And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
~ 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
This is a story about a time when I found that to be true.
April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month.
Testicular cancer is the most common form of cancer in men ages 15-35.
Every year in the United States, over 9,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer. Around 400 will die from the disease.
Do the math and about every hour of every day a man somewhere hears “You have testicular cancer.”
In December 1990, I was one of those men.
I tell much of my story here.
You can find more information from the Testicular Cancer Society.
Testicular cancer can be an uncomfortable subject to talk about. And, face it guys, it’s hard not to think about our “parts” and not giggle.
Giggle all you want, but don’t ignore the advice to do a self-exam and get to the doctor as soon as possible if you find anything. Anything. It’s better to know for sure than to wait too long.
I waited longer than I should have, but I was still fortunate.
I had a doctor who wasted no time. I had a wife and family who stood with me and a church family that rallied around us.
I would still wish that experience on no one.
But, it’s better to know for sure.
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