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Testicular Cancer Survivor
San Diego, CA,
I beat Stage 4 Testicular Cancer in 1999 and Stage 2 in 2004. My wife Mandy is expecting May 15th. We have many reasons to celebrate and participate in Underwater Healer project. We were told we had less than 1% chance to conceive. But thanks to hope, good energy, doctors and the modern practice of IVF, she is now pregnant! A very expensive undertaking, a GoFundMe page was created and successful helped fund the expensive procedure.
One way I can explain the feeling of cancer was the feeling of being trapped, secluded, and confined. I was in the hospital for weeks at a time and sometimes so confined that I couldn’t get out of bed. Only immediate family members could come in the room after they were gowned up and cleaned; much like quarantine. The freedom, calm, and limitless possibility of movement being underwater brings me happiness and takes me so far away from the confines of cancer and those dark memories.
We hope to inspire others in the same situation, whether battling cancer or survivors, that life and endless possibilities still await.
I thought the photo shoot went very well and easy. Erena made us both feel very comfortable – almost like you weren’t even there and it was just Mandy and I. The warm water was awesome, it added to the feeling of weightlessness. It gave me the ability to totally remove myself from anything else going on in my life and just be in the moment, which I think is very important for anyone going through cancer or rebuilding after cancer. I would recommend an Underwater Healer experience 100%! As with other things in life, and as I mentioned above, the ability to checkout for a period of time and have fun in the moment is important in the rebuilding and balance.
And we were featured on NBC news!!
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