Motorcycling and Cancer
**NOTE: I do not intend to minimize, trivialize, or in any way express disrespect in this article for cancer, cancer survivors, or those who have lost a battle with, or a loved one to, cancer.**
I am at risk for prostate cancer. My grandfather had it and my father had it at a much younger age. So, genetically, the odds are that I will get it, too. No, this article isn’t a pity party (and my Dad is doing well as a cancer survivor - which he says is way better that NOT being a cancer survivor. If you like, check out his blog, a lighter look at his experiences with cancer). Hey, you got to give your Dad a plug when you can…
This article is about things that are within our circle of influence and things that are not. My genetic risk for prostate cancer is outside of my ability to influence. Let’s say 60% of my risk is genetic and 40% can be influenced by my behavior and choices. So, I can say “Screw it - I’m either going to die from this or I’m not” or I can say “40% within my ability to influence? Just watch me milk the crap out of that 40%!” Anyone who knows me would guess that I’m much more likely to say the latter. I may still get prostate cancer, but I’m going to do what I can to prevent it (or at least delay it, slow it down, call it names, and be generally resistant to it).
Motorcycling is similar in this respect. Statistically, motorcycle riders are much more likely to be hurt, be seriously hurt, or even killed in a crash simply by nature of being on a motorcycle. There are a number of things we can do to better our odds of preventing and/or surviving those crashes. Some of the risk we can influence; some we cannot. So, we can either say “Screw it – when it’s my time, it my time…” or we can choose to ‘milk the crap’ out of those things we CAN influence. What are some of those things? Here are a few ideas:
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