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Lake Arrowhead, CA Meetup

Lake Arrowhead, CA Meetup •August 8-11, 2024 Register Thursday, August 8, 2024 6:00 PM – Sunday, August 11, 2024 11:00 AM Join the Testicular Cancer Foundation for a Summer Meetup at the scenic Lake Arrowhead in Southern California for a weekend of community, support, group activities (boating, surfing, wakeboarding, hiking) and more! All TC patients […]

What is Testicular Cancer?

Testicular cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of one or both testicles. The testicles are 2 egg-shaped glands located inside the scrotum (a sac of loose skin that lies directly below the penis). The testicles are held within the scrotum by the spermatic cord, which also contains the vas deferens and vessels and nerves of the testicles. [2] The testicles are […]

John Dougherty – PART 1 – Diagnosis

All seems good and we have a lot of options on the table. Let me do a quick physical exam before you go.”My wife and I had gone to see my urologist for some guidance on fertility. Up to this point, our attempts were unsuccessful and we weren’t entirely sure why. I was born with […]

A “New Normal” and That’s Okay

The great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche described his mantra for success as amor fati -a love of fate. He further detailed it to mean, “That one wants nothing to be different, not forward, not backwards, not in all eternity. Not merely bear what is necessary, still less conceal it….but love it.”There was a moment where cancer […]

#KnowYourBalls Survivor Story – Brent Dirks

It’s a weird way to think about it but I know my cancer was not about me. What does that even mean? It means that cancer helps me help others.I’ve always been a helper. I’m the oldest son of 5 kids to a police officer and emergency room nurse. I had no chance. Public service […]

Owning my Balltrasound

When I was younger, I was terrified to put myself out into the world. The few times when I did, I had a tendency to feel uncomfortable, abdicating the narrative of my own life to people who really had no business being the storytellers.It took time, heartbreak, healing, and a healthy dose of self-confidence (both […]

A Shout Out to the Caregivers: You Are Doing a Good Freaking Job

Sadly, there is no manual or guidebook for when your husband receives a testicular cancer diagnosis.  Did you even know what testicular cancer was? Did you know that it preys on men ages 15-34 years old?  Your world is suddenly flipped upside down and there is not a darn thing you can do about it.  […]

Love Yourself, Check Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day just a week away, love is in the air. Valentine’s is a day to celebrate loving and being loved. Here at TCF, we couldn’t agree more, and that is why we hope this Valentine’s Day you won’t forget to Love Yourself, Check Yourself (or your partner).A simple […]

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