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Movember, Time to Grow Your Mustache and a Giveaway!

When Todd from Fearless Dollar asked me to be a part of this giveaway, I agreed because mustaches are hilarious. While I’m not able to grow one myself, thank goodness, I know there are lots of guys out there who aren’t shaving this month, and it’s all for a good cause.

Movember.com was a movement started a decade ago out of a simple idea to promote men’s health issues. It began with prostate cancer awareness and has spread to testicular cancer and mental health. If you think women are bad about discussing health issues, men are a million times worse. How many of you avoid the doctor because you don’t like to turn and cough?

I’ve also seen personally how men with mental illness are not accepted socially or even within their families. Being told to “man up” when mental illness is the cause of your problems doesn’t really do much good.

The good news is that many outcomes of these diseases can be prevented or greatly reduced with the right preventative and ongoing medical care. Hopefully, men, you’ll grow your ‘stache proudly this month and show your support for the men’s health issues supported by Movember

Have you seen how much disposable razors cost? You might not need one this month, but for later, I am co-hosting a giveaway for a $50 gift certificate to the Dollar Shave Club, what a grand idea!
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About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

26 comments

  1. Women are so much better about getting to the doctor and getting themselves taken care of. As a guy, it can be pretty uncomfortable sometimes to go and get a physical, but well worth it knowing that everything checks out.
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    • Sitting there in the gown that doesn’t really close in the back is a terribly vulnerable feeling, but worth it to know you are healthy or find things early if you are not.

  2. I certainly support the cause!
    We are just terrible as men most times at expressing whats bugging us. We end up getting stressed up, depressed and even execerbating some other conditions. It does help to shimy up a light on some men health issues and hopefully get us talking or at least acting.
    I wonder how I’d look with a mustache…should try out a crazy style this month…for a good cause :)
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  3. I haven’t taken part in no-shave-November but I have friends who have grown some really crazy beards in the past. I think the cause they are supporting is a great one, and I know firsthand how difficult it can be for men who are suffering from depression, mental illness, etc.
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  4. Totally agree with you Kim, about how men are told to “man up” especially when it comes to mental illness. There definitely needs to be a change out there regarding men and their health issues. Rick is fair when it comes to getting his yearly checkups, but he still despises the prostate check. :-)
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    • I don’t really like the old feet in the stirrups myself, but I know how important it is and how curable things are if you catch them early.

  5. Nice giveaway Kim! I agree, us men are SOO much worse about discussing medical issues and going to the doctor. I think I’ll be participating this month as I never really could in my old job.
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  6. I wish that Greg would grow a mustache/beard. He’s so cute when he does!
    I also agree that men seem more hesitant to go to the doctor. Greg hates going and he’ll make any excuse not to!
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    • Jim is OK about the doctor, but it’s literally like pulling teeth to get him to go to the dentist. Although he never seems to have any cavities. It just isn’t fair.

  7. I love this time of year and seeing all the clever mustaches! It’s really great to see such a fun movement come from guys because you’re right, they do have a harder time than women discussing health issues. Men are such babies! :)
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  8. I despise any facial hair beyond a 5 o’clock shadow but can totally get behind this cause.
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  9. I plan on growing out the hair this month! It is so much easier to not have to shave.
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  10. It’s a little bit ironic how men can be huge babies when it comes to being sick with the flu or a cold but than refuse to visit the doctor for necessary screenings and check-ups. Not that I am speaking from experience! :) A great cause and I’m glad you’re helping spread the word.
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  11. Love the cause…just can’t do the facial hair beyond maybe two days of growth. It would be fun though. My kids have never seen me in a beard.
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    • That would be funny to freak them out. I saw an interview with Ben Affleck about the beard he had to grow for Argo. I guess his wife and kids hated it!

  12. I just had my annual physical and my doctor says I have the stats of a 35 year old. Since I am 67 years old, that is pretty good. BTW, I have had my mustache for 40 years!
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  13. I actually saw a documentary about men ignoring their health issues up until it was detrimental to their health to do so. It’s all about the male illusion out society created to portray men as more manly if they shrug away a scratch or scar, or in movies, even a broken bone or two. It’s just something that will take time to change.
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    • My Dad refused to go the the hospital after he had a stroke! He was at work and they had to threaten to take his keys away so he wouldn’t try to drive home.

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