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article imageOp-Ed: It's you I'll remember, this Movember

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Nov 6, 2012 in Lifestyle
Dubbed the 'month of the mustache,' you may notice a lot of men in your area wearing one for a global movement called Movember, to raise awareness and funds towards men's health, which brings me back to the memory of the only friend I've truly lost.
Even more so, now that organizers have added mental health awareness to this year's Movember roster.
If he were here right now, I imagine we'd still be sitting around with friends, with the faint whiffs of a hot meal simmering away in the kitchen.
Never willing to settle for anything less than perfection, I will always remember our first pasta lesson, which ended with me laughing hysterically at the sight of him throwing some of the cooked noodles against a wall, making sure they were al dente.
These are just a few of the memories I have of my friend Patrick, and despite many of his great qualities, he battled with depression. Sadly, it was a fight he lost in the winter of 2009. To my dismay and enduring heartache, I received a phone call three years ago that my friend had taken their own life.
His death has been like a beating to everyone who knew and loved him, as it happened so suddenly. I've never spoken publicly about it until now.
Looking back, it is still difficult to remain unanswered, sometimes. I often catch myself wondering what could have been done, and if he could have been saved.
Regrettably so, if I have learned something out of losing Patrick that is never being afraid to show someone how deeply they are loved.
Now, with the Movember movement, every time I pass by a man on the street wearing a moustache, I will reflect on Patrick's memory. It is a subtle reminder that big steps need to continue to be taken for changes to occur. Attitudes towards improving health habits are difficult to improve without education and increasing awareness. Having said this, I'm well aware there are many more people like me, who've lost family members and friends to awful diseases, or tragic circumstances.
Beginning in Melbourne, Australia, the Movember fundraiser caught on quickly. Since 2003, millions have been inspired, in countries from all over the world.
And if Patrick is still teaching me, I hope his memory may continued to be honoured through movements such as this. For every mo' this month, I also wish reason, love and faith may prevail.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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