April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month balls poster

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month and to spread the word, we’re sharing our Balls for free on YouTube

 

WATCH the unblurred, unbleeped, balls out version here.

In the first episode of Balls we get an introduction to testicles and what makes them weird, attractive and curious to different people.  We will also meet men who have had testicular cancer and faced the removal of one or both balls.

 

Balls is a one hour documentary that covers every angle and topic we could brainstorm to do with testicles.  From sex and sports to health concerns like sperm count, torsion and bringing attention to Testicular Cancer Awareness Month we’ve left no jock-strap unexplored. 

 

Over the next few weeks during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month we will be releasing a new short video from our Balls documentary every few days.  So watch along with us as we explore all things balls related in this special men’s health series.

 

Please share with your friends, post on your social and encourage your buddies to check their balls – or lend a helping hand – it could save a life!

 

Testicular Cancer Awareness month beach balls

 

 

And because it’s Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this is a great opportunity for you to check your own balls!  Do it while watching our documentary, Balls.  

 

Honestly, we encourage you to pull them out, roll them around, check for any oddities or things you haven’t seen or felt before.  This is important and something you should be doing regularly.  If you do discover new firmness, a lump, or anything strange – book an appointment with your doctor or go to a walk-in clinic to get them checked by a professional right away.  When it comes to Testicular Cancer – early detection really can save your life.

 

Testicular Examination

Self-examination can save your life. Here’s how to give your balls a regular self-check for suspicious signs:

Testicular Cancer Awareness Month self exam diagram

 

 

1. Do your assessment right after a warm bath or shower, when the scrotum is relaxed.

 

2. Stand before a mirror. Survey for scrotal swelling.

 

3. Support your testicles with your palm. Note their size and weight. This will help you discern any future changes.

 

4. Examine each testicle separately. Place your second and third fingers under one testicle with your thumb on top. Gently roll the testicle between your thumb and fingers to feel for any irregularities. Repeat on the other testicle.

 

5. Find the epididymis, the soft, rope-like structure on the back of each testicle. By identifying the epididymis, you won’t mistake it for a lump.

 

See your doctor if you note any questionable signs, especially those lasting longer than two weeks.

 

Read the interview with Balls director, Nico Stagias, in our special April series for Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.

 

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Do you have a millionaire mindset?

millionaire mindset - Charlie David

What is a millionaire mindset and how do you become a millionaire?  Same way you eat an elephant, one small bite at a time. If this is one of your goals (It was one of mine since I was a teenager – attaining a millionaire mindset, not the elephant eating!) then it’s time to stop wishing and start making it YOUR reality. Consider this your invitation.

 
In about 15 minutes you can start investing – smart, super low fee, and put it on autopilot. If you’d prefer a secure financial future to eating cat food out of tins or living in a van down by the river… here’s a simple way to start.
 
 
You can begin investing in YOU now starting with just $25/month and watch your money grow. And how about this sweet little bonus, use this link and get your first 10k managed for free – no matter if it takes you a day or years to invest that amount. 
 

Part of having a millionaire mindset is recognizing a deal.  You need to be a bargain hunter in all aspects of your life.  Buy low, sell high isn’t just for the stock market – it’s for jeans, groceries, 2 for 1 movie tickets, cars, houses – you get the picture. 

 
So if you’re currently investing in mutual funds with your bank – they are probably charging you 2-3% on your money. Yikes. Those fees eat away at your potential portfolio growth. 
 
Financial analysts used to say that 6-8% earnings on an investment portfolio was good and would protect you for the future.  Over the past few years things have changed – a lot.
 
Analysts now state we will be happy to see 4-5% earnings.  So if we’re paying 2-3% in fees that actually leaves us making… 1-2%.  Hmmmm not so great. 
 
I’m gonna stop talking now and just encourage you – take 15 minutes and get your finances on track. Your future you will be super thankful. Your future you may even take you out for dinner! And it won’t be cat food. Unless that’s your thing. Then you can have all the cat food you want!
 
 
millionaire mindset - Charlie David & elephant

Don’t worry, we will not eat each other.  We enjoy our hang time too much.  We have agreed referencing each other for the purpose of illustrating a financial idea like adopting a millionaire mindset is totally cool though.  

