FAIRBANKS, Alaska At just 28 years old, Adam Gohlke was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He found a lump after performing a self-examination.
After a doctor confirmed Gohlke had cancer, he had to make the decision to remove the affected area. Gohlke then had an orchiectomy. At a follow up appointment, Gohlke discovered that his cancer journey was not over. The cancer not only had returned, but it went into his lungs.
Three months of chemotherapy followed. While enduring the months of chemo, Gohlke said the most challenging part was staying positive during the aggressive treatment.
“I didn’t have full chemotherapy for a couple days and I’d go into work and get my mind off things and visit with people. Work allowed me to come in and so it was a good way to distract me,” Gohlke said.
Gohlke also received support at Relay for Life, an event that he attended before he was diagnosed, because his mother survived breast cancer.
“I had visitors that would come in and just to say ‘hi’ to me. There are people there that care. The main thing is that people care, and even if you don’t think they do, they do.”
Gohlke had advice on prevention for men of any age. “Just self-check. I mean, if you’ve got a question the doctors are there. You tell them and they’ll tell you yes or no.” Adam Gohlke has been cancer free for two years.