Today’s interview in my opinion, is a serious WOW. If you know a man with cancer or illness, you’re going to want to share this interview with them.
Trevor Maxwell is on the show, and he wrote Open Heart, Warrior Spirit: A Man’s Guide to Living with Cancer. He is also the founder of Man Up to Cancer, inspiring men to connect and avoid isolation throughout their cancer journeys. He has also been living with stage IV colon cancer since March of 2018.
Man Up to Cancer is a leading support community for men impacted by cancer, as they offer peer-to-peer support, an annual retreat, chemo backpack program, learning opportunities, connection, and there are more than 30 local chapters geared toward improving the quality of life for their members. Trevor states that when faced with cancer, women tend to “reach out,” and men tend to “check out.” While all of us know someone with cancer, what I didn’t realize is how many men are impacted by isolation when facing cancer. This leads men down a path toward mental health problems, strained relationships, and poor medical outcomes.
Check out his podcast Man Up to Cancer and you can find him at manuptocancer.com.