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.