About John Taylor

John Taylor is a husband, dad of two, aspiring writer, and testicular cancer survivor. Better known online as "ThatJohnnyDude" you can find him writing in multiple places on the web about life and fatherhood, as well as a personal creative writing blog.

What Fan Loyalty is Teaching Me About Marriage


Though it may sound strange, the South Carolina Gamecocks have taught him a lot about what makes a marriage work.

100 Words on Love: Because There Is No Other Way


A heart lost to myself, found again in the glow of your tears

Things I Never Say

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There are too many things John Taylor doesn’t say to his wife. “Kind things, loving things. How my heart swells to bursting with love for her, how she is my soul mate and my best friend.”

How Do You Measure a Year?

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From an extramarital affair to cancer, the last 525,600 minutes of John Taylor’s life have been tough. But he’s going to remember it by all of the love that grew.

[Sponsored Video] No Longer Standing Silently

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“Cancer brought out the best in us.” John Taylor talks about his recent battle with cancer and how The American Cancer society helps us all.

Life After Cancer: The Suck of Survival

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John Taylor never expected that at age 30 he would be a cancer survivor . . . Now what?

Shout the F**k Up, Man!


It’s hard to talk about cancer in… male-specific parts of the body. But it’s way harder to have to fight it because you didn’t talk about it.

Staring Down the Barrel

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Until his first round chemotherapy is done, John Taylor feels like he’s staring down the barrel of a gun… There will be no celebration until the follow-up scans show success. Click or boom.

A Letter to My Cancer

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John Taylor, recently diagnosed with metastatic Testicular Cancer, tells his Cancer exactly what he thinks of it.

Being Someone Great

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John Taylor wants his children to be known for their greatness, not fame or wealth or prestige, but for their greatness of character. For that to happen, he knows he has to do better himself.

True Love is What Brings Us to Say ‘I’m Sorry’

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John Taylor believes the phrase ‘Love means never having to say you’re sorry’ is a trapped way of thinking.

Heart of Coal


John Taylor wants to know how to be a good man, and how to turn his heart of coal into a shining diamond.

Catch You On The Flipside

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John Taylor, The Daddy Yo Dude, writes about the agony of heartbreak, setting your ego aside, and the decision to delete his popular fatherhood blog.

Picking Up the Pieces

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In the wake of breaking his wife’s heart, John Taylor questions what it means to be a man.

The Long Road Home

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John Taylor lost track of himself for a while, but after a visit to the ER with chest pains, he is reconnecting with himself.

Fatherhood Real Talk: Am I Good Enough?

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In the face of tantrums, grown-up relationships, and trying to balance a career with kids, John Taylor wonders if he’s strong enough for his role as primary at-home parent.