A New Chapter
On May 17th I graduated valedictorian from Curry College with a major in Communication, concentration in film and minor in English. Four years of hard work culminated to this exciting moment. The moment that the “real world” would become real and a new chapter would begin.
However, this new chapter, and my first challenge as a post-grad, would instead begin 11 days prior to graduation, on May 6th when I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The news came as a shock, but then I suppose it’s the sort of news that always does. Prior to the diagnosis I was sure the mass I felt must have just been some small, temporary problem – nothing serious. Certainly not the dreaded “C word”.
Six days before graduation I had surgery to remove the testicle, optimistic that this procedure would be the end of it. When questioning the Doctor if there would be any long-term effects of losing a testicle, he replied with, “Nope. That’s why God made two”. Phew! Just over four weeks later I’m pretty much fully recovered, with just some minor soreness and fatigue. I graduated walking tall, feeling proud, fortunate, and even awe-struck by an amazing (and terribly fast) four years.
Unfortunately the surgery was not the end of this chapter though. Dana Farber would be the next stop, where I discovered that the cancer was not contained. Blood tests revealed that there are “tumor markers” present, which indicate that cancer still exists in my body. It means I’ll need the more aggressive treatment of chemotherapy: 5 days per week for 9 weeks. There goes summer! The bottom line though: I am going to be fine. The type of cancer is extremely treatable.
I start treatment tomorrow and during these 9 weeks I am told that I won’t be able to work or do much else. Sun will be bad for me, I’ll lose my hair, feel drained, etc., etc. Fortunately I’ve been long-far behind my movie and book collection! Which also brings me to this blog. I’ve always wanted to start a blog….but never really found the time. Sure, it’s a less than ideal situation, but why not make the best of it?
I hope this blog can serve as a means of updating friends, family, and all my loved ones – all of whom I feel extremely blessed and supported for having in my life. As a communication major (and English minor), I’m pretty sure the blog is just as much for me though. A place where I can share my creativity, thoughts, feelings, and everything else you may or (quite possibly) may not want to read!
Speaking of which, I’m impressed if you’ve made it this far down the entry! I’ll try and be shorter next time, but I can’t make any promises…
I will end with this: I truly believe that everything in life happens for a reason. That there is some greater power at work in this world. And so, I do not ask “why did this happen to me?” with anger, but instead with curiosity and an openness to learn and grow. This chapter will undoubtedly be one of the most important in my life. I will embrace it. And I’ll do my best to share it.