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What cancer were you diagnosed with? Testicular cancer

At what age were you diagnosed? 15

What has helped you to thrive? I have managed to adapt to an hakuna matata way of approaching life and my glass is always half full. I have then gone on to be lucky enough to work as a Male clothes Horse (or a model of you prefer that) and hope that me sharing my story can help at least one person to adapting your mind set to being a self confident, assured and most importantly grateful member of society.


Josif's Story

What's the craic?

My name is Josif Nolan. I am a 27 long haired dude from Birmingham.

First of all, I want to give you a quick insight into my story and how I have got involved with Trekstock...

Around 13 years ago, I was at Secondary school and attending one of those assemblies where you are dreading the next slow hour of information that you feel you don't need to absorb - of course as an adolescent teenager, you feel like you know everything there is to know! Luckily enough on this occasion I was handed a pamphlet - which I proceeded to shove into my pocket as quickly as possible so I could get on with with my attempts at ruling the world from a small secondary school in Birmingham.

Later on that evening after I had finished my usual hour long manic chat routine on MSN, I decided to wash my day away and soak in the bath (#bathcrew). While running through the mundane process of detangling and diving into the bath, I came across the newly formed ball of a pamphlet (pun intended) information on checking your testicles that I had shoved into my pocket earlier.

Taking a punt, I checked whether correct number was accounted for and if there was any unwanted additions into my mansack. On this occasion there was and after frantically digesting the what had just happened, I then turned to my Maaaa with the information who of course within 24 hours had me in a doctors surgery to have my mansack checked over.

I was given a vast amount of info, which I can only say went in one ear and out of the other as at the time, all I could focus on was whether or not I could play in my school football match the following day.

Unfortunately and I guess, more fortunately than anything - there would be no football as, in a whirlwind 48 hours, I had been into hospital, enjoyed some crazy vivid dreams (anaesthetics do that to me) and finally, I was in recovery mode with a new member for me to carry around in my mansack. The unwanted member and his lodger, who had tried to stay without paying rent, and a newly found war scar as I like to call it on my lower abdomen took its place.

The whole process and the fact that I had managed to evict the rogue testicle and continue as normal without any side effects did not really sink in at the time due to a variety of random events coinciding with each other which, in hindsight I guess, was pretty lucky.

Since then I have managed to adapt to an hakuna matata way of approaching life and my glass is always half full. I have then gone on to be lucky enough to work as a Male clothes Horse (or a model of you prefer that) and hope that me sharing my story can help at least one person to adapting your mind set to being a self confident, assured and most importantly grateful member of society.

Getting involved with Trekstock has been one of the proudest moments of my whirlwind 27 years on this earth and it's a pleasure to be able to share my story and hopefully help bring not only awareness but any assistance to those in need.

So check your balls!!

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