The headline says it all – no burying the lead here! I did it! After surgery in October followed by 12 weeks of chemotherapy…I got a PET scan this week, which showed my lymph nodes were reduced back to normal – the treatment worked – my Stage 2 Non-Seminoma Testicular Cancer is in remission.
What a ride it has been. I’m still trying to comprehend it all, how I handled the last few months. and that (for now, forever, I hope…) it’s over.
I think one of the biggest reasons why I so easily (yes, I use the word easily, more on that shortly) beat this is because I caught this early. I felt the lump in my right testicle late last summer, and they were able to remove it and start treating me before it grew to a size that could have been a lot worse for me. I’ve said it before, I’ll never stop saying it – guys, check yourself. Have your partner check you, I don’t care. I caught this through a testicular self exam (click here to learn how to do it)
Back to that word, “easily” – I say that because overall through my treatments, save for a pretty rough 4-5 days at the end of the 2nd of 4 rounds of chemo, I think I handled it all really well. I was able to work, live life pretty normally, and just push through. Couldn’t have done that without the support of my family and friends, for sure. And I worked really hard to keep a positive attitude through the entire process.
I received my treatments – one week on, two weeks off, four times – at Maryland Oncology, I may have already introduced him to you before, but here’s the man that made this all work, my oncologist. Dr. Min. He’s a kick-ass doctor, and I owe my life to him and my urologist, Dr. Rhee at Adventist Medical Group.
So, what’s next? Followup checkups every three months for a couple years – they won’t actually call me “cured” until five years out, but, safe to say now, I am indeed cancer free.