My name is Brian Smith. When I was in my final semester of college in 2011 at the age of 22, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. It metastasized to my lung and brain. It was very treatable. I had a rigorous treatment plan during the day and attended classes in the evening. I walked in May with honors and was rid of cancer in June.
Six months cancer free, I had a grand mal seizure at the movie theatre watching 50/50 with friends. The cancer had returned in the form of a brain tumor. After failed radiation treatments, I had brain surgery with full knowledge my left side would have paralysis. I have been cancer free since 2012.
I continue to have wonderful experiences and am truly grateful for where I am at today. I enjoy spending time with family and friends as well as going camping and hiking. I have recently had the privilege of participating in the “Play it Back” music program with Teen Cancer America. It’s provided me the opportunity to heal through the creation of music.
I wouldn’