By Cindie Hubiak
You may have heard of it. You may have even seen it in action in the form of mustaches on men’s faces. I’m talking about Movember, the worldwide movement in which men sport mustaches throughout November to raise awareness for men’s health – more specifically prostate cancer and the other cancers that impact men. The movement started in Melbourne, Australia in the early 2000s as a way to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer research, and has grown to a global movement, supported by millions.
Known as “Mo Bros,” the men who opt to participate start the month clean-shaven then wear it proudly for 30 days, supported along the way by the women in their lives known as “Mo Sistas.” When I first learned of Movember, I think it was the Mo Sistas that resonated most with me, simply because the support, strength and knowledge from other women became my rock when my husband was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer.
Through my journey I came to realize that I had to heal myself first before I could help my husband heal. The support of other women was an integral part of this process. Whether your man had prostate cancer years ago or it is a recent diagnosis, it’s never too late to learn how to heal yourself. Tapping the knowledge and support of other women, like Mo Sistas, will be one of the most important things you can do. They can prove to be one of your most powerful allies for turning surviving into thriving.
As women, we can assist each other to heal, and as we do, we learn to provide more compassion to ourselves, and thus the men in our lives. Remember, a woman who supports a man through his prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment can proudly wear the title of prostate cancer survivor – whether that’s in the form of a faux mustache or by joining a movement.