17 NOV 17 10:26 ET

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DENVER (KCNC-TV) — Michael DiZoglio has a dog to thank for his life. His fathers dog Mickey, loves when he comes over. The dog is a husky and wants out. Michael takes Mickey on good walks. As soon as he comes in the house, the dog jumps on him. Sometimes that can really hurt.

One time he jumped on me from the right and I didnt feel any pain& and I thought it should have hurt.

Not numbness, I didnt feel anything.

That was worrisome. At the doctors office they started testing. On his 28th birthday, March 13, they called back. He had testicular cancer.

I didnt cry, laugh, I didnt overreact, he said. I felt dumbfounded. I never anticipated that kind of news.

Few do when cancer comes their way. There are many different reactions. Many are why me? Some are disbelief, some are helplessness. Michael began to think positively.

His mother Mary Frances Simms said, He actually said to me its all about perspective.

Michael explained the nature of the cancer allowed detection.

The best thing in my life is that I had testicular cancer, he told his mother. What if it had been my spleen or liver? I wouldnt have known.

He didnt do anything to cause his cancer, his mother said. Hes taken good care of himself.

Michaels story is among those were featuring as we share the stories of cancer in Colorado during my No Shave November effort. We are raising money on my donation page. Were trying to explain that theres more to people than the cancer that effects them.

Michael likes basketball. Hes studied political science in college. He hasnt been working with the difficulty of his treatments. An operation removed the tumor from his testicular cancer. But it is an aggressive type known as embryonal carcinoma. The bad news got worse. A scan showed it had spread to his lungs, which showed a series of spots. Hes been doing the chemo since August.

Itll drain you, he said.

He goes in before 7 a.m. and stays hooked up for five hours. Hell try to sleep through it. Then hell often to his Dads where Mickey awaits, wanting a walk. But hes worn out. He will sleep sometimes for 12 to 18 hours. Sometimes just walking up a flight of stairs he has to lie down and rest. Still, he has plans. When I get the good news, I want to go through the list, he said about his future plans.

That news could come in a scan scheduled for early December. The chemo just might be over.

Michael believes catching his cancer early was key. Self exams make sense, but he thinks its important to pay attention to what might be wrong. Mickey is waiting for long walks and Michael has plans.

Someones looking out for me through the dog. I felt like somethings going into place to protect me.

Heres a link to Alans No Shave November page to join the effort to fight cancer:

no-shave.org/member/agionet

 

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