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Since most members are guys here I thought I would share my story. If this is not the right place please move mods.

Just got told on Friday I have a cancer, Looking back I can now see about when things were a bit strange but as a guy I thought it might have been from a riding injury or it will just go away on its own.

In an effort to save anyone from what I am about to go through I thought I would post up what happened so in the event you find something unusual you will have a bit of knowledge to at least get it checked out.

I waited nearly a year!

About a year ago I noticed a small pearl sized hard lump in my groin area on a muscle, thought nothing of it since I have had many injuries over the years racing and riding.

About 6 months ago I noticed a testical getting different in size and firmness then it grew to the size of a walnut. I again thought it might be a bike riding related injury...no pain so why worry was what I thought.

I mentioned it to a few other racing friends that may have nutted themselves and they said not to worry too much and it should go away, The last few weeks it has started to change and go back to "normal" But what I just found out was the cancer is now eating the healthy tissue and thats why the size is changing. If I didnt have the specialist appointment coming up I would have not worried anymore which would have been a very bad thing.

So 5 months ago I tell my doc and he proceeds to send me to various doctors and tests, each time weeks pass before i can get in to see them. Ultrsound, MRI, ect. Then finaly a specialist on Fri, In a matter of seconds after reviweing the test results he tells me I have a tumour and it needs to come out ASAP! So now I get sent for more blood test to see if there are markers in my blood to check if it has spread....

This is a disease that affects guys from 15 - 40 years of age and is kinda rare for older men ,40 plus. Since most of you are a bit older than 15 but in the 20-40 range it is something that will get at least 1-3 of you.

So if you do notice any strange stuff get it checked out. Do a self exam like girls do for breast cancer, check with yourself monthly. There should be nothing in around there that is hard. Well except for that other fun thing.

I go in for an operation this week, then I think I find out about chemo or treatments.

Lance Armstrong went through the same thing and got faster.....Hmmmm

Maybe I come out of retirement and race again???

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ha i like that little last part. i hope your doing well. My friend had testicular cancer and is now clear. My grandmother died of lung cancer. There are more stories. Im sorry to hear this about a fellow enthusiast and member. I hope all goes well.

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Got friends and relatives that have survived it. It's one of the more treatable. My Prayers and best of wishes to you and your recovery :thumbsup:

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Best of luck and stay strong. My mom beat out breast cancer like a champ, i know the chemo and all hurt her, but she stayed strong, lived very close to her normal life durning it (running, reffing soccer etc etc) I think that all helped with recovery. At least helped mentally gettig thru it.

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Came up with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma a few yrs. back after I went to the Docs with a liver laceration (crash) after the blood work came back also found out I had Hep. C. Did chemo for 2 yrs., sure it sucked, and I'm in remission now (5yrs). I go in every 6 months to have blood work done and get the almighty finger wave, so far, so good. This is a wake up call to us men to get in and get checked out on a regular basis no matter what. Hang in there friend and hope all works out for you.

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Best of luck, you will be in my thoughts. My uncle had testicular cancer (he smoked a lot) when he was in his early twenties. He survived and went on to have kids. You seem mentally tough so I think you will be ok :thumbsup:

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i had a stage 3 lymphoma last year ,8 months of chemo and still recovering , went back to work for the first time 12 days ago after a year and a half . and i really pushed myslef to go back , my oncologist wanted me to take at least another 6 months .

if i had gone to the doctor 3 months prior to when i did because of these strange things like waking up drenched or having a huge left shoulder , feeling like crap all the time being ridiculously tired , chest pains etc . i probably could of gotten in there at stage 1 or 2 . instead of good ol 3 .

i walked into my family doctor and he took one look at me asked me three questions and told me what i had . a few tests later it was confirmed. how simple would of that been , would of saved me 8 months of chemo , could of gotten one or two raidation treatments or 1 or 2 chemo treatments instead of 20 .

moral of the story is , if you have a problem just go to the doctor . trust me on that one .

anyone and everyone can get cancer for absolutely no reason at all . i know i did . cancer is a funny thing , i know it was one of the worst and best things that ever happened to me . i even ended up raising around 10k for the local cancer ward .

where do you live dirt rider ? im in kamloops we have a great clinic .

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I have two family members who sought treatment at Loma Linda here in CA. Both were treated sucessfully with a method called, Proton Theraphy Treatment. It's very precise and doesn't destroy/irradicate the healthy areas of your body in the process.

There's lots of info on it and more areas within the US are now offering this treatment. You may want to check into it to see if your even a candiate for this type of treatment with your particular cancer and which stage you have.

Watch vids, may save your life and preserve other areas of function... (prostate cancer with/tumor is an excellant example using this type of treament ~ cured my uncle!!). Not sure if available in BC, maybe another area in Canada??

http://www.protons.com/proton-therapy/proton-videos/index.html

Best wishes to you!!

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Dirt-Rider:

How old are you?

Have any pain, ever? I know early on you said no, but no pain is kinda scary...

Fever?

Seems like it can sneak up on you!

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