A set of twin, Sean Collard and Ryan, of Tyne and Wear, had testicular cancer in 2017. After chemotherapy they believed that they would be unable to have children.
However, one of the twin, Sean has been blessed with a newborn son, Lucas, with his partner of five-years.
Sean had been informed by doctors that he had been rendered infertile after going through series of chemotherapy. He had come to term with the doctor’s term that he had been rendered infertile.
Eventually, 26-year-old Sean welcomed baby boy, Lucas, on September 15, after his partner of five years Sophie Campbell fell pregnant just 14 months after he was given the all clear.
‘Becoming a dad is the best feeling ever. There was a time when I never thought I’d be able to have a family but Lucas is our little miracle. Sean said.
‘Finding out was a huge shock but at the same time it was great news. I was told that my fertility could possibly come back at some point but it was so early that I hadn’t yet had the test to determine it.’
‘It was just an horrendous time for both of us,’ said Sean. ‘My cancer was caught at an early stage so it looked a lot bleaker for Ryan and he had to have stem cell treatment, but we got through it together.’
The family’s cancer crises started in September 2017 when Ryan, a primary school teacher, started having blackouts.
The diagnosis arrived at such a late stage that he began chemotherapy close to his home in London the next day and didn’t have the chance to bank any of his sperm.
During visitation to the hospital to see his brother in London, Sean began to see signs himself, and barely 20 days later he received the bad news that he also had cancer.
Sean could bank sperm before commencing his treatment however, he did not use it and has since proposed to be a donor for his twin, though Ryan and his girlfriend Sophie Huggett are presently uncertain about their future family plans.
‘It is bittersweet because Ryan loves kids and he would love to be a dad himself, but his fertility hasn’t returned and we don’t know if it ever will,’ said Sean.
‘Initially once you’ve had treatment you are infertile and there’s a risk that fertility won’t come back.
‘That was massively scary for me. I’ve always wanted to have a family and Ryan and I both grew up wanting what our parents had with us.’ Sean said.
‘Aside from hearing that you can’t be cured, being told you can’t have kids is one of the biggest worries. I couldn’t imagine my life without them.
‘I know I had frozen my sperm but you only get two free goes on the NHS and if it hadn’t worked it would have been expensive. We had no guarantees we would had been successful.’
25-year-old Sophie, Sean’s girlfriend, who is unemployed, had a miscarriage in 2019, and the couple worried that damaged sperm might have induced the miscarriage.
Symptoms of Testicular Cancer/strong>
Testicular cancer shows signs of as a hard lump or swelling in the front or side of the testis during the early stage. This lump might be without pain and might be small in size.
This symptom does not present itself in everyone with testicular cancer. Other symptoms might be:
•Testicle enlargement or alteration in the size and appearance of the testicle.
•Slight pain in the testicle, lower abdomen (stomach) or groin region
•Heaviness in the scrotum
Symptoms are mostly mild and unnoticeable. That is why men have to be conscious of their body parts.