Mike shares — in greater detail than ever before — his experience both finding his testicular tumor, being diagnosed with stage 2 seminoma, countless imaging, having surgery, lengthy recovery, and finally undergoing radiation therapy. And Paul divulges his comparable experience with prostate cancer.
And we talk about how hearing that you have “one of the better types of cancer to get” doesn’t make you feel much better, and the weird guilt you sometimes feel that your cancer wasn’t more serious.
We start by sharing three facts about ourselves that you might not know, then we tackle your questions!
We talk about our musical obsessions, past political activism, strange retail job stories, how we met, our adventures with conspiracy theorists on public access television, our respective parenthood and non-parenthood, Al Pacino impressions, Mike’s cancer treatments, desert island selections, and how we first fell in love with our favorite pop culture fandoms. And so, so many digressions.
Included in this episode are questions by David Gutiérrez, Grant Richter, Wesley, Tim Batson, and Gem Newman.
We are thrilled to announce that Radio vs. the Martians! has endorsed Whole Washington‘s 2020 ballot initiative campaign to create a statewide single-payer Medicare for All healthcare system in our state.
We’ve never overtly endorsed a candidate or campaign before — though you can probably guess our leanings — so we wanted to make our first endorsement an important one. Thousands of people die every year because of a lack of healthcare and we should have joined the rest of the world on this issue decades ago.
As fans of science fiction and fantasy, we love good stories. What sort of story do we want to live in?
Do we want to live in a dystopia where people are chained to jobs they hate to keep their insurance? Where people are buried in debt because they or a loved one gets really sick?
We don’t have to wait for skittish politicians to give us permission to change our story. We endorse Whole Washington, because we can choose a not-for-profit single payer system that covers everyone. We can live up to the ideal that healthcare is a fundamental human right. We just have to want it.
We sit down again with Tobiah Panshin to open up a bit about medical scares and Mike’s recent testicular cancer diagnosis and treatment. We dig into the heavy emotional weight that comes with getting scary news from a doctor. We also look at how the fictional depiction of cancer in popular media really doesn’t prepare you for the reality of even a highly treatable cancer.
Plus, we chat a little about the recent, strange anxiety about vaping, and how it compares to past moral panics like video games, rap music, Satanism, and Dungeons & Dragons.
Oh, and don’t vote for Joe Biden. He’s just awful.