Testicular Cancer Survivor | Testicular Cancer Prevention | Mosaic Life Care

Testicular Cancer Survivor | Testicular Cancer Prevention | Mosaic Life Care



In 2014, I started noticing some irregularity in my right testicle. There was a lump there. It was painful to the touch. It didn't go away. It wasn't a pain that just stopped. It would last a couple days sometimes when it was – when it had been touched. So, I became pretty worried about it, and it was hard to talk about, it was hard to admit. It took me a long time to even go in and see a doctor. I think it was a couple months before I even came in and saw a doctor. First, we thought it was just infection, and we moved on and later found out, probably 5 or 6 months later, it was cancer. Fortunately, there was just a couple of surgical treatments that we had that took care of it, and go back for regular checkups, and since 2014, at the end of the year, I've been clear of cancer, and so, it's felt like a blessing. I mean, when I found out that they thought it was infection, it was so natural for me to just take the medications that they gave me and move on and not think about it. And, it wasn't going away, it wasn't going away, but I didn't wanna worry about it. I still think I caught it relatively early, but it had spread. It had spread to my lymph nodes. and, ya know, had I followed up when I was asked, I might have not had to have that second surgery. It can happen, and it can happen early in a young man's life, and I think my initial thoughts, I mean, I was scared, and that's tough to admit because you don't want to think that something bad can happen, and, ya know, it's more of a fear for your family, and your family's future, but, ya know, I knew that we're gonna have to take care of it, and you had to accept it. It had to be accepted. The second surgery was enough to convince me that I needed to get people to understand how serious it was. It's no joke. It's a 9 hour surgery that I underwent that left me in the hospital for 7 days, and the pain was gruesome – gruesome. If you can spare one kid from – you can get one kid to understand how to the one kid that matters – how to self check and take care of it early before they ever have to go through rounds of chemo, or, ya know, the surgery that I had, you feel like you're serving your community, taking care of people, and that's one thing that I wanted after I had gone through that scenario was I wanted to be able to give back. My friend, at the time, was playing baseball in Drury, down in Springfield, and he couldn't come up and see me because he was busy, obviously, with school and playing ball, and he wanted to be a part of it. He wanted to be a part of my recovery, and he created willpower bracelets, and so they – a lot of people in the community were giving those away, and trying to help us with any expenses. Obviously, you just try to do anything that you can to help. That's why St. Joe's kind of a important community to me because they will stand up for people. They will come to your side and help. But that kinda gave the original women who started this at Mosaic – this camp, Mosaic – the idea for the name. I mean, there was the, "ah we got it!" It's tough thinking something's kinda named after ya, because, I really, all I care about is kids having an opportunity to be helped if they need it, and there's a vat of knowledge there that if the kids will absorb are willing to, and the group was fantastic last year in doing that. They were happy to be out there with those guys learning and that's, ya know, they can get so much baseball knowledge and then they can take, they can get some of the testicular awareness knowledge, in a non-threatening platform, and that's really what this has created. It's important because just the one time where you catch it, and you caught it early enough, and you avoid having to deal with long-term issues, that's worth it. And so, it needs to be taken seriously because I was healthy my whole life. I'd like to thank the people who have been involved with this. It takes a lot of time and effort to get these things put together. This is a great thing for our community and a great opportunity for kids to come out and get quality experience in the game of baseball and some life lessons so, I just want to thank everybody whose involved with it and the time that it takes. The Willpower Baseball Camp is a great opportunity for kids to come out here and be a part of, ya know, St. Joe's most popular organization in the Mustangs. They get to be directly involved with some of these players that have great knowledge of the game, and they get to be in a non-threatening environment to pick up some knowledge on something that could spare families a lot of suffrage in the future. It's a great opportunity, and we look forward to having everybody out here, and we appreciate Mosaic for putting it on.

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