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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.


  1. Hi John, sounds like you went through some hard things and came out on top. But it’s hard to relate to your piece for me personally. Sometimes it’s easier for people to connect to your experience when you really dive and take us through your experiences. But with this piece, you touch on the trials and focus largely on the outcome. Which sounds like a positive thing for you, and I’m glad it is. But we don’t get to see much of the journey that led you to that place.

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    • Hello Erin! This is the third time I have tried to get a reply to go through. Not sure what’s up with that, but hopefully this is the charm.

      Thanks for checking out the post and your honest on being able (or not) to relate to it more personally. If you look back through some of my other posts on here as well as my blog, you can read more about the details of the events that I mentioned in this post. I didn’t do a whole lot of writing during those times and a few times stepped away from social media all together.

      The main reason I didn’t go into detail in this post was to put the emphasis on the outcome. That despite the fact many negative life events have occurred, it’s not the events themselves that will define who I am a year later. I just wanted to show people that it is possible to turn negative events into positive and character building lessons. That it’s the lessons learned that define us, not the events that created the learning opportunity.

      Thanks again!

  2. John I like the point of view of this piece. It is an interesting perspective. My mum is going through cancer treatment. Well about to start. Do you have any advice or know of any resources to help her to support her (other than just being doting children ;)

    • The best advice I can give is to be informed. Check out American Cancer Society or the Livestrong websites as they are both good resources on a wide variety of topics related to the fight against cancer. Get informed about the different medications, chemo drugs and side effects (if she’s having chemo), and be there with as much love an understanding.

      One of the best things for me was just being surrounded by people who smiled, people who gave hugs, and people who just generally showed love, understanding, and a sense of humor. Staying positive during the experience is hard, but having positive people around you make it so much better.

      I will be saying a prayer for your mom and hope that all turns out well in the end!

      Thanks for checking out the post!

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