Why You Are Here

My name is Joe and for me, cancer was always something that happens to somebody else – until it lands on you.

That’s why it’s such a shock – everything is up in the air and it’s a big mental effort to pull yourself together and get on with life despite cancer.

Losing my testicle, chemo and procedure hammers home what I always knew, but was never forced to confront in a real, tangible way – how fragile and short life is and how I need to make the most of it, on my terms.

That’s why I created Simplify Cancer Podcast – to share what worked for me and others who have already been down the road you’re on.

Simplify Cancer Podcast

The aim of the podcast is to increase mental strength and resilience in your battle with cancer.

Truth be told, cancer can be a very lonely place.

It’s hard to make sense of it all in your everyday life because it’s always there, at the back of your mind…

But you’re not alone! There are many of us who know what you’re going through and we’re here for you.

In every episode of this podcast, you’re going to hear from cancer fighter, survivor or a medical expert.

They know who knows what cancer is like firsthand.

Those who know what it’s like to be lost, angry and numb, all at the same time, and they are here to offer words of support and advice

Simplify Cancer Book

No one talks about the everyday reality of cancer and how to stay sane in this crazy world of uncertainty.

When you’re in between tests, treatment, word from your specialist, this constant uncertainty gets to you.

You’re constantly worrying and second guessing yourself: is this cancer? Is it spreading? Has it come back?

As a man, you are supposed to shut up and put up with it, but it’s not easy. And that’s what needs to change.

I believe it comes down to answering four basic questions in the book:

Why me?

Like a hit and run, cancer can never be fair, or just, or make sense. What you need now is to pull back the tide of panic and the crushing helplessness of it all and break the chain of non-stop thoughts about cancer.

What happens now?

When cancer is the last thing you expected, how do you start dealing with cancer in a measured, rational way so you make critical decisions about your treatment and everything else that needs to happen along the way? What to expect from your treatment, hospitals and the medical experts looking after you and how to keep your sanity in the midst of it all.

Who is going to help me through cancer?

How to get past the awkwardness of talking about cancer with people who matter, without being over dramatic and avoid sidelining those who want to be there for you, but don’t know how.

How do I deal with waiting?

Cancer is the never ending civil war where you are constantly waiting for something happen – more tests, next treatment, more checkups. You’re always on edge, in between test results, word from the specialist… You need to stop your mind from obsessing over what ifs and maybes and put your energy into something that is within your control.