Alim was diagnosed with testicular cancer three times between 2001 and 2004. He was treated with surgery, radiotherapy and Cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug that Cancer Research UK helped to develop. Thanks to IVF, he and his wife still managed to have two children. “We are proof that there is always hope,” he says. “Cancer doesn’t have to mean the end of your dreams. I look at my children and see them as my little miracles.”
Between 2001 and 2004, Alim was diagnosed with testicular cancer three times. “The first sign that anything was wrong was when I was showering and noticed a lump in one of my testicles,” he remembers.
Alim went to see his doctor and was told he had seminoma, a form of testicular cancer. He immediately had surgery to remove the testicle without needing any further treatment. But the following year, his doctors found a tumour on his lymph nodes, which was treated with radiotherapy. Then two years later, he found a lump on his remaining testicle, which had to be removed. He was also treated with Cisplatin, a chemotherapy drug that Cancer Research UK helped to develop.
Despite all the trauma, Alim and his wife refused to give up on having a family. “Going through cancer at the stage where you want to have children is very difficult,” he says. “We turned to IVF as there was no other option, but we knew it might not be successful.”
Fortunately, Alim and his wife defied cancer and now have their dream family. “My case is an extreme example, but we are proof that there is always hope,” he says. “Cancer doesn’t have to mean the end of your dreams. I look at my children and see them as my little miracles – I’m so grateful to have them.”
Alim, 47, is an employee experience consultant from Wolvercote, near Oxford.
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