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  • #16
    Originally posted by Paul54
    . You can't but wonder if there is an environmental NJ-TC connection.
    Hello Paul, welcome to the forums. Even though I'm still changing diapers on my youngest- my body feels like I qualify for the council of elders!
    As far as the NJ-TC connection, we have discussed just that for the Chester County, PA area. Who knows?
    Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
    Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

    Please see a physician for medical advice!

    My 2013 LiveSTRONG Site
    The 2013 Already Balders


    • #17
      Paul, as everyone has said, you will learn a lot on here, and through the TCRC Website.. And you will find a lot of great, caring people. Welcome to the forum.

      Racing for life, I can relate to what you said about the guilt. Time and time again, I think to myself, why him and why not me? He is so young, and such a great guy (my son). It's been very painful to watch him go through all of what he has had to.
      It's really hard to come to terms with it at times, but we just do what we have to do.

      Thankfully, he is doing well now.


      Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
      L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
      4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
      AFP started increasing3 wks later
      Residual abdominal mass found on CT
      RPLND 6/8/07
      Cancer in pathology-
      80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
      No adjuvent chemo and
      AFP normalised

      July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!


      • #18
        Welcome Paul - I just read your post to my husband who is 52....since Chris had TC at 20....I stressed to him to always check himself.even at his age..and his response was "I thought this was a youngs mans we all learned something today......we thought he was free of worrying about this...welcome....Mary Ellen


        • #19
          Hello Paul!

          Thanks for your kind words for caretakers, they were a much needed pick-me-up this morning.

          My husband started having mood swings about 6 months before he was diagnosed. He'd get extremely angry or weepy or excited at the drop of a hat, and it was bizarre compared to his normally mellow, easygoing personality. It started right around the time he started showing symptoms too-- catching every bug around when he was only sick about once a year before, and he got the lower back pain too.


          • #20
            interesting i also was very depressed really not my self for months before i was diagnosed at the time i thought it was my job stressing me out so i actually quit, about a month afterwards i found out it was TC could be another warning sign for guys to get themselves checked out