One Couple’s Experience Conquering Testicular Cancer

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October 7, 2012 at 10:50 am  #1248791    

ro72

I’m wondering if it’s possible to share my husband’s and my story about his struggle with Testicular cancer? My blog Rogoodman.com contains no adware and I’m not profiting by letting others read my manuscript.
My name is Roberta Goodman and my husband was thirty-six years old when he was diagnosed with Testicular cancer at the beginning of January 2011. He had surgery and endured four cycles of chemotherapy, twenty rounds in all. As of May 2011, he’s been cancer-free. He went through hell and made it back stronger than ever and for this my family is grateful. He does have lingering permanent side effects from the chemo, but thankfully they’re not life-threatening. They’re uncomfortable at times, but Eric has learned to live with them.
Back when he was diagnosed, I chose to write about what we were going through because I needed a way to cope. I also wanted a way to educate people about what chemotherapy entails. In articulating what we went through, I hoped to give hope to those who have been diagnosed or have loved ones or friends with this disease. I’ve decided to post it on my blog in an attempt to reach anyone who would like to read what my family went through. Parts of it are extremely personal, but in revealing the everyday issues and or hardships we faced I hope to help others.
Click on the links below to read my husband’s inspiring story!
1st half of my manuscript(8 chapters)- http://www.rogoodman.com/2012/09/persevering-through-unforeseen-one.html
2nd half of my manuscript(8 chapters)- http://www.rogoodman.com/2012/09/persevering-through-unforeseen-one_22.html

October 8, 2012 at 3:00 pm  #1248819    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

Hi Ro, Welcome to Grace and thank you so much for sharing your and your husband’s story. I can imagine it was quite cathartic to write about the awful experience.

I have split your thread so you can have your own and hopefully it will be easier for others to find. It is now in the member updates section.

Good luck to you, your husband, and your young family,
Janine
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Your address to the thread will remain the same.

October 8, 2012 at 3:36 pm  #1248822    

ro72

Hi Janine,

You’re welcome, thank you so much :) I’m happy you’re keeping the links on your site. Some sites consider it advertising and have removed them, which is a pity. I’m not making any money by having people read it. I posted it because I want people to be comforted by reading it. I want to give them hope. It was incredibly cathartic to write about it. It gave me a little bit of control during an out-of-control situation. Thank you also for the well wishes. Eric is healthy as a horse now, which we’re grateful for.

Take care,

Ro

October 8, 2012 at 6:07 pm  #1248826    
catdander forum moderator
catdander forum moderator

It’s great to hear Eric is doing well and on his way back to normal; well I’m sure it will be a new type of normal. We do watch out for advertising but I think you just want to share your story. You sound like half a dozen plus members here including me who are helped by sharing with others in similar circumstance. Hope in an out of control situation is an elusive animal I think we all can use a little help with it.
Thanks,
Janine

October 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm  #1248830    
Dr West
Dr West

Thank you for sharing your story. I hope others can learn from it and have the unknown be a little less scary. I’m very glad he’s doing well.

-Dr. West

October 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm  #1248836    

ro72

Exactly, Janine. If I kept our experience to ourselves than the potential to help others wouldn’t exist. I’m usually a very private person, but under this type of circumstance I believe revealing unpleasant personal experiences will show others that they’re not the only ones dealing with a health crisis. You’re very welcome, Dr. West :) My husband is a very posititve person. He always has been and that didn’t change the whole time he was on chemo. I believe that definitely helped him recover more quickly than if he had been depressed about the situation. Don’t get me wrong, he wasn’t happy about having cancer, but he never felt sorry for himself and he never asked “why me.” He just dealt with what he had to do to get better. We took one day at a time.

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