I am not throwing the towel, I am getting ready to fight! But I need your support :-) Also in this journey, I wold like to promote men's health, both physical and mental, leading by example to those at my reach.
The hidden but perfect law of probable outcomes; I’ve dodged the bullet again. Results are in, and the evil is out, for now.
To all of you:
Sometime in 2015, I grew what looked a pimple on my shoulder. As most of us young men, who see ourselves as indestructible, I refused to get it checked, until I surrendered to pressure exerted by my mates.
The lesion turned out to be a Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC), which was successfully removed, but further checks revealed that this SCC was just a cry for help, as something more terrible was emerging inside: colon cancer.
Although it wasn't easy, and the ones close to me know it very well, I recovered. I survived.
The physical recovery was hard as I have been a very active person since my early twenties, thinking of my body as a perfect machine. But all that confidence and love for it shattered in a second. It took a while but I learned to love it again, and with the most intimate mind-and-body connection, we made it back to fit.
The mental recovery was even harder. To fight the demons of the mind, the fears, the hopelessness, the feeling of expiration, the depression; it was exhausting, and still is.
Now life has dealt the cards again, and I am beneath my third cancer. Skillfully and ironically placed on top of my jugular, poised to kill, it could not be removed surgically.
This is what I know today, while typing these lines, with a bit of shame, with a bit of hope, and I am humbly asking for your support to help cover medical expenses, and continue to do what I believe is one of my missions, to raise awareness on young men's health, and hopefully be a living example that surrendering, is never an option!
An update from a man, a father, a son, a brother (to life-siblings too), and one that loves you all very much.
I just had surgery on my neck to remove skin, muscle, vein, and some lymph nodes. It all went well. I feel fine and strong. The results from the pathology will be available next week and I'll send a further update then.
Thanks again for your kind and generous donations., and for reaching out to check on me. You have all made me stronger, happier and loved. I'll get to thank you personally as soon as I get the chance.
I am so lucky to have you all. I'll make sure I stay around, to continue to share with you what has been an incredible journey so far! Much love xx
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