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Fun With Cancer!

On a Friday morning in October 2002 I notice a pea-sized lump on my right testicle. Less then a week later I was:
1. Recovering from the surgery to remove it (radical inguinal orchiectomy).
2. Reeling from a diagnosis of Stage IIIa non-seminomous testicular cancer that had spread throughout my abdomen.
3. Facing 9 weeks of chemotherapy.

After a LONG 13 months of treatment and recovery, I completed the Atlanta Marathon on Thanksgiving Day and am now in remission. So, all you guys viewing these pictures: CHECK YOURSELF!! This site shows you how, and is an invaluable resource to anyone facing this disease.

These photos are in chronological order, from diagnosis to recovery, with everything else in between.

March 2nd 2011 Update: Twins! (yes, you can still have children after chemo)

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Bad News: 1st CT Scan Results
Bad News: 1st CT Scan Results
Pre-Op 1: Freaked Out!  (before Versed)
Pre-Op 1: Freaked Out! (before Versed)
Pre-Op 2: No worries!  (after Versed)
Pre-Op 2: No worries! (after Versed)
Post-Op 1: Warm Blankets & Good Drugs
Post-Op 1: Warm Blankets & Good Drugs
Post-Op 2: Smelling fresh meat, the vultures begin circling...
Post-Op 2: Smelling fresh meat, the vultures begin circling...
Post-Op 3: The Friendly Drunk
Post-Op 3: The Friendly Drunk
Post-Op 4:  $18,000 on surgery and I can't even get a longer bed?
Post-Op 4: $18,000 on surgery and I can't even get a longer bed?
Post-Op 5: Inguinal Orchiectomy Scar
Post-Op 5: Inguinal Orchiectomy Scar
Prune Juice, a necessary evil...
Prune Juice, a necessary evil...
1st Day of Chemo
1st Day of Chemo
pulling my hair out
pulling my hair out
It was falling out anyway....
It was falling out anyway....
pretty sweet...
pretty sweet...
Travis Bickle?
Travis Bickle?
newly shorn.
newly shorn.
X-Box saves the day! (Thanks Craig!)
X-Box saves the day! (Thanks Craig!)
The Healing Room
The Healing Room
Cap'n'Crunch Diet...
Cap'n'Crunch Diet...
Top of Stone Mountain (during last chemo cycle - out of breath!!)
Top of Stone Mountain (during last chemo cycle - out of breath!!)
Uni-corn? no...err..Bi-corn?
Uni-corn? no...err..Bi-corn?
My GED Certificate...
My GED Certificate...
Post-Chemo Afro
Post-Chemo Afro
10 Months After Chemo : Finished the Atlanta Marathon!
10 Months After Chemo : Finished the Atlanta Marathon!
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