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In Spring of 1994 I had this pain that would not go away. After many trips to the doctor and emergency wards I was booked in for exploratory surgery. The consensus was that I perhaps had an abscess or infection of some sort in my right testicle. The doctors kept reassuring me that it was very unlikely that it was cancer because I was too old to develop that type of cancer and that testicular cancer generally doesn't hurt.
Well, guess what! I did have Testicular cancer, and my tumours were highly irregular, growing sheets instead of lumps and growing fast. That pain was the tumuor pushing the epididymis off of my testicle, surgeries and chemotherapy followed. It had spread into my abdominal lymphnodes and burst them, more wierd pain that couldn't be explained. When I had my second surgey to see if it had spread into my lymph nodes it was everywhere in my abdomen.
My oncologist kept telling me that I was going to be OK, but I never really believed him. It turns out that he was right.
I was very fortunate, the cancer that I had was one of the first curative cancers. When I was diagnosed most people had a very poor prognosis. Surgery, chemo, radation for some life extension with complications and an eventual unpleasant death. Remission was often the goal. Cures were infrequent.
This has changed so much in the last 20 years, treatments have become less unpleasant and the marvelous word cure is used much more often.
Cancer is a wily opponent, it is an umbrella term for many diseases and each one needs a cure. That is why this work is so important. Please give generously today.
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