PSA: Guys, get your stuff checked

First, this is not a pity party thing. If things go that way, comments get turned off or this post disappears.

I finally got a GP, after 20 years without having a regular doctor. Drop-in clinics just don’t cut it. So I see him, and he gives me a pretty thorough checkup. If you know what I mean. And he pauses, and checks again. He says there’s something he’s feeling, while examining a nut.

Not the kind of thing you want to hear. He explains that it’s most likely nothing, but it’s worth checking it out. He writes up an order for a scrotal ultrasound. I didn’t even know that was a thing.

I book the ultrasound, and go to the appointment. Super easy procedure. The tech took about 10 minutes, to get a full image. A couple days later, I get a call from my doctor. He wants to talk about the results. I think to myself “that’s good news, right?”

I meet the doctor as soon as I can, which is a couple days after the call. Not great sleep in the meantime.

He tells me they found something. That it’s not necessarily a tumor. But if it is a tumor, odds are that it’s cancer, based on where it is. They can’t do a biopsy, due to the type of mass or something – they’re scared that a biopsy would just spread the cells. If it’s malignant, that’d be Bad.

So, we get to play a waiting game. Another ultrasound in a few months, to compare. If it’s a tumor, it’ll be bigger, and we can figure out what to do then.

It’s not easy to be calm about this. I’ve had freakouts. It’s scary having to think about this stuff, feeling like my body has betrayed me, and hoping it turns out to be nothing.

So, really, I don’t have any information. We wait. But I wanted to tell everyone to get their stuff checked. I don’t think of a 42 year old guy as being the poster child for this kind of thing. But here I am. Something on a nut that probably shouldn’t be there.

I’m going to try documenting the process. This shouldn’t be a secret, and sharing it might help someone.

Get your stuff checked.

16 thoughts on “PSA: Guys, get your stuff checked”

  1. Hi D’arcy. My niece recently googled her grandfather’s name and was surprised to see familiar images from Joe Gatcha’s bench on the internet. I was elated to find that this is one of your favourite spots. I absolutely agree, and if you look directly behind you from the bench, that was Joe’s house for the last 30 years of his life, and mine too, along with my 4 sisters and mother. I love this spot too, so much so that I hope to live there again one day, (in my dreams). Sadly, my mom moved a few years ago. I thought you might like to know that Joe loved this area too, shared your love of nature, and he was an avid photographer as well as an avid gardener. I know he would love the pictures that you have posted to share the beauty of this area. I find it calming to know that his bench has served it’s purpose over the last 7 years that he has been gone, as we wanted people to be able to take solace in the beauty of the landscape while relaxing and resting on the bench. Sorry to post on this thread but found it was the most recent, and didn’t know how else to reach you. I will be sending good thoughts your way, and know that Joe will be looking out, from above, for you too. Be good.


    1. Shannon, that’s cool! I wondered if he lived on that street. It’s gorgeous there! I pass through every day, heading from Tuscany to the UofC. I often say Hi to Joe as I pass. He’s got a pretty awesome hangout spot.

      1. Hey D’Arcy, good to hear from you. Glad to hear it, as I do not get to the bench as often as I would like so happy to hear you are passing by often. My mom worked long and hard with the City to have the bench placed there, directly in front of the house and so happy she had success with the placement, as they had threatened more than once to have it moved, so hopefully that never happens! We had that awesome view from the front living room window and only wished that I had appreciated it as much when I was younger as I do now. Your photos are amazing and know why my dad chose to make a connection to someone like yourself. My mom lives in Tuscany now and was very happy to hear that you are enjoying the bench. Say hi to my dad for me on your ride in! And, as my Dad would always say, be good!

  2. You’re my second friend to be dealing with this this fall. The other friend is in his late 30s, so yeah it happens. They removed one nut, but he’s on intensive monitoring for 5 years but for 70% of men in his situation that’s the end of it.

    Hope it goes even better for you. Thanks for sharing, it really helps all of us.

    • Peace
    1. yeah. odds are, it’s going to turn out to be nothing. if it’s something, it’s probably relatively easy to deal with. good thing I have a spare…

  3. Making an appointment this afternoon, Darcy. I was going to wait another year because I’ve been lucky enough to have really boring annual checkups for my entire life. But you’ve reminded me that regular checkups are absolutely critical, even if you’re feeling great. Especially when you’re feeling great.

    We should all know this, but we don’t act like it, do we. So thanks for putting me and probably a lot of other hammer-headed males back on the rails.

  4. You’re always blogging about nuts now, I guess because you are one. I dig your bravery in everything you do, here’s to ya.

  5. Did you mention that you bike a lot? I wondered if it might just be something like a cyst.

    Whatever it is – it’s a good thing that it’s being monitored. ‘Watchful waiting’ can be a much better approach to take, even though it’s a scary time. I’m sorry you’re dealing with this.

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