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How Do You Tell Someone You Have Testicular Cancer? | Read Dan's Story — 'Good for a Grin'

“Your friends will always be there with you through thick and thin”

Dan had the diagnosis confirmed to him, he had testicular cancer.

Telling everyone was the hardest bit, once he and his wife Nat had got over the initial shock. With rugby mates, doing this over beer and a curry was the only way forward. Dan, however, didn’t gauge his audience very well and began before everybody had arrived, meaning he ended up telling the tale three times over. It took less than five minutes before someone

started taking the piss. Cheers, fellas!

Mates being mates, they responded in the only way they knew how. More beer and an in-depth discussion on the offending nut and its possible replacement.

There then followed a debate that would rival a UN convention on the probabilities of getting a really big replacement. Can you request a specific size and weight? Could you get an extra two – just how impressive would that be? Was it possible to acquire a titanium one? The grown-up, educated drinkers dis- cussed all possible scenarios long into the night. Everyone was a dedicated expert. Dan found the evening both comforting and highly educational (well, not really the last bit).

The hangover the next day was so worth it. The world was back to relative normality, life carries on. When the pros and cons were discussed, Dan decided the prosthetic route was not for him: there would be no replacement


Read more stories like this one in Good for a Grin, a book of stories curated and edited by author Brenda Burling. Good for a Grin is designed to open up the conversation about male cancer and get men to take quicker and more decisive action. 10% of the proceeds of every sale of this book is donated to The Oddballs Foundation.