How a testicular cancer diagnosis changed my life

Before I had testicular cancer, I was a really cynical person. I looked at the glass as half-empty. And I saw everything in life as just a struggle to get through. I’m not going to say that everything has a purpose now, but even the terrible things in our lives can be used for good. And looking back, I can see that a lot of good things did come out of having testicular cancer. After I was diagnosed, I learned how to be grateful: for the small things and the big things, the bad things and the good things. And I think I am a more positive person now because of what I went through. Choosing to live after my testicular cancer diagnosis My testicular cancer journey started in late 2013, when I was 23. I had just come back from an extended trip to Taiwan. The plan was to finish my last semester at the University of Houston, where I was studying business. But a few months after I arrived home, I noticed a lump on my left testicle. I had a fever, too. Immediately, my mind jumped to cancer, but I dismissed it as paranoia. Then I wondered, could this be the mumps? So, I went to my doctor. He didn’t think the lump was related to the fever. And he wanted me to have an ultrasound. The test was kind of awkward, but it didn’t last very long. I got a call early the next morning. I needed to follow up with a urologist. I tried not to worry. I met with that doctor a few...