 
Having a millionaire mindset is actually a lot of work – at least at the beginning.  Your road to become a millionaire will involve a lot of planning and a lot of patience.  Unless you win the lottery.  It takes time, effort and diligence – day after day until one day – you arrive.  Then you maintain, keep practicing, keep learning and keep investing. 
 
Putting at least some of your investing on autopilot with super low fees is a great way to start.  Think of it as a commitment to the well being of future you. 
 
It’s the first bite out of a big dream.  Are you hungry enough to start? 
 
** This is not a paid endorsement – I’m not cool enough to be a social influencer or whatever those Instagram models are called.**
 
This is me concerned for my friends and their future. There’s lots of great ways to invest.  Wealthsimple is just one of the investment vehicles that I use and have had good experiences with so far.  As always – do your research, find a place to save that makes sense for you. Whatever route you go – start now.**
 
 

 Find out more about Charlie David

 

 

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HIV+ Youth doc talk with Charlie David

“When the subject of doing a documentary on HIV+ youth surfaced it scared me.  That’s also how I knew it was a good idea.”

 
 

What inspired you to make a documentary on HIV+ youth?

I was in New York meeting with LOGO TV network and we were throwing around ideas – when the subject of doing a documentary on HIV+ youth surfaced it scared me.  That’s also how I knew it was a good idea.  I knew it would not be an easy film to make in terms of finding subjects willing to share their life and struggles living with a chronic illness that holds so much stigma in our society.  The most dramatic rise in new transmissions is in our youth – why?  It’s time we re-examine the illness and our ideas surrounding it.

 

HIV+ youth - Charlie David photo by Ronald Tan

Charlie David photo by Ronald Tan

What was your process for choosing HIV+ youth to follow in the documentary?

The face of HIV is the human face.  It does not discriminate.  It was important to me that I show subjects from different socio-economic backgrounds, a mix of ethnicities and sexuality.  It was not easy to find my subjects – I had a lot of people say no which is understandable.  Often HIV positive people face so much stigma within their workplace, families, friends, potential relationships and society at large that the thought of then opening their lives to be in forty-five million television sets in homes across the USA is scary to say the least.  Slowly and surely I found brave young people willing to share and the stories are very powerful.

What separates your film from other HIV related documentaries?

We’ve seen a lot of important retrospective films on HIV/AIDS.  I wanted to do something different and so focusing on the population that is most at risk today and yet facing a very different disease than the epidemic of the last thirty years made sense.  HIV is now a chronic illness meaning that it is manageable with treatment and the likelihood is that a positive person will live a long and healthy life comparable to a negative person aside from the burden of meds and facing the emotional and psychological stress of discrimination.

Do you think it’s harder for people to deal with HIV today than before?

I think overall it’s easier for HIV+  youth and people of all ages now because of the amazing advances in science, medicine and our understanding of how HIV works within our bodies.  We’ve had a shift in the first world from a fear of dying to fear of segregation and potential to find love.  In the end that’s the greatest sadness I witnessed in making the film – the fear these young people had of never finding someone who would accept and love them regardless of their HIV positive status.

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

    

Do you think this film will help others better understand the HIV+ youth of today?

In the film we discuss what it felt like to get the HIV positive diagnosis, the fear of disclosure, trying to make sense of all the information, building support systems, advocacy, and hope for the future.  Similar to the movement for racial, gender or sexuality equality – the first step is removing fear and that most often comes in the form of education.  The four stars in the film bare their hearts and souls.  They offer themselves as accessible and relatable and I hope that audiences will be able to empathize, to gain a greater understanding and to start seeing the human faces and not just the illness.

What can people do to help and support HIV+ youth?

I think the most important thing we can do right now is get ourselves up to date with sex education and the current state of HIV as individuals.  Then the individual can begin to marshal and politely correct her/his peers when a stigmatizing comment comes up.  That’s really step one.  We need to embrace positive people in our society and stop seeing them as fearful or the other.  That’s where the healing really begins for everyone.  I think we also need to listen to our youth and find out where we have failed them in terms of safe sex education.  How do we ‘speak’ to them through education more effectively?

Watch Director Charlie David interviewed by NeverApart Creative Director Michael Venus.

FIND OUT MORE WITH THIS IN-DEPTH ARTICLE ABOUT MAKING THE DOCUMENTARY, POSITIVE YOUTH.

 WATCH POSITIVE YOUTH on your favorite platform.

     

 

 

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