The Big "C"

March 26, 2012  •  1 Comment

 

So I was diagnosed with Cancer on February 23rd.  Testicular cancer.  So there’s that.  It’s a touchy subject on a couple different levels.  A) it’s cancer and that seems like it should be a big deal, and B) it has to do with my twig and berries so I don’t know how much information is “TMI”.  

My first reaction was “Man, it must suck to have to tell people that!”  but the doctor immediately told me that it was a very curable cancer.  99% curable.  Dr. Krejci at Anne Arundel Urology was fantastic in the whole diagnosis.  He made me a priority.  He ordered blood work and a CT Scan right away.  They scheduled the surgery to have it removed for Wed February 29. 

The blood work and CT scan came back good.   So with no further treatment there’s an 80% chance that I’d be cured 20% that it could come back.  With one dose of chemotherapy, the chance that it would recur is reduced to 5%. 

So that’s where I am today.  At the infusion center at Anne Arundel Medical Center.  It’s hard to shake the stigma surrounding cancer and chemo treatments based on what’s on TV and movies.  I’ve been assured that the side effects will be minimal for me, but it’s still in my head. 

I don’t expect things should really change much with life.  In theory.  I’ve had a lot of time to sit around and think about things.  I’ve decided to do 2 productive things.  1) Overhaul my photography business.  I’m going to make a serious push to earn some real money with this.  2) Get in good physical shape.  I had halfheartedly started trying to get in shape before the diagnosis, but I’m going to make it a priority. 

So there it is.  Next time I’ll talk about physics. 

 


Comments

1.Webb~(non-registered)
My friend, there is no such thing as TMI when it comes to cancer! Seriously. Especially when it involves your "twig and berries". It's all about getting the information out there, if you want to inform people about it. I'm a couple of days late on this, but I hope that you are feeling better since the Chemo.
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