Hi guys! My name is Jason Greenspan and I'll be a five-year Testicular Cancer survivor in November 2017.
In May 2012, I was a very healthy 18-year-old and in my senior year of high school. I already applied to colleges and was excited to attend my senior prom.
A week before my prom, I was watching television and had a simple itch. That itch ended up being the most important itch of my entire life. I noticed something hard; something I hadn’t noticed before. I went to the doctors a few days later and he said the words I never thought I would hear; “YOU HAVE CANCER.” When the doctor said those words, my world stopped. The only thing I could think of is what my future would be like. I was diagnosed with Stage IIA Testicular Cancer.
After having multiple scans, such as ultrasounds, CAT scans, and X-rays, I found out that I needed to have surgery. I never had surgery before and I was terrified.
Once having my surgery, I thought that everything would be fine, but after further scans and tests, there was still cancer present. I needed to have nine weeks of chemotherapy. This was the most difficult part because it resulted in having multiple IV injections each day, going to the doctors more than one should, and needing to watch every action I made because of my weakened immune system. Aside from all the negatives though, I was able to meet amazing people who are some of the strongest people I know. I finished chemo two days before Thanksgiving of that year.
Within five months, I was running my first 5K. The route went past the hospital where I received my surgery as well as the building where I received my chemo. To me it was a way of saying, “I won cancer, not you!”
I learned so much from my cancer journey and am now trying to help others by telling my story. I am looking forward to working with the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation to keep spreading awareness about Testicular Cancer and the importance of Testicular Self-Exams. To keep up to date with TC projects I'm working on, visit my website at www.JasonHGreenspan.com.
TCAF Ambassador and Board Member