Olympian Gold Medalist Nathan Adrian Shares Devastating Health News

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Five-time Olympic champion swimmer Nathan Adrian had everything going for him. Having turned 30 last month, he had a good life, a great family and an eagerness to complete training for the 2020 Tokyo Games.

And then one doctor’s visit changed everything.

In a message shared on his Twitter page on Thursday (Jan. 24,) Adrian revealed to his fans that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer. After becoming concerned that ‘something didn’t seem quite right’ in recent weeks, Adrian made an appointment to see his doctor and the diagnosis was made. Luckily, it looks as if the cancer was caught early and that he will undergo surgery next week.

“Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what, may be chasing you down. Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn’t seem quite right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good,” he wrote in a post.

He continued, “I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo! Along the way, I hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men’s health issues. I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore potential warning signs, and put off getting medical help we need. I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable.”

Please join us in sending well wishes to Adrian. If anyone has the fight in him to beat this, it’s him. And let this also serve as a reminder to take care of one’s health, no matter what.

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Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what, may be chasing you down. Recently, I went to the doctor as something didn’t seem quite right. At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt. After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I unfortunately learned that I have Testicular Cancer. On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good. I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo! Along the way, I hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men’s health issues. I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore the potential warning signs, and put off getting the medical help that we may need. As I told my family, I’ll be putting my public health degree to work a little sooner than I planned! But in all seriousness, I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable. I am extremely grateful for my family and friends, especially my wife, for their love and support. I am scheduled for surgery early next week and will provide an update soon. #menshealth #testicularcancer #standuptocancer

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