A man who has lost a testicle to cancer is slated to become a father this year – although he was told it would be “practically impossible” for him to have children

Oliver Roper-Browning, 27, was told the lump on his testicle was nothing to worry about, only scans later showed it was advanced cancer that had spread to his lymph nodes

His tumor testicle was removed and he froze his sperm in the hope that one day he could become a father with his partner Stef Hall

After successful chemotherapy, Oliver was told his cancer was in remission and the couple opted for IVF treatment

Although he was told his chances of conceiving were slim, his fresh sperm was injected into Stef’s eggs and the couple was told that it had been successful on the first attempt

“We had a great relationship and were at the point where we were ready to have children

“I was devastated that I couldn’t give the person I love what we both wanted and what most people can give to their partner”I felt like I was letting you down’

When the IVF was successful in the first round, it felt like Oliver’s dreams had come true

“We did a pregnancy test and it was positive. At first I almost didn’t believe it,” he says

“It was up there when I was told I was in remission. It was fantastic to give her something that she always wanted”

Oliver first noticed a small lump on his testicles when he was in the shower in April 2018

At first, he said it wasn’t bigger than a grain of sand, and he went to the doctors who told him it was most likely a cyst. But within a few weeks it was half the size of his testicle

Oliver, of Warrington, Cheshire, came to A&E after the pain became unbearable and doctors referred him for an urgent ultrasound

At that time, he was diagnosed with cancer of his testicles and lymph nodes

He had surgery to remove his testicles followed by nine weeks of chemotherapy at Clatterbridge Hospital in Liverpool

“When I was told I had cancer, it felt like the biggest kick in the face,” says Oliver

“The doctors talked about things like chemotherapy, hair loss, and infertility – and it was just so overwhelming and difficult to take it all in

After beating cancer, Oliver and Stef attempted a baby through IVF this summer and were overjoyed to learn that it was successful.The couple are now expecting a daughter in March

Oliver adds, “2020 was a terrible year for most people, but it was probably the best year for us because we had the best news ever

“We started IVF in June and found this out at the end of the month

“I’ve always wanted to have children. When the cancer happened, the worst part was when I was told that I might not have children

“We can look forward to becoming parents. I’m pretty handy at home improvement, so we’ve got a room ready and just can’t wait now”

Oliver quit his IT job to become an assistant at The Christie, a specialist cancer hospital in Manchester, where he works with radiation therapy patients

And now he’s calling on people to support Cancer Research UK, which has been forced to cut £ 45 million from its research budget

This is on top of the 44 million cuts Adds GBP that was made to current charity grants at the start of the pandemic and is unable to fund new clinical trials this year

“Cancer has taken a lot off me, both mentally and physically, and has been one of the most difficult times of my life,” he explains

“There were days when I hit rock bottom when my appearance changed dramatically and I lost a lot of weight. Sometimes I didn’t even recognize myself in the mirror

“But luckily the treatment worked and I am here to tell the story and I will always be very grateful for it”’

After receiving cancer treatment, Oliver wanted to do something to give back, so he applied for a position helping cancer patients prepare for proton beam radiation therapy

“Every day I can share my own experiences with cancer and help the patients who are going through it,” he says

“It is worrying to think that progress that could help more people like me survive cancer in the future will be delayed because of the effects of the pandemic”

Oliver

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Source: https://metro.co.uk/2021/01/01/man-told-he-couldnt-have-kids-after-losing-testicle-about-to-be-dad-13833971/