So, my experiences with the hospital, you know, usually it takes a little while before you get seen. So she explained to the doctor, you know, "Hey, my husband's experiencing testicular pain." And then the person that was doing the appointments at the time said, "Hey, we need to get him in here as soon as possible."
The doctor told me to drop my drawers and I was like "ugh." I knew it was going to happen and I was just super uncomfortable with the whole procedure.
They kind of checked everything out and it's a little awkward 'cause you got to show some sensitive areas.
He has to touch it and make sure like, 'cause what it is, is like there's like a certain bump that they can feel and that's how they alerts them to the possibilities of testicular cancer.
He kind of looked over and he said, "You know, it's kind of good that it's pain. It might not be testicular cancer. But just on the offset, I'm still going to schedule you for an ultrasound."
And we do the ultrasound, very cold. That wasn't a very pleasant experience. The testicle was like extremely sensitive at the time too. So that just doubled the unpleasantness.
The radiologist comes in and goes over the pictures. He goes, "This is what your right one looks like." And he goes, "This is what your left one looks like." And the right one looked just like an egg pretty much. And that's how he explained it. And the left one did not look like an egg. It was kind of lumpy, kind of disfigured a little bit. And he goes, "In most cases this is more along the lines of testicular cancer."
The doctor came back in, he said, "Yes, we think this is definitely testicular cancer. Especially after the ultrasound result. We're going to send you to the urologist first thing in the morning." And that was when I kind of got hit by it.
A lot of people get really insecure about it. It was for me the same way.
I got home, neither one of my roommates were home. I just went to my bed, turned on Dexter and then like just started crying halfway through the freaking intro. Like I was just trying to distract myself, but it just all hit me at once.
I actually have talked to other people about it. And I have friends that, you know, there's a guy in our section that I work with and his brother passed away from testicular cancer. Just based on the fact that he had waited for so long, that it had spread so much that you know it was incurable at that point.
I didn't know who to tell. I didn't want to tell anyone. And then at the same time wanted someone to talk to about it.
I was a little nervous at the time. But from the research that I had done and, you know, it sounds kind of bad, but if I had to get kind of any cancer at the time, I was kind of relieved that it was testicular cancer. Because the success rate on it is extremely, extremely well if they catch it early enough.