Napoleon Griffin on male breast cancer, diversity in rowing and the joy of sculling
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Napoleon Griffin on male breast cancer, diversity in rowing and the joy of sculling
Oct 20, 2021 Season 3 Episode 3
Patricia Carswell

S3, Ep 3. As many of you know, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, and had a mastectomy, chemo and immunotherapy, and since then I've been on a bit of a mission to inform people about things they might need to know about the condition. Which is why I was so thrilled when Napoleon Griffin agreed to come on the show. As both a rower and a male breast cancer survivor, Napoleon and I had LOADS to talk about.

You can find Napoleon on Instagram here

We talked about:

  • Coming to rowing later in life
  • Background as a track and field athlete
  • Discovering he had breast cancer
  • The importance of getting any symptoms of male breast cancer checked
  • The treatment and the mental battle
  • Second run-in with cancer
  • The financial implications of having cancer
  • Finishing treatment - regenerating
  • The resources available re male breast cancer
  • The importance of self-examination for men as well as women
  • Getting fit after cancer and the benefits of being fit in bouncing back (and outcomes)
  • Learning to scull in Puerto Rico with sharks and manatees!
  • Rowing vs running
  • Making history as the first all black quad at US Masters
  • Diversity in rowing
  • World Masters 2022
  • Plans for a breast cancer survivors' 2022
  • How cancer changes your attitude to life
  • Representing your country at international events
  • Athletes Without Limits


Information about male breast cancer:

Athletes Without Limits - encouraging people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to get involved in sport.