The day before my wife Aprille’s 40th birthday, she found out she was expecting our fourth child. However, shortly after our joyous discovery, I was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma.
When I first found out, I had a sinking feeling in my gut. I panicked at not really knowing what my diagnosis meant or what treatment options I would have available. It was difficult to not let my mind wander towards negative feelings and thoughts.
Once I had more information and a better understanding of what we were facing, I was able to view the situation differently. I felt extremely fortunate that my cancer was detected early and that I did in fact have options when it came to treatment.
A couple weeks after our daughter was born, I was in surgery having a laparoscopic partial nephrectomy. I can definitely say that early detection was life changing for me, and this experience has really taught me that prevention is key.
Taking part in Workout to Conquer Cancer this month reminds me not to be complacent and to enjoy the fact that I can physically work out every day. Cancer is too present in all of our lives, and I feel grateful to be fundraising to support the next breakthroughs in cancer research and care – including early detection – to benefit those across the province facing this disease.