• MALE BC

    A TALK WITH MY SON ABOUT CANCER

    One of the things that I have never talked about is when I told my son that I had cancer. I think that was the hardest conversation I had at the time it was happening, more so than telling my parents and friends. When my doctor diagnosed me with breast cancer, I called my ex-wife to tell her the results. We both broke down crying because we knew that our son, Vincent, would suffer knowing that I had cancer. As I write this, I am tearing up. I told my ex-wife that she would have to tell our son. I couldn’t. Not yet. I know that was a lot for…

  • BREAST CANCER,  COMMUNITY,  MALE BC,  MEN GET BC

    Stand Up For Your Beliefs

      By: Steve Del Gardo For the last several years, well mostly the last 5 years, I have read many articles, posts on social media on how people are imposing their beliefs on others when it involves cancer. Telling us how to use certain words to describe our cancer journey or how we should feel. Telling us not to use certain words or how we should live our lives. I have also come to realize that there are lot of negative people in our cancer circle more than the positive ones. And sometimes, well most of the time, these two forces fight against each other. IT NEEDS TO STOP! ALL…

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    Tough Love And Healing For Tonsil Cancer Survivor

    Written by Julie Poucher Harbin, Writer, DCI In December 2017 Robert Russell brought donuts to the nurses on all three wards of the ninth floor of Duke Medical Center — something he’s been doing regularly for the past three years. He started the tradition because he says it’s the least he can do for those who saw him through the “scariest” couple weeks of his life. In July 2014, at age 52, Russell was diagnosed by Duke surgical oncologist Ramon Esclamado, MD, with advanced stage human papilloma virus (HPV) associated squamous cell carcinoma of the oropharynx. The oropharynx is the middle part of the throat, which includes the soft palate, the…

  • BREAST CANCER,  MALE BC,  MEN GET BC

    Reinventing Yourself After Cancer: What is Your Passion?

       By: Steve Del Gardo It has been 5 ½ years since I have been diagnosed with breast cancer and since then I have been advocating for my cancer foundation, Protect The Pecs, in an effort to raise awareness about male breast cancer. It hasn’t been easy but yet I have found it has been rewarding in knowing that the message is finally getting received globally through speeches to writing articles for various blogs…..however, I want to do more with my life. It has been established that Steve Del Gardo is a breast cancer survivor, but I don’t want that to define my existence. I am more than that. I am…

  • BREAST CANCER,  LIFE AFTER BREAST CANCER,  MALE BC,  RECLAIMING MY BODY

    The Pitfalls of Dating After Cancer

      By: Steve Del Gardo Dating after cancer? As one man to another, one breast cancer survivor to another, let me tell you: It’s been awful. After my cancer journey was over, I waited three years to get back in the game, because I was taking Tamoxifen and it had several side effects that wouldn’t work well with dating. You know, attractive things like … hot flashes, rage, hormonal issues, weight gain. None of those are good on a date. A woman would think I was insane, an idiot, or an insane idiot. Not good! In September of 2016, I decided to get off Tamoxifen, so I could finally reclaim…