About three months ago I was commissioned to write an article for Alive Magazine for November: Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. They wanted a reader-friendly article that would help people keep a critical eye on their own health.

That meant the wanted some of my light-headed humour.

I tried. I even took a week off to try to think up some appropriate humour for the subject. I could only think of one, and they didn’t use it.

It went like this:

I have a friend who worked out a system for making sure he goes  to the doctor once a year. He goes on his birthday. Then I learned his birthday was on December 25th.

I don’t know about your doctor, but if my doctor was summoned on Christmas Day to do a digital rectal exam, he would do it with the toe of his boot – not his finger.



Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is a newly retired ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a former member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at  or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.



  1. energywriter Says:

    Good article, Mike. Great information. I’ll pass it along to the men in my family. sd

  2. mikebroderick Says:

    Thanks Sharon!

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