Chris . 37 . Long Beach, CA
My wife and I were hoping and praying that whatever it was that was causing my left testicle to swell was anything but cancer, but it didn’t turn out that way.
In May 2016 I was in the best shape of my life as an enthusiast triathlete and runner, and that’s when I found out that I had testicular cancer.
Then we hoped that the cancer didn’t spread to my lymph nodes, but that didn’t happen either. By June I would be diagnosed as Stage IIB and it only seemed to be getting worse.
In August 2016, after a lot of thought and prayer,
I decided to undergo chemotherapy. It was the hardest thing I’ve done in my life, harder than any race I’ve ever done. Luckily I had very supportive friends, co-workers, and family, but especially my loving and supportive wife. I don’t know how I would have gotten through this otherwise.
By mid September I finished chemo and was so relieved and happy that there were no signs of cancer. Today I live each day totally grateful and continually humbled that I’m alive. I only hope to pay it forward and show love and support to others that are going through this. It’s the least we can do.
Feel free to read about my journey through chemo here: