grant O’Gorman represents Canada as a beach volleyball player; he’s been playing the sport for more than a decade. He is also a testicular cancer survivor who benefited from the worldwide break in 2020 sporting events due to the coronavirus. Listen to Grant’s story and his efforts to raise awareness

 

 

Episode 18: Listening to the Patient – A Researcher’s Point of View

Deborah Bekele is a medical anthropology doctoral candidate studying testicular and prostate cancer. Her Ph.D. focuses on men’s health promotion and advocacy. Listen to her insights on testicular cancer gained from her patient interviews on the podcast Don’t Give Up on Testicular Cancer from the Max Mallory Foundation.

 

 

Episode 17: The Power of Positive in a Testicular Cancer Journey

Anthony Mastrogiulio found his “cancer family” when diagnosed with testicular cancer. He used the power of positive throughout his journey of surgeries, chemotherapy, and testicular cancer advocacy. Discover who belongs to this important group, why they matter, and how Anthony helps others find support in their testicular cancer journey.

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Episode 16: From a Mom – When Will Sons and Husbands Talk about Their Balls?

Karen McWhirt lost her son Ian at age 20 to testicular cancer. At Ian’s request, she wrote a book so that other young men could avoid this cancer, check their balls, and talk about their health. Now, mothers, wives, partners, and so many people wonder when this conversation will begin.

 

 

Episode 15: Young Adults Discuss Losing a Friend to Testicular Cancer

It’s something young adults don’t often face: losing one of their own in his 20s. Two close friends of Max Mallory, Freja Hagemann and Erik Brundidge, share their memories of Max during college and after his testicular cancer diagnosis in this episode.

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Episode 14: Three Kids, a Musical and a Book – After Testicular Cancer

Tom Willner wrote a musical during his chemo treatment for testicular cancer. He banked sperm, and his wife was pregnant with their first child at the same time. Now, some 20 years later, he’s written a book and continues to share his experiences as a patient through a company he co-founded to bring his story to others.

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Episode 13: Surviving the Loss of a Sibling to Testicular Cancer

John-Mark Mallory lost his only brother, Max, to testicular cancer. He shares experiences during Max’s illness, his grief process, career path, and, now, plans for the Max Mallory Foundation as its executive director. Listen to John-Mark on how to survive the loss of a sibling to testicular cancer.

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Episode 12: A Pharmacist and Testicular Cancer Survivor Tells His Story

Michael Craycraft, survivor and pharmacist, explains why he delayed telling others of symptoms; why the pharmacist is a key part of the medical team; and how he started the first national organization, the Testicular Cancer Society.

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Episode 11: Vulnerability Is Actually A Strength in the Testicular Cancer Journey

One of our most honest, emotional interviews: marathon runner (before and after his diagnosis) Nate Gautier talks about the power of vulnerability when facing cancer.

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Episode 10: Who Says Men Won’t Come Together for Testicular Cancer?

Jason Greenspan decided to set a world record for men coming together in one place to check their testicles for testicular cancer. Hear his survival story and the event he held during his senior year in college – all to raise awareness of testicular cancer.

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Episode 9: A Poem and Facts about Testicular Cancer

Since it’s Thanksgiving week, we have a 7-min. podcast with two key elements: total stats on testicular cancer, and “Orchids,” a poem Max Mallory wrote about the TC experience. Listen in!

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Episode 8: Surviving Testicular Cancer Three Times – Then and Now

Tim Buckland survived testicular cancer three times! And it was not recurrences, but three different types of testicular cancer. Hear his amazing story and how it led him into biochemistry and researching cancer.

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Episode 7: It’s OK to Talk about Your Balls and Testicular Cancer

Jason Birckbichler approaches his testicular cancer diagnosis with humor in his blog A Ballsy Sense of Tumor. Jason talks about life before, during, and after cancer, and why men should be comfortable talking about their health.

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Episode 6: Go to the Doctor – How I Survived Testicular Cancer

Travis Garski shares his journey of survival with testicular cancer, an experience he describes, in part, as a kind of “ego-death.” After a snowboarding vacation, he went to the doctor suspecting something might be wrong. He then traversed the nine weeks of chemo to reach good health and a new outlook on life. Listen to his story.

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Episode 5: Beyond Cancer – A Young Woman’s Journey to Help Others

Mallory Casperson, founder of Lacuna Loft, shows how her experience as a young adult with cancer and few resources led her to create a unique organization that provides online support worldwide for young adults with cancer, and at no cost. Host Joyce Lofstrom tells of her own experience as a young adult with cancer.

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Episode 4: A Mom Talks about Testicular Cancer

Joyce Lofstrom, host, tells of the journey with her son’s testicular cancer. Any person facing testicular cancer will get great ideas on getting the best info, better ways to talk with your doctor, and other tips for parents and patients who want to hold down the panic and get the best path for treatment. What you ask for, or even demand, can make a big difference.

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Episode 3: Life Goes On – One Testicular Cancer Survivor’s POV

Adam Johnstone’s survival story is amazing: multiple dangerous surgeries and arduous chemo. Hear the journey he faced, and how it led to his own participation in Imerman Angels (he was Max’s “angel”). He also gives advice on parents and young men who might feel uncomfortable talking about “that” part of the body.

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Episode 2: A Conversation with a Testicular Cancer Survivor and Entrepreneur: Jonny Imerman

Jonny Imerman, a testicular cancer survivor, talks about his cancer journey and Imerman Angels, which he established after his cancer journey to provide one-on-one support for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers.

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Episode 1: Why We Never Gave Up on Testicular Cancer – with Chuck Mallory

This podcast series launches with the story of Max Mallory who died at age 22 of testicular cancer. His dad, Chuck Mallory, talks with podcast host Joyce Lofstrom, Max’s mom, about Max, the Max Mallory Foundation and why this podcast series will help listeners understand more about this rare but prevalent form of cancer that targets boys and men most often from their teenage years through their 40s and older.

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