In November of 2018 Nick became ill, the symptoms started out with the usual suspects of a flu or stomach virus stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting. After two weeks of persistent symptoms Nick had lost almost 65 pounds. Every time he attempted to eat something it would immediately and violently be brought back up. After much convincing Nick was persuaded to see a physician. Initially the physicians couldn't provide an explanation for the symptoms, after they had run extensive blood work and a CT scan. The CT scan revealed that Nick had stage 3 testicular cancer, the cancer had spread through his lymph nodes into his lungs and one enlarged lymph node was pressing against Nick's vocal chords which made it impossible for him to communicate through speech.
The day the diagnosis was given to Nick he was admitted to the hospital to rehydrate himself and start eating again, this was to build his strength back up for the surgery needed to remove one of his testicles. The surgery was performed successfully just two days after Nick was admitted to the hospital.
A week after the surgery Nick began his first of four rounds of chemo. Nick’s rounds consisted of a three-week cycle. The first week he had chemo treatments Monday through Friday for 4-6 hours each day. Followed by 2 weeks of Tuesday only treatments which would last for a minimum of 6 hours. The chemo had several adverse effects which are fairly standard for someone undergoing chemotherapy but nonetheless debilitating (hair loss, nausea, weight loss, loss of appetite, drowsiness, etc.). Some of these symptoms would lead to Nick being hospitalized for a second time, this time for a week and again for severe dehydration.
Fast forward to March 11th, 2019, at this time Nick was done with all four rounds of treatment and looking forward to another CT scan to ensure the chemotherapy had killed the cancer. Unfortunately, the news was the opposite, all the tumors and lymph nodes had decreased in size but were still visibly enlarged. He was then referred to a larger treatment center where they told him that the CT scan should have been performed about 3 months after his last treatment, not a couple of weeks after. So the most recent scan was nothing to worry about yet because the chemotherapy would continue to work over the next couple of months.
Nick is beginning to feel much better than he was in November and his voice is audible when used in small increments (he’s most excited to sing in the car again).
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