Check One Two

Welcome to Check One Two a Cahonas Podcast, where we give you the lowdown on testicular cancer by sharing the inspiring stories of survivors and advocates. Cahonas is a leading charity dedicated to Testicular cancer awareness education and support. With our far-reaching campaigns and unwavering determination to ensure all case of testicular cancer are treated at the earliest stage possible, we strive to make a significant difference on the lives of those affected by testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is something that affects men of all ages, but awareness and early detection can make all the difference. On this podcast, we’re here to educate, inspire, and empower you to take charge of your own health. So, whether you’re a survivor, an advocate, or just someone looking to learn more about this vital issue through interesting conversations, the Check One Two Podcast is your go-to for information and inspiration.

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Episodes

Tuesday May 21, 2024

In this episode of Check One Two, we are honored to have Scotland and Glasgow Warriors star Zander Fagerson join us. Zander opens up about his personal journey, sharing the story of his testicular cancer scare and the impact it had on his life both on and off the field. As a dedicated Cahonas ambassador, he explains why raising awareness about testicular cancer is so important to him and how he hopes to inspire others to take charge of their health.
In this conversation, Zander discusses the challenges he faced, the support he received from his team and family, and the crucial role early detection plays in the fight against cancer. We delve into his rugby career, his advocacy work, and his message to men everywhere about the importance of regular checks and being proactive about their health.
This episode is not just for rugby fans but for anyone who values resilience, health, and the power of speaking out. Don't miss this opportunity to hear from one of rugby's most passionate advocates for cancer awareness.

Tuesday May 14, 2024

On this episode of Check One Two. Join gamer and content creator Colin Templeton as he dives into an epic gaming discussion intertwined with Colins personal journey battling testicular cancer while having Cardiomyopathy diagnosis.
From reminiscing about classic gaming consoles to exploring the intersection of gaming and health awareness, this podcast offers a unique blend of nostalgia, gaming insights, and valuable life lessons. 
Tune in for heartfelt stories, gaming anecdotes, and insightful perspectives that will leave you both entertained and inspired. Don't miss out on this engaging conversation that proves gaming isn't just about leveling up in virtual worlds, but also about overcoming real-life challenges with courage and resilience. 
Hit play now and embark on an unforgettable gaming adventure

Tuesday May 07, 2024

Embark on a profound exploration of resilience and vulnerability with Ronan Boiteux in this captivating podcast episode. Join us as we navigate through Ronan's courageous journey, marked by moments of strength and introspection in the face of adversity.In this special episode, Ronan shares his deeply personal experiences, offering raw and introspective insights into his battle with testicular cancer. Through candid conversations, he reflects on the challenges he faced, the fears he conquered, and the invaluable support that sustained him through his darkest moments.Against the backdrop of his life's narrative, Ronan reveals the profound impact of his diagnosis, shedding light on the physical and emotional toll of his treatment journey. With authenticity and grace, he delves into how his experience with cancer reshaped his perspective on life, resilience, and the importance of community.Through his story, Ronan not only inspires but also educates, emphasising the significance of awareness and early detection in the fight against cancer. Join us as we celebrate Ronan Boiteux's resilience, courage, and unwavering spirit, and discover the transformative power of vulnerability in the face of life's greatest challenges.

Tuesday Apr 30, 2024

In this episode of Check One Two, we uncover Kris Kirks love and playing career in rugby, marked by his undeniable talent and passion for the game. As we delve deeper, we encounter a pivotal moment in Kris's life when he confronts a daunting opponent off the field: testicular cancer. Through raw and introspective discussions, Kris takes us on a deeply personal journey, recounting the challenges he faced, the fears he conquered, and the unwavering support that carried him through his battle with cancer.Against the backdrop of his athletic career, Kris reveals the profound impact of his diagnosis, offering insights into the physical and emotional toll of his treatment journey. He shares how his experience with cancer reshaped his perspective on life, resilience, and the power of community. Through his story, Kris not only inspires but also educates, emphasising the importance of awareness and early detection in the fight against cancer. Join us as we celebrate Kris Kirk's triumphs, both on and off the field, and discover the true meaning of courage in the face of adversity.

