Trevor Maxwell talks about his transformational cancer journey with Larry Hagner on The Dad Edge Podcast

Trevor Maxwell – From Diagnosis to Leadership: A Transformational Cancer Journey

Trevor Maxwell is the founder and CEO of Man Up to Cancer, a support community that inspires men to connect and avoid isolation during their cancer journeys. He is also the author of “Open Heart, Warrior Spirit: A Man’s Guide to Living with Cancer.” Trevor has been living with stage IV colon cancer since March of 2018. He has undergone seven major surgeries, chemotherapy,  immunotherapy, and a clinical trial.

Trevor Maxwell shares his personal journey of being diagnosed with stage four colon cancer at the age of 41 and the impact it had on his life and family. He emphasizes the importance of community and peer support for men going through cancer. He also discusses the challenges of isolation and the negative consequences it can have on mental health, relationships, and medical outcomes. 

Through Man Up To Cancer, Trevor aims to change the culture around men’s approach to cancer by normalizing shared burdens and encouraging open communication.

Larry’s Takeaways

  1. Isolation is the enemy of excellence.
  2. Peer support normalizes shared cancer burden.
  3. Communication and intentionality strengthen relationships.

What You’ll Learn

00:00:42 – Trevor’s Cancer Diagnosis and Fatherhood

00:02:44 – Turning Pain into Purpose

00:03:13 – The Emotional Impact of Cancer

00:05:34 – The Power of Community Support

00:08:14 – Emasculation and Cultural Expectations

00:10:35 – The Turning Point and Seeking Help

00:13:54 – The Ripple Effect of Community Engagement

00:16:43 – The Role of Children in Coping with Illness

00:21:57 – Personal Story of Vulnerability and Support

00:27:43 – The Vision for Man Up To Cancer

00:34:08 – The Impact of Cancer on Marriage


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