Seminoma IIB

It’s been over 6 months since I found out I had a malignant tumor. On March 24th, I visited an Urologist and he didn’t save me from hearing one of the most shocking news of my life. After my Ultra Sound exam, I heard something along the lines: “Yes, it is cancer. Yes, it can be malignant. Your testicle needs to be amputated. You will need further treatment, either chemotherapy or radiation. But it doesn’t mean you won’t be a real man just with one ball…” OK. hold up. I was in shock. After I heard words like cancer, amputation, chemo, I couldn’t hold myself up from letting a tear fall. Is this really happening to me? I went outside crying. Smoked like 3 cigarettes in a row. And from that day, I knew my life would never be the same… To make the long story short, I ended up with 3 rounds of BEP chemotherapy treatment (Bleomycin, Etoposide, Cisplatin IV drug cocktail). I was very depressed during the whole process, but I had my family and friends by my side. I am very grateful for that. On July 28th, I had my latest CT scan to find out my Lymph Nodes are back to normal and am in “clear.” Never would I have thought I would beat cancer while still being a teenager. One of my goals before turning 20 was to finish a novel. I finished cancer. And maybe one day I’ll write a book about it.

November 14, 2011 by  
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  • fordek

    I just recently went through the exact same thing as you. I was diagnosed on november 11th, 2011 and finished treatment about a month ago. I have a question for you, after receiving bleomycin do you continue to smoke? Ive been a smoker for around 4 years and its kind of a big part of my life, and its been real hard trying to stop. And also, have you felt like you’ve had any damage to your lungs from the bleo? I have been short of breath quite a bit lately but I can’t tell if Im over thinking it or not. My number one concern is the lung damage from bleomycin, especially if i continue to smoke once in a while.

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