Tai Le

First post: 8/9/2017 Latest post: 10/16/2017
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- Background

Earlier this year, (2017) I’ve noticed that one of my testicles was larger than the other. Like most people, I waited to see if the size would normalize. After six weeks, it didn’t improve. During this time, I didn’t experience any pain. Day to day functions was normal and I physically felt fine. I decided to go visit my doctor. After a quick checkup, my doctor directed to get an ultrasound.

March 3, 2017

- I went in to get an ultrasound. Not knowing what the results were I had to wait two weeks to see a Urologist.

March 17, 2017

- The day had finally come for me to visit the Urologist to go over the results of my ultra sound. This was the scariest day of my life. Not knowing what to expect, my closest friends were with me the whole time for support. The results were not good. The Urologist told me that the ultrasound showed there was a tumor, and I need to have it removed ASAP.

March 21, 2017

- Four days after finding out, I went in for surgery to have one of my testicles removed along with the tumor. The tumor in size was about the size of an egg. The surgery went well and recovery took about a week.

March 23, 2017

- I went in for my post-surgery CAT scan.

April 6, 2017

- Today, was my 1st meeting with my Oncologist. This meeting was to go over my recovery, biopsy of the tumor, CAT scan, and blood work. (Results Below)

Stage I 95% survival rate

Tumor was Seminoma (malignant cell)

CAT scan shows that there were no signs of the tumor cell spreading

Blood shows that my levels have normalized

After the great results of the tests, the Oncologist gave me an outcome. The only thing further for me was to get blood work done and CAT scan every three months. I walked out of the office with huge relief and ready to bounce back stronger and healthier.

July 3, 2017

- This is my 1st post surgery blood work and CAT scan

July 13, 2017

- Visit with my Oncologist to review the blood work and CAT scan.

This was a rough day for me. The doctor told me that my blood work was normal, but the CAT scan was a different story. My doctor told me the scan showed there were three 1 cm cells in my lymph nodes that were not present during the first CAT scan. He had three different doctors to look my scans to verify. My Oncologist believes these three cells are remains from the tumor and it finally showed up on the CAT scan. After it was all said and done, chemo is my next step.

Present

- So, after a few weeks, I’m here getting ready to go into chemo. I’ll update once I have more information in my Journal here.


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