I am a testicular cancer survivor. I was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1975. When I was just a baby, my parents divorced, and we moved to a suburb of Detroit called Bloomfield Hills. I attended Cranbrook Kingswood School from kindergarten through high school. After
graduation, I moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where I earned a bachelor’s
degree in psychology from the University of Michigan. After college, I
returned to the Detroit area. I worked during the day while earning an
MBA from Wayne State University at night.
Suddenly, one Thursday morning in October 2001, my busy world came
to a standstill. At 26 years old, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I
couldn’t believe it, so I went to another doctor for a second opinion. He
confirmed that I had cancer. The testicle was the epicenter of the
disease. I went right into surgery. My left testicle was removed.
Although the surgery went well, my visits to the doctor did not stop
there. It soon became clear that the cancer had spread (“metastasized”)
from the testicle. The disease was making its way up my body. The form
of testicular cancer I had was a “non-seminoma.” That means it was a
mixture of many different types of cancer cells, as opposed to a
“seminoma” tumor, [...] continue the story