Thursday Apr 25, 2024

In this episode of Check One Two, we delve into the inspiring story of David MacPherson, a man who confronted the unexpected challenge of testicular cancer with unwavering courage and determination. Diagnosed at a pivotal moment in his life, David shares the emotional rollercoaster of navigating through diagnosis, treatment, and the profound impact it had on his family and future.From the initial shock of the diagnosis to the difficult decisions about fertility preservation, David's journey is marked by resilience and a profound sense of hope. He opens up about the complex emotions he experienced, the support system that sustained him, and the transformative power of facing adversity head-on.Through his story, David not only sheds light on the realities of testicular cancer but also offers invaluable insights into coping strategies, advocating for oneself in the healthcare system, and finding strength in vulnerability. His message of perseverance and positivity resonates deeply, reminding us all of the importance of resilience in the face of life's challenges.Join us as we explore David's remarkable journey, celebrating the triumph of the human spirit and the power of community in overcoming adversity.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2024

In this deeply personal episode of Check One Two podcast, we sit down with Damien Black, a courageous individual whose battle with cancer intertwines with themes of family history, identity, and resilience. Damien delves into the intricate tapestry of his journey, offering profound insights and shedding light on the intersectionality of health and sexuality.We begin by exploring Damien's family history of cancer and how it shaped his awareness of health issues. Damien shares the shocking revelation of discovering his testicular cancer without experiencing any symptoms and the initial emotional whirlwind that followed. He vividly describes the symptoms he eventually encountered, such as cramps and right-side pain, and the initial misinterpretation that ensued.Damien opens up about his experience with misdiagnosed diverticulitis, which ultimately led to the discovery of his cancer, and the subsequent diagnostic process involving chest X-rays, CT scans, and ultrasounds. He reflects on the daunting prospect of chemotherapy as his first treatment option and the pivotal role of "You Got This" box from Cahonas had on his journey.The conversation takes a poignant turn as Damien discusses the impact of his cancer treatment journey on his mental health, particularly navigating the loss of his mother amidst treatment. He candidly shares his experience with surgery to remove his testicle and the unique challenges he faced as an openly gay man when trying to find others to connect with that had been treated with testicular cancer.Throughout the episode, Damien offers invaluable insights and advice for LGBTQIA+ individuals facing a cancer diagnosis or undergoing treatment, drawing from his own profound experiences. From managing severe joint pain to navigating communication with healthcare providers, Damien's story serves as a beacon of hope and resilience for listeners grappling with similar challenges.Join us as we embark on a journey of vulnerability, strength, and unwavering determination with Damien Black, a testament to the power of resilience in the face of adversity.

Tuesday Apr 02, 2024

In this episode of Check One Two, we delve into the extraordinary life of Aaron Aby @AaronAbyMMA a mixed martial artist whose journey embodies resilience, determination, and the power of the human spirit. Aaron's story is one of overcoming immense challenges. Aarons life took a dramatic turn when he was diagnosed with stage-three testicular cancer. Facing uncertainty and fear, Aaron underwent grueling surgeries and intense chemotherapy, defying the odds and emerging victorious against the disease. But Aaron's struggles didn't end there. Born with cystic fibrosis, a condition that affects lung function and life expectancy, he has faced skepticism and discouragement throughout his life. Yet, fueled by a relentless drive to defy expectations, Aaron pursued his passion for sports, excelling in both football and cross-country running despite the limitations imposed by his condition. His transition to mixed martial arts seemed like a natural progression, offering him a platform to channel his resilience and determination into the cage. Despite setbacks and doubts, Aaron's talent and tenacity shone through, propelling him to success in the British MMA scene. However, just as his career was gaining momentum, Aaron faced his biggest battle yet – a battle for his life. Diagnosed with cancer during a pivotal moment in his fighting career, Aaron confronted the harsh reality of mortality head-on. Yet, true to form, he refused to surrender to despair, fighting with courage and conviction every step of the way. Now, cancer-free and more determined than ever, Aaron is poised to make his mark on the MMA world. With a recent win over a former world champion and his sights set on the Cage Warriors title, he is a shining example of resilience, strength, and unwavering perseverance. But Aaron's journey is about more than just personal triumph. It's about inspiring others to defy the odds, to never give up hope, and to believe in the power of resilience. Through his story, he offers a beacon of hope to those facing similar challenges, proving that setbacks are not the end but merely a chapter in a larger narrative of triumph and resilience.

Tuesday Mar 26, 2024

Thomas Kearins is an avid supporter of Cahonas and has raised money with a charity run.In 2007, professional wrestling referee Thomas Kearins jumped headfirst into the wrestling scene and hasn’t slowed down since.Embracing every opportunity that came his way, he rapidly worked his way up, calling the shots for major Scottish promotions before landing a spot at top independent promotion Insane Championship Wrestling in 2013.Thomas appeared on the biggest British independent professional wrestling event in over 30 years, ICW Fear & Loathing at The SSE Hydro Arena in 2016, and, over the years, has stood across the ring from WWE Superstars such as Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, and Drew McIntyre.In 2018, Thomas made history by becoming the first Scot to referee for the world's biggest sports entertainment company, WWE.Since then, he has overseen thousands of matches across the UK, Ireland, Finland, and Spain.Outside the ring, Thomas is a communications specialist, and was recently announced as the Director of Communications for ICW.

Tuesday Mar 19, 2024

Join us as we delve into the remarkable journey of Jehad Hatu, a resilient 36-year-old who defied the odds in his battle against stage three testicular cancer. Through chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, and a gruelling 13-hour operation, Jehad's spirit remained unbroken, fuelling his determination to pursue his dreams despite the challenges.In this inspiring podcast, Jehad shares his courageous story of facing uncertainty and adversity head-on, from the initial diagnosis to the setbacks and triumphs along the way. Despite the daunting obstacles, Jehad found silver linings in unexpected places, forming deep connections, and discovering the true value of life's precious moments.But Jehad's story doesn't end there. Fueled by his passion for craft beer and a desire to embrace life to the fullest, he embarked on a new journey – the launch of his own craft beer business, the Grunting Growler. Jehad will revolutionise Glasgow's craft beer scene, one pour at a time.Through his resilience, Jehad teaches us that even in the face of adversity, there's always hope and opportunity for growth. Join us as we raise a glass to Jehad Hatu's remarkable journey of survival, resilience, and entrepreneurial spirit.

Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

Join us on a deeply moving and inspiring journey as we sit down with Simon Feldman, a remarkable individual who has faced the unimaginable challenges of testicular cancer not once, not twice, but three times. Simon takes us through his rollercoaster ride of emotions, from the shock of his initial diagnosis in Australia as a carefree international student, to the devastating news of recurrence and the subsequent impact on his dreams of fatherhood.Through Simon's candid storytelling, we delve into the heart-wrenching moments of facing mortality, navigating the grueling treatments, and grappling with the harsh realities of infertility. But amidst the darkness, Simon's resilience shines through as he recounts the pivotal moments of triumph - completing the New York marathon, finding love, and ultimately, welcoming his miracle daughter, Aria Rae, into the world.However, the journey doesn't end there. Simon opens up about the agonising uncertainty of Aria's premature birth, the harrowing weeks spent in the neonatal intensive care unit, and the bittersweet joy of finally bringing her home.Simon's story is a testament to the power of perseverance, love, and hope in the face of adversity. Through his experiences, he offers a beacon of light to others grappling with similar challenges, urging them to never lose sight of their dreams and to find strength in their own stories.Tune in as we celebrate Simon's resilience, honour his courage, and uncover the profound lessons learned from his extraordinary journey from testicular cancer survivor to loving father.

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