Justin Birckbichler

Justin Birckbichler is a fourth grade teacher, testicular cancer survivor and the founder of aBallsySenseofTumor.com. From being diagnosed in November 2016 at the age of 25, to finishing chemo in January 2017, to being cleared in remission in March, he has been passionate about sharing his story to spread awareness and promote open conversation about men's health. Connect with him on Instagram @aballsysenseoftumor, on Twitter @absotTC, on Facebook or via email justin@aballsysenseoftumor.com.


My Magical Reading Journey

January 02, 2019

My journey as a reader and a cancer patient/survivor were both marked with highs and lows, but now are important parts of my daily life.

Finding Forgiveness For Cancer-Related Missteps

December 18, 2018

Two wrongs don't make a right.

There's Snow News Like Good News

December 13, 2018

Winter Storm Diego delivered two things... three days off from work and a set of clean scans!

How to Help a Cancer Patient During the Holidays

December 07, 2018

Tis the season to be jolly! Here are some ways to support a loved one with cancer during this festive wintertime.

One Cancer Survivor's Views on Religion

November 28, 2018

These are my thoughts on religion and cancer, but they may not be yours. Either way, I ask you to keep an open mind.

An Open Letter About the Misuse of No Shave November

November 16, 2018

Whether you call it No Shave November, Movember or Novembeard, it's important to remember it's all about men's health.

How to Write Your Cancer Story

November 10, 2018

As an avid writer about my testicular cancer experiences, I'm sharing my writing process.

How to Make the Most of No Shave November

November 04, 2018

It's more than the beard. It's about men's health.

7 Reasons Why a Testicular Cancer Survivor Doesn't Mourn the Loss of His Left Testicle

October 31, 2018

I may be down one ball, but I've increased in many other ways

I Miss Cancer

October 26, 2018

Though it's a weird thing to say, I'm posting this to help you realize that if you "miss having cancer," you're not the only one.

Conquering the Spartan Sprint After Cancer

October 22, 2018

I walked my way through the Spartan Race in 2016, battled cancer later that year, and returned the the Spartan course in 2018.

Why October Scares Me

October 15, 2018

It's not ghosts and ghouls... it's a reminder of the past.

Four Things to Expect in Cancer's Aftermath

October 08, 2018

These four lessons about what comes after cancer are truly powerful.

Advocating for Cancer Legislative Action

October 01, 2018

Here are a few tips how to get the ball rolling on advocating for new legislation to help improve care.

Living With Cancer's Uncertainty

September 26, 2018

Navigating the unknown is one of the hardest parts of living with cancer.

Bringing Education for Testicular Self-Exams Into High Schools

September 20, 2018

I blended my career as an educator with my passion for testicular cancer awareness.

Exercising Self-Care as a Testicular Cancer Survivor

September 13, 2018

As a testicular cancer survivor, self-care through exercise is very important to me.

Pulling the Cancer Card

September 10, 2018

The "cancer card" is one of the only upsides to being diagnosed with cancer... but when does it go too far?

Band of Ballers, Edition 2: Two More Guys, One Ball, and Four Men's Health Missions

August 30, 2018

Sequels always go bigger - and the Band of Ballers continues to grow

Band of Ballers, Edition 1: Three Guys, Three Balls and Three Men's Health Missions

August 30, 2018

Move over, Avengers. There's a new superhero crew coming through.

The Other Side of the Cancer Conversation

August 21, 2018

I realized after facing my own cancer battle two years ago, I was free to fly to the other side of the "I have cancer" conversation.

The Dark Side of Cancer and Social Media

August 15, 2018

If you're using your 'cancer following' to gain fame or profit for yourself, I ask you to reconsider.

But First... Let Me Take a Cancer Selfie

August 09, 2018

How I leverage social media to raise testicular cancer awareness.

Chemo Brain Returns?

August 05, 2018

Am I getting old or is chemo brain coming back?

How Cancer Has Taught Me to Just Say No

July 25, 2018

Not just an anti-drug slogan, it's a phrase that describes how cancer empowered me to make the best use of my time.

'I'm Not an Inspiration,' Says a Testicular Cancer Survivor

July 09, 2018

Words I use to describe myself include "survivor, activist, teacher, superhero geek and cat dad." Inspiration? Not a word in my top ten.

Post-Cancer 'Scanxiety' and Followup Imaging

July 04, 2018

I'm learning to expect scanxiety, and that helped keep it at bay.

HR2976: Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act of 2017

June 26, 2018

A no-brainer bill about student loans for young adult cancer patients that I spent a day advocating for. You can help - read to the end!

HealtheVoices 2018: Day Three and Beyond

June 22, 2018

Part three in a three part series about my trip to Chicago for HealtheVoices 2018.

HealtheVoices 2018: A New Mission for Advocacy in Day Two

June 20, 2018

Part two in a three-part series about my trip to Chicago for HealtheVoices 2018.