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Week 116… Testicular Cancer? Seriously??

At this moment I am sitting on the couch watching the new Netflix series, Break Point, which chronicles what life is like on the professional tennis tour. While watching this, I’m becoming convinced that it doesn’t matter what sport it is, these types of documentaries are always fascinating. The way the producers, directors, and camera operators are able to open that window to allow you to peer inside that world is really something. Heck, I’ll bet that if they did one on darts, bowling, or cricket i’d be on the edge of my seat! It’s not so much even about the sport itself, but rather the people, personalities, and relationships that make it up.

In any case, I’m sitting on the couch watching this docuseries because quite honestly, I’m not really able to do anything else since I had surgery to remove a testicle after getting a positive cancer diagnosis about a week ago. I’m sure that I was as surprised as anyone about this news since I’m not exactly a spring chicken being only a week away from my 45th birthday and this was the last thing I expected to hear. I read that testicular cancer most often occurs in men between the ages of 20 and 45, so it looks like I didn’t quite make it out the door before the big C told me to hold on a sec. In the coming weeks I’ll have more testing and scans to determine what the path forward is going to be as far as to what extent (if any) chemo or radiation would be required. I’ll make sure to update everyone when I hear something in the coming weeks.

So it’s turned out that the last run I went on before things got stalled was actually not in the City of Edmonton at all. In fact it wasn’t even in Canada. My cousin and I went on a trip to Las Vegas to watch my beloved Oilers take on the Vegas Golden Knights in their barn at the T-Mobile center in Las Vegas, so my final run for the foreseeable future was up and down the Strip amidst all the fancy Vegas hotels. It is quite honestly a concrete jungle there and a great place to go for a tear in the morning when most people are back in their rooms sleeping off their wild night. Thanks Air Canada, The Edmonton Oilers, and The Edmonton International Airport for putting on such a great event, it was tons of fun.

I’ll see about trying to get back on my feet here as quickly as possible since these Edmonton streets aren’t gong to run themselves. I finished up Lymburn on my last run last week and am ready to hit the next Southwest Edmonton neighborhood of Ormsby as soon as I’m able. The Streets is gtting near 3000kms and $10,000 dollars so I can’t stop now! Can’t wait to get back out there and would just like to say a big thanks for all the support and positive messages over the last few days from everybody!

-Tim

Written by Tim L

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