By CEH Intern Lawrence Tsai
How did you live your life during your early 20s? What were your focuses? Your significant other? School? Job? Figuring out ways to beat the beer chugging record at the local bar? How about health?
Like many young adults, health was hardly a priority for me. I almost routinely ate hotdogs for lunch, I stayed up until the morning hours, and the activity that came closest being an exercise involved clicking several hundred times a day on a computer mouse. Health wasn’t a concern to me, meh, that was an issue for later on.
All that changed when I was diagnosed with Stage I Testicular cancer at age 23. Initially I didn’t believe it –I thought, isn’t cancer for old people? Sure, young people can get cancer, but that’s rare, nope, can’t be me! A few hours after being told I “won” the cancer lottery, I came to realization and accepted the fact. Being a nerdy guy, I searched the internet universe for answers as to why I contracted cancer, but it’s very likely I will never know the cause.