Care During Chemotherapy and Beyond

Scott Hamilton - a survivor!

I remember I was tired. I thought I was just overworked, I mean I was on tour, skating, traveling, doing a million things. But then I had trouble standing up straight.

I have to say I was in pain, but I still thought it was from indigestion or something minor. I never imagined what was in store for me.

I went to a physician in Peoria, Illinois, and suddenly I was having all these tests, scary tests. It all happened really fast, but one thing I remember so clearly. I'll never forget when I first heard the words "You have cancer." At first, I was petrified. I was in shock. I couldn't believe it. A lot of things go through your mind, and sometimes all the thoughts aren't so good. But then, I made up my mind that I would fight and that I could do it. That's when I first said, "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." I really believe that.

I had so much support from my friends and family and the great folks at The Cleveland Clinic. There were some tough times, but the chemotherapy wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be. I was able to manage it and make it and I know that other people can too.

I have learned a lot from my experience going through testicular cancer, but I guess what I want to say is that the experience wasn't as bad as what I feared. The fear was worse. If people can get information, they can overcome their fear and make it through.

I did it and you can too. is designed to provide the latest information about chemotherapy to patients and their families, caregivers and friends. For information about the 4th Angel Mentoring Program visit