Apr 29, 2003 - 4:07 pm
In 6th grade I knew I was going to get testicular cancer (don't know how or why), and when I was 21 it happenned. I'm 28 now. I was lucky I guess. I had the first surgery to remove my testical, then had the retropreneal lymphnode disection...which was 100% free of cancer cells. I went back for blood tests for 3 years, and I haven't worried about it since cause my lympnodes were 100% clear...I didn't have to do chemo, but I know I would have had to if I let it go for too long b/c one of the kinds I had was yok sac (if that makes sense to anyone).
Despite the silicone stories 7 years ago, my mom was a nurse & was able to hunt down an implant for me. I was happy about this b/c things just didn't hang right. In appearance you cannot tell it's fake, but it is a bit hard and, well, not MY testical.
I'm sure everyone who's had the lymphnode disection surgery can attest to the pain, not being able to sleep for days in a row, massive swelling, and pretty much complete loss of an athletic build (not easy to get back). Having a huge scar on your tummy is always an attention getter at the beach. lol.
For some time I worried about finding a soul mate. I didn't know if anyone would want to date a guy with one testical. I eventually met that special someone a little over 5 years ago, and it hasn't seemed to be a big deal. Kids aren't in our future sense I'm gay, so a low sperm count is not of concern. For those who want kids, I wish you the best.
Anyway, I've been searching for a board like this for several, several years. TC survivors don't have anyone to talk with; it's not very common & it's a "male" thing in guys generally not wanting to express their feelings. This board could be much more user friendly, but hey, finally there's a place!
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