Nothing is impossible, and there is life after losing a gonad … I’ll get it back in Heaven!
On 4 November 2010, during a visit to a Johannesburg urologist, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer in one testicle. A day later the diseased testicle was removed in a medical procedure known as an orchidectomy. The week following this procedure was one of many tears but more laughs, of some sadness but overwhelming hope.
As a Christian guy, I naturally looked to the Bible for hope and support and read the following written by a suffering guy called Paul: “We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. Through suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NLT)
In 2006 – before the cancer diagnosis – God orchestrated my wife’s first pregnancy, after being told in 2005 by medical doctors that our chances of having children naturally were virtually zero due to a variety of factors. Six months later, on my birthday, my wife discovered that she was around four weeks’ pregnant – naturally, or more precisely in my view, supernaturally. Our first child was born in June 2007 and our second arrived soon afterwards in September 2008.
On 4 October 2013 I received confirmation from my oncologist that my body has now been free of cancer for three years and on 31 October 2013, our third child was born.
The experience has been a perspective-adjuster of note and I am grateful that I detected it early and have been given some more time to experience the joy of being a father, husband and friend.
There is hope beyond testicular cancer … and it goes beyond even the grave.
Looking forward to the run.