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If you are running low on workout motivation, this video will likely change that for you in just a few minutes. I want to introduce you to Brendan O’doherty. Like you, he is an avid watcher of my videos and a young man who was on top of the world in terms of his career, his life and his health. That is until his world was rocked by a diagnosis of testicular cancer.
Brendan had surgery to remove the cancerous testicle in 2014 and remained cancer free for a year, only to have it reappear a year later and this time in a much more aggressive form. Following 6 months of chemotherapy, he was given more bad news that the tumors were not responding and that in fact, another different kind of cancer had developed next to his spine that made it nearly impossible for him to walk.
Through it all, Brendan made no excuses. Why? He has every right to. What happened to him is devastating and simply not fair. That said, instead of agreeing with my sentiments, he chose to look at it as something much different. An opportunity to look deep inside and challenge himself to overcome this and beat it like any other obstacle in life he had faced before.
Watching the ATHLEAN-X videos gave him inspiration. They gave him a goal to point towards that he could say “I’ll be doing that as soon as I beat this”. He shared these thoughts in an email with me and it simply stopped me in my tracks. First of all, to be any factor at all in this man’s recovery is a humbling honor and one that I honestly cannot understand. That said, I relish the responsibility that brings and it makes me strive to give nothing but my best in every video I release.
As I read his email and became astounded by his courage, I felt as if I had no other choice but to do what I knew I had to do. I called him. Here is a compilation of some of what transpired between Brendan and I on our phone call. I was so touched by his story and bravery that I asked him if it would be ok to capture our call on video so that I might share his story with our millions of viewers to hopefully help someone else out there that may have felt despair when faced with a similar circumstance (or if someone in their family had).
No, there’s no workout in this video. It’s not about sharing the best way to bench press or my favorite leg exercise. This is merely a video that shook me to my core that I felt could be far more impactful than any great exercise or workout could be. The ATHLEAN-X channel is all about putting the science back in strength, but I will always be touched by the actual people that watch me and the stories they share.
Thank you for sharing Brendan. Myself, the entire team at ATHLEAN-X and the whole A-X community on YouTube are behind you! You can beat this my friend.