My story began in May 2010 when I was diagnosed with Renal Cell Carcinoma (Kidney Caner). Scans revealed a tumor on my left kidney and I underwent surgery 10 days later and had a radical nephrectomy. This whirlwind happened just 38 days after my wife gave birth to our third child. Frequent testing showed the cancer had metastasis to the remaining kidney in 2012. At that time, I consulted with numerous doctors and ended up at Johns Hopkins to perform a partial right nephrectomy. The delicate surgery was successful with minimal side effects. Over the past couple years I’ve had additional tumors removed from my lungs and liver.
I take my life day by day and enjoy time with my family. Life is so precious. For me this is a small price to pay so that I am able to see my children grow. The fact that I have cancer is in the back of my mind, but I don’t sit around and dwell on it. I refuse to let cancer define who I am or will be. I think it’s important that those fighting cancer know there’s always hope. Treatment options are expanding all the time. When I was diagnosed only surgery was available for my type of cancer. Just six years later I have so many more options. Don’t be afraid to explore those other options. Someday there will be a cure!
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