After being treated with several rounds of antibiotics for what was thought to be in an infection in one of my testicles, I had an exploratory surgery to see what was going on. That was when I had an orchiectomy and was diagnosed with testicular cancer. We decided to go the aggressive route with the RPLND surgery and a triple round of chemo that I now understand was the exact regimen that Dr. Einhorn proposed. We then monitored Beta HCG and Alpha feta protein for follow-up. I was clean for two years until I started having the same symptoms again in the other testicle, and sure enough the markers followed and I had a second primary testicular cancer! So after another orchiectomy for the remaining testicle, I once again followed the markers closely along with periodic CT scans and chest x-rays. I now have been clear for over 25 years. Testicular cancer dramatically changed the course of my life, but I did not let it define me. I choose to live each day to the fullest with my wife of 22 years, and our two teenage daughters who we adopted through foster care. God has blessed me with a new lease on life, and I know sharing my story can help to drive awareness for early detection of testicular cancer.
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