My last competitive Masters Track races were in Woodbridge New Jersey in mid-September 2016 in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters. I kept training and focused on the upcoming 2017 indoor Masters Track events which start in early January and continue into late March. I was really looking forward to competing in the 60 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters.
During a span of the next three (3) months, I went and met three (3) different urologists and got varying opinions and viewpoints. I also got additional tests done, an MRI, and finally got a biopsy. I was mentally prepared to just be brave and braced myself to accept whatever the results may turn out to be. The results of the MRI and biopsy indicated I tested positive. Upon hearing the news, at that instantaneous moment, I did not feel any emotion, took a deep breath and just kept thinking of the “C” word – Cancer.
Thereafter, over the next few days, it felt as if I had hit a brick wall. Deep in the back of my mind, I just kept on thinking and saying to myself to just stay positive and I must go through whatever hurdles I need to go through to get over this new bump-in-the-road, a new hurdle, and a new challenge.
Thanks to my closest family, friends, colleagues, teammates and inspiring coaches at Trojan Masters Track Club and USC Track & Field Program, with deep introspect, I renewed my inner faith.
I have duly accepted to be responsible to myself and those around me. I made a commitment to seek-out, listen, understand and appreciate the guidance and advice of proper doctors, latest state-of-the-art science and technology, implement proper lifestyle changes (diet/nutrition, rest, balance, and motivation) and most importantly – overcome fear. A new journey has now started for me and I can never ever look back. I realize I must keep walking forward, step-by-step, stay positive and, Fight On!
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