"In July of 2011 I had discovered a lump on my left testicle. After a big push from my fiance to go to the doctor, I went and had an ultrasound done. There was indeed a mass on my left testicle. Soon after I was referred to a urologist. After his assessment, strongly recommended a left radical orchiectomy.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer (nonseminoma, germ cell, embryonal carcinoma)on October 13, 2011. Lucky enough, I caught it very early at Stage 1b. I went through the orchiectomy and one round of BEP chemotherapy.
I have been diagnosed with testicular cancer twice. Once in May of 2009, and again in December 2012. The first time, I was numb to it. I just wanted it out. It wasn't that bad and I didn't even need chemo or radiation. I caught it in time. They told me it was an aggressive tumor and it was good that I came in when I did. But the second time was a little different.
The date itself should have been my first ominous warning. It was September 11. This of course was 11 years after the terrorist attack. A day that has now taken on an entirely different role in my mind.
I had been bothered by swelling and dull pain in my left testicle for going on three months at this point. From the beginning, the thought of cancer weighed heavy on my mind. But not wanting to hear that kind of news, or even anything close, I found every medical reason I could to stay clear of the doctor. That was, until September 11 of last year.
Michael Muriett first came in contact with TCAF on August 22, 2012, just two short days after losing his 19 year old son Justin to TC. He will gladly tell you that he thinks it is no coincidence that when searching for a foundation to ask people to donate money to in lieu of flowers for his son that TCAF was the first result he came upon.
Dane and I married on July 23, 2010 and on top of the world.We were best friends for 13 years prior to marriage and we were ready to start a family.
Three months after we got home from our honeymoon, Dane started having lower back pain.All visits to orthopedics, back specialists, etc. had the same diagnosis: a pinched nerve or a slipped disk.He was losing a lot of weight saying he didn't have an appetite because of the pain medication the doctor had given him.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in August 2009. I underwent an orchiectomy (removal of testicle) and told I was cancer-free. CANCER came back March 2010! April. I started 3 rounds of BEP chemo. July they said I was “CURED”. October CANCER came back more aggressive! Large tumor in my lower peritoneal (lower back) next to kidney.