Tom’s Story

My name is Tom and my journey began in December 2008 at age 31. Testicular cancer claimed me, as it does every year to about 50,000 men worldwide (including 7,400 Americans) between the ages of 15 and 35.

Like most guys, I always used to avoid the doctor’s office. A few years ago when I broke my foot, I even waited four months before seeing a doctor. I was “tough”, or rather, a total fool to have delayed so long. Fortunately, I was blessed when discovering my cancer. I experienced unbearable, intense pain in one of my testicles, up into the nerves of my back; pain is rarely a warning of testicular cancer. It was impossible to be tough and not listen to my body this time. And that pain may have saved my life; the cancer had begun to spread beyond the initial tumor, but no other tumors existed – yet. With the type of aggressive tumor cell discovered, it was likely to spread quickly.

Normal life came to a halt, with immediate surgery followed by several months of intense chemotherapy treatment. Remission became the best birthday gift I will probably ever receive, delivered by one of the angelic nurses while [...] continue the story

The Truth of It: Mark

Mark is a health information specialist. He is married with two young children. Mark was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 38.

A letter from Jonny Imerman

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