Any fan of swimming will recognize Nathan Adrian’s electric smile as part of the US Olympic teams during the last three games where he competed in Rio, London and Beijing. But before Adrian fights for a place on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic team, he’s in the fight of his life. The 30 yo just announced that he’s been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
For someone who has lived much of his life/career in the public eye, Adrian plans to share his journey to help destigmatize the issues surrounding testicular cancer. From his Instagram account.
“Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what, may be chasing you down. Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn’t seem quite right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good. I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo! Along the way, I hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men’s health issues. I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore the potential warning signs, and put off getting the medical help that we may need. As I told my family, I’ll be putting my public health degree to work a little sooner than I planned! But in all seriousness, I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable. I am extremely grateful for my family and friends, especially my wife, for their love and support. I am scheduled for surgery early next week and will provide an update soon.” #menshealth#testicularcancer #standuptocancer
Woman are very upfront (pun intended) about breast cancer, but when it comes to testicular cancer men are pretty sackless (pun intended). Women have no problem talking openly about mammograms and self-exams but when was the last time you checked your boys?
Nathan Adrian could have very easily kept his story private or waited until it all over before sharing, but the fact that he didn’t speaks volumes about him as person and concern for other men. It’s also why his story deserves to be amplified.
Best of luck and health to Nathan and we thank him for his courage in sharing his story with us.
If it takes some man candy to get men to pay attention to their own health, we doubt he’ll mind. From Nathan Adrian’s Instagram
And in case you forgot, Nathan Adrian was featured in the 2016 ESPN Body Issue
(Main photo credit: ESPN Body Issue)