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  • Don't make the same mistake as I did

    I've been considering this post for a while but a few things (including some Dutch courage right now) tells me to post this.

    Either early year or late 2017 I started getting a recurring scab "down there" which would resurface a day or 2 after being picked off. I figured it would go away but over time it became harder, then impossible to remove and things became more like a painful crusty wart.

    I knew I was in trouble but wouldn't go to a doctor for the stupid reason that I assumed He'd try and say I had something sexually transmitted and I didn't want to argue that if that was the case whatever it was would've had to lie dormant for 14 years. Pathetic I know.

    Finally in early July last year it got too much and I saw a doctor. When one of his first questions was "do you have private health insurance" I knew I was really in trouble. Referred to a specialist who thought it was a low grade Cancer that doesn't spread and could be removed without an issue. Had the op and won a comp the next day.

    Now it gets a bit more serious. What was cut out had been spreading and had spread to less than a millimeter from the edge of the area removed. I knew this before going to the Melbourne Matchplay comp. Got a call on the way home saying more tests were required. These tests showed possible issues so more very expensive tests were needed. A lymph node lit up in a scan and was removed in a very fkn painful surgery. Results say that things are looking good. Not quite out of the woods yet but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    Not after sympathy or anything else. Just saying something that I never thought I'd say after a 4 year stretch listening to my female co-workers whinging about what wimps their husbands were and being young and stupid assuming that I had to bottle everything up pain related due to nothing being as painful as childbirth. I'll never push a bowling ball through a garden hose but.....

    For f..ks sake listen to what your body is telling you. Don't try to tough it out if it seems wrong. If I'd gone much longer it could've been a lot worse if not eventually fatal.

    Thanks for listening to my rant.



  • #2
    I'm with you Rob. Don't look right? check that sh*t out!

    Mentally you fell a hell of a lot better too... knowing.

    Thanks for sharing!


    • #3
      I hope it all goes well for you now Rob

      Yeah fear and embarrassment can make most of us go into denial, luckily I have a good Dr that I get on well with, probably due to the frequency that I have to go in

      After spending 2 weeks totally bedridden with a broken hip 2yrs ago I no longer have any dignity to protect
      Winter is here and I'm still riding more than gaming, my current goal = 100,000 meters elevation gain for the year - well ahead so far


      • #4
        Men's health and their constant denial that something is wrong kills plenty of us. I know working in the health industry all my life and I still hate getting things checked.

        Rob has been very lucky and so many aren't. If this just gets one of us to their Doctor it was so worth posting Rob. good luck with the healing, you know where I am if you want a chat


        • #5
          Hey Rob, I can sympathize with what you're going through. If you make it to Pincade this year, we'll have a heart to heart. All the best on your recovery!


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