If only discovering it had actually been as easy as we’ve made out in the comic…

So, yeah, I have testicular cancer. I had the operation to remove my right testicle yesterday. It honestly wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. Don’t get me wrong, it sucked and I’m in a lot of pain, but it’s bearable and I have some serious painkillers on board to help me through. I also have a small legion of helpers and my amazing wife on hand to keep me fed, watered and medicated while I recover.

I thought I’d do an FAQ since the same few questions keep popping up:

 

“Did they really have to cut off your nuts?”

Just the right one at this point, but yes, it’s the safest way. If you want the details you can hit Wikipedia here “https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inguinal_orchiectomy” and that has all the details.

“Do you need anything?”

Not right now. As I said my support is on point, but if I need help I will ask for it.

“How long will recovery take?”

I’m not sure. Could be a few weeks, could be a few months. It really depends on a lot of different factors.

“Are you scared?”

Yup. Less so now that the surgery is done, but I won’t know for a few weeks if the cancer spread or if we’ve caught it early enough. Currently all signs are pointing to it being confined to the testicle that was just removed.

“Are you OK?”

Mostly yes. I’m hurting, but I’m also feeling pretty lucky all things told. There are a lot of people out there in FAR worse shape than me. If they can be OK, I can be too.

“How are you so upbeat?”

Because I’m lucky. If I have to get cancer then getting the one they can cure is the one to get. I also have awesome family and friends.

“What’s going to happen to the comic?”

Cthulhu Slippers is going to keep going. If I need serious chemotherapy we might need to take a break for awhile. I promise I will let everyone know once I know what’s going on.

 

This isn’t a FAQ, but it is important. If you own a pair of testicles, or you know someone who owns them (or hell, even if you’ve only got one) CHECK THEM. If you notice anything abnormal at all, go to a Doctor and get an ultrasound done. When I first got checked my Doctor didn’t think there was anything seriously wrong with me, but said I should get an ultrasound ‘just in case’. I will be eternally grateful that she did. I get that it’s awkward as hell to talk about your nether regions, but believe me it’s better than the alternative. I considered not mentioning the cancer on the comic, but honestly if I can get even a few people to check themselves then it’s been worth it.

More news as it breaks.

 

– Andrew