Primary Testicular Non Hodgkin's lymphoma (Stage 4)
Twist on Cancer:
I thank cancer for helping me realize a deeper love of my family. I was never alone during my battle with cancer. Old friends, new friends, neighbors and co-workers but especially my family (Kendall, Kara, Matty, Meema, Beth, Sheila, Tracy & LaLa) stood by me every day and made sure I was strong and loved. Especially when I had unexpected visits to the ER & overnights at the hospital, they were there for me every single day (even when I didn’t want them 😊). The hospital is a sad and lonely place, but not when your family is with you.
I am also grateful for the perspective I gained about personal suffering. No matter how bad I felt I found that someone always had it much worse than I did. Whether it was feeling sorry for myself when they called my surgery group – and in it was a 4 year old child and much older man, or in the middle of radiation when I was feeling crappy, but then talked to a friend I had met in the locker room, and found he had twice as many treatments LEFT as I had in total, I realized how lucky I was.
I also want to thank Dr. Scott Eggener, Dr Sonali Smith, Dr Stanley Liau and the nurses and staff at the University of Chicago for the care I received. Also, to the staff at Edward Hospital for taking care of me after I developed a nasty infection in my port.