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2/25/2017 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. Last June 2016 I was diagnosed with testicular cancer, I was experiencing some severe back pain around my kidney region. This was some cause for concern so I went to the doctor to get checked out, at first they thought I had a stomach ulcer because of the symptoms I was experiencing, after running a few more tests and doing a cat scan they had discovered that there was a pretty large tumor inside my body right next to my left kidney and that was the reason I was experiencing so much pain. The doctor said it was cancer and that it had actually spread up into my liver and my lungs. When I first heard this news I was at work and I got the phone call, I did not know how to react or even accept it, I was only 28 years old, it's not something I ever expected to hear at that age. It actually didn't set in until a few minutes later when I called my mom to inform her of what the doctor had just discussed with me, my first thoughts were death, typically when you hear the word cancer you think of death. This was a very scary moment for me, I broke down in tears and was very emotional, I did not know how to accept this kind of news. It's been about 8 months since I was diagnosed and I've had one surgery so far and have done several rounds of chemotherapy. So far the treatment has been working, it hasn't been easy but I'm getting through it, the cancer has shrunk quite a bit and I'm on the path to actually being cured. The next step for me is a bone marrow transplant and the doctors are feeling pretty optimistic that after this procedure it should wipe out most of the remaining cancer that is still in me. I want to thank God for helping me thru this difficult time, without him nothing is possible, I also want to thank all my friends, family, employers, and coworkers for all the thoughts and prayers and support you given me. I want to also thank all the church members that have been praying for me, I haven't had the pleasure of meeting all of you, but I want you to know how thankful and greatfull I am for all your prayers and support, it means a lot and I can't thank you enough. I'm keeping my faith in God and I know that he will help me get through this.