“I just like deal with it, pretty much. It's part of life.”
Testicular cancer has become a big part of Elvis Lopez's life, but this amazing 15-year-old is handling it with an inner strength and quiet calmness.
“Thursday was his birthday, Friday he told me. That Monday, the sixth, Monday they gave us the diagnosis," Elvis’ parents, Emily and Ron Lopez shared.
Unimaginable that Elvis was diagnosed with cancer, just four days after turning 15.
But he did, suspect something was wrong several months before.
“I had to muster up the courage to do so. I was pretty embarrassed. I didn't know what to say, think,” Elvis said.
After all, Elvis is a teenager. Would you feel at ease asking...
“Hey dad, are your testicles supposed to be the same size?" Ron recalled his son saying.
One testicle was as big as a baseball. Ron's initial thought...
“I don't know what it is. But I know it's not normal,” he said.
Emily quickly went into mom mode - getting on the phone with the hospital, to insure Elvis was seen that day. But they would have to wait through the weekend, before knowing from the doctor what was wrong.
“When we see levels this high, and X-ray like this, and an ultra sound like this, it all points to one thing. Cancer. And we both, I think. Our hearts just dropped,” Emily said.
“In the beginning, we didn't know... what was going to turn out. They said he's got an 85 percent chance to make it through. To me, that number sucked,” Ron said, breaking into tears. “But then I said, ‘Emily 85 sucked. There's a 15 percent chance it's not going to work.’ She looks at me and goes, “It's better than 50.’ “
“Nothing mattered more than... um. More than what Elvis was going though. Nothing mattered worth that because... he, he was going through this not us. He was gonna have to go through this. We we were gonna have to watch him go through this," Emily added.
Elvis has already undergone several months of intense chemo.
This past week, was Elvis’ last week of chemo. The hair may be gone, but not his fight.
“I'm doing wonderful,” Elvis said. “I’ve survived through a lot, even if I didn't know, ‘cause I was born prematurely.
"For anybody that I know is watching, I'd tell them, I'm doing fine.”