Good luck and hope it goes well.
Best of luck to you! I hope you have a speedy recovery!
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Good luck guy.
You and your family will be in my prayers.
Wow, it was really great to get up this morning and see all these replies! Enjoying my last day as a man with two testicles, there's just so much I wish I could have done with them...
To be honest, physically not feeling so great today, pain is a bit more severe than it has been in a while, the constant ache makes me feel a bit nauseous at times. I'm still happy, but also getting really nervous now and more so as the time looms closer. I've been under before when I had all my wisdoms taken out, but I'm really scared of that period of between being asleep and waking up with the feeling that somethings missing...
@Pigeonkill I know what you mean, but in the same respect when you hear there's something nasty down there that can be fixed by removing it, you want it out ASAP.
@GuruGaia Thanks man, that's really positive. Your moms obviously a fighter.
@Costau Well, maybe one ball of steel, perhaps the other ball can exist in spirit. Truth is, I'm not feeling as brave as I was yesterday. Thanks for the vid, it was actually Tom Green that made me aware of TC and its ability to strike so easily! I remember reading about his experiences years ago in a FHM magazine. I know exactly what you mean about letting family and friends know, that's why I have not told to many people IRL. I actually start to feel guilty giving people news like this. A few of my wifes friends know now, which is good as she needs the support actually. They will be keeping her company while I'm under. I'm sorry about your mom and wish your dad all the best, I hope he's having fun!
@Vay Yeah, I had the exact same feeling as I do not know how extensive the cancer really is yet. But it has such a high success rate that I'm feeling lucky. As I mentioned before, I'm not actually scared of the cancer, but of the treatment, if that makes sense. But I will do whatever it takes. Glad you were ok.
@blogmatix Thanks brother! Funny how politics and those involved seem even more silly and insignificant when you're having a cancer blown testicle cut out. Glad your friend pulled through so well.
@Randis Heh, might be for the best, I love laughing but its actually hurting a bit today when I do...and when I get back home from recovery? Will be interesting as I don't intend to mope at all...just hope I'll be able to laugh without busting open. Thanks for the wishes!
@TASmith Thanks I will!
@vineris Thanks man, I'll let you guys know how it went as soon as I'm able to.
@BlightedArt I -wish- I was manly, but like the Hootie song said, even dolphins make me cry (true) when the pathologist was taking my blood, she asked if I was going to faint. Can't bare to look at needles and tubes painlessly pulling out my plasma...yeesh. Yeah, I'm going to be using the recovery time to draw, definitely. (And play a bit of Skyrim of course.)
@Tim Murphy Thanks Tim! Damn straight!
@Raoul Duke Thanks man!
@Trixtar Thank you!
@ArtZealot Thanks AZ!
@Black Spot Thanks! I'm sure it will...at least I'll be asleep anyway.
@jpacer Thanks man! Yeah, I hope the recovery goes fast, I have no idea what to expect really but from what I've heard there will be some pain for a while afterwards.
@fried Thanks, I -really- appreciate that.
All this fantastic support really made me smile, thanks again guys!!!
And if there are different sizes for humans as there's for dogs, you obviously have to ask how large is the largest one available, it's (hopefully) a once in a life time chance to ask that!
Try not to focus on the pain. Easier said than done, but the more focus you place on a pain, the more painful it will become. It's great that you're communicating with people on the forums here and have a support group, it's also great that you have family members that can help you through this. If you find yourself having anxiety over the surgery, I'd suggest trying some mindful meditation.
If interested; Sit down either in silence, or with soft, chill music playing, make yourself comfortable with a mat or pillow and get in a comfortable sitting position, place your thumb and middle finger tip together and keep your index finger out. Focus on keeping this hand position and breathing. Take deep inhales in through the nose and exhales out through the mouth. I usually keep the inhale to a count of 8-10 seconds, hold for 6-8, then exhale for 10 sec. or so. Try to expand your breathing to longer counts when you feel like it. If you focus on your hand positions and breathing, eventually your mind should clear. If thoughts keep popping up, don't focus on them and keep your concentration on your posture. Enjoy the relaxation.
Remember the basics and make sure you're drinking plenty of water. Your body will need it for the surgery most likely. If your doctor gave you any prep information, follow that as well to the best of your ability. I've never had to deal with such a scary thing as the big C. I have a chronic condition, so I thought I'd share what I could which is some of my pain management advice. I will keep you in my thoughts, good vibes your way~ Stay strong.
Thank you Erin! You actually reminded me I need to hydrate today while I can.
I do meditate on occasion, but normally relax by working out and, of course, painting. Obviously I will not be able to work out for a little while now...but diving into art is a great way to lose myself.
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good luck dude.
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Best of luck and get better soon.
Good luck, Mike. Just think, you're one step closer to winning the Tour de France!
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Healing process was fine, no jogging for a while! I did almost faint when I changed the bandages for the first time, I was under the impression I had stitches, instead I had about 15 metal staples! Felt like Frankensteins monster! See 50/50 if you havent seen it yet, its a true story.
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dude, be strong. I wish you well through this time, and a quick recovery
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@Elwell: Thanks Tristan, yep he's come up more than once in conversation today. Never been one of his greatest fans, but he did help create awareness and inspiration for TC, you can't take his achievements away from him. He was actually in Stage 3 of the cancer! Gives me a lot of confidence.
@timpaatkins: Oh man! That was awesome. I'm so tracking that down. If I could score a little medicinal doobage, that would totally make it tolerable. Doubt that will happen though.
@seetsy I'll be strong man, thanks!
Best of luck for the operation man. I'm just happy it's a treatable one, I've had friends and family diagnosed with lung cancer in the past, and that's a major blow.
And I'd rather lose a ball than a lung haha.
I am actually reading more and more of Mr Armstrongs story now. About his initial diagnosis and discovery. I never delved into it as much as what I am now. What's amazing is this:
That is -exactly- what happened to me....thought I had a torsion thing or epididymitis, or some sort of infection thing, and (my doctor) thought that at first. And just to be safe, he sent me over to have it ultrasounded to make sure there's not a tumor there...so then I automatically said, OK, I'd better be prepared for the bad news because there's a small chance (that it could be cancer). So then the ultrasound tech was doing it...and I knew there was a problem, and then she said she'd better go and get the Radiologist...
Incidentally I just showed my wife this thread. She is really touched by everyone. Thank you. Haha she saw Elwells fire-jumping horsey and said "Oh that guy too!" (She's a secret fan.)
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holy monkey ball cancer....damn,
Best of luck duude !!!
Best wishes, hoping you'll have a safe recovery. /hug
Good luck and I wish you the best. I don't have anything clever to say other than the word "neuticles" and someone already posted a youtube about that
I wish you the best and I hope you have a speedy recovery. I'm glad you seem to have a positive outlook on things.
The surgery already happened? Is there a way to test your fertility? If so, have you done it, and what were the results?