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One in eight fathers, sons, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including more than 161,000 throughout the U.S. this year alone.
This November, I'm putting down the razor and picking up the cause by participating in the Grow & Give campaign with ZERO - The End of Prostate Cancer. Together, we can end the suffering of prostate cancer, but I need your support!
Your donation will help fund research, patient programs that go directly to helping men and their families, free testing, educational programs, and more.
Please support me by making a tax-deductible contribution today! You'll feel proud knowing that you're helping keep families together and saving lives.
My Personal Web Log
I will be posting a new beard progress pic and following up with an update. I have been busy with work and staying inside quite a bit due to the Thomas Fire.
The air here in Santa Barbara, had been horrible and I even contracted a slight cough and chest cold due to everything in the air. Yes, if you saw me last week I was wearing a surgical mask even walking between buildings at work, it was bad! Today the sky seems clear and the air much improved, however coastal winds have started to kick up quite a bit of ash, making for some bad breathing again.
Regarding my beard its beginning to seem much more manageable, filling in to places it was bare and in general the longer it gets the easier it is to style, not at all how the hair on my head works :P Overall it is starting to look good and I feel like it is shaping up nicely. The only downside is that it is starting to get hungry, tasting all my food before I do, lol nothing a little mustache wax can't fix.
Lastly I wanted to remind everyone that this is the time for giving! Not necessarily of gifts or money, because if you have neither of those, give your time or maybe even your blood, or your face :P
I encourage everyone to seek out causes they care about or people that need help and do what they can. I will be donating to a couple causes per usual as well as trying to get in to donate some blood. Just a reminder of why this page is up: one in eight fathers, sons, brothers, partners, and friends will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, including more than 161,000 throughout the U.S. this year alone. Please let the men you care about know that prostate cancer is very treatable, if caught early, and that testing is fairly simple particularly with the PSA blood test. In general men tend to under report issues but if you have any prostate problems make sure to see your doctor, it could save your life.
Thanks for reading!
by Nicholas Tovar on Wed, Dec 20, 2017 @ 6:19 PM
Haha just realized the pictures I had been posting had just been replacing the older ones, so showing progression is difficult. I did post a new one however and it shows my beard in it's current chaotic glory.
Things have been better with it's growth, much less itchiness and poking, but now it sometimes catches what I eat depending on the consistency of the food, lol. Once it grows out a bit more I should be able to more easily style it to avoid issues like that.
Other than that it has been a hectic week. Monday night I only slept for about four hours since I was up all night worried about friends and family in the path of a very fast moving California wildfire. Thankfully no one I know was hurt, and their homes are ok. Unfortunately there are quite a few people in worse situations as it was recorded yesterday that over 150 structures had been burned so far. That count is probably higher today. Thankfully the winds driving these fires are supposed to die down by the end of the week, but until then our firefighters have their jobs cutout for them.
by Nicholas Tovar on Wed, Dec 06, 2017 @ 6:40 PM
Well, we are mostly through November and my beard has definitely grown in more, picture update to follow. While I can't say it is completely past the awkward stage, it's definitely not as itchy as it was and it helps that I am now using some tea-tree oil and some facial/beard balm daily. I definitely recommend this to anyone trying to grow a beard. Other than that I'm following many online recommendations and not trimming it at all, this is supposed to help show the natural flow of your beard and allow parts to fill in.
In other news, I had a great Thanksgiving with family and friends, I hope everyone reading this did too! I am thankful for the people around me that push me to do better and that encourage my positive traits, as we round closer to the new year, it only makes me think more about what I have done this year and the things I can do better with.
Thank you to everyone for your support!
by Nicholas Tovar on Mon, Nov 27, 2017 @ 10:08 PM
On October 28th I completely shaved my face, something I haven't done in a quite while, as seen in the picture above I normally keep a rather trim goatee. I wanted to try something different this year, maybe make a small difference in the lives of those suffering or who have suffered with prostate cancer. So I began thinking about growing a beard for no-shave November and raising some funds for research and awareness. I researched several cancer charities and finally settled on "ZERO - The End of prostate cancer." Given their rating on Charity Navigator and their mission I thought it was a great fit. So here I am, facial hair starting to grow in - awkwardly - and ready to embark on an epic beard growing experience.
by Nicholas Tovar on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 @ 4:40 PM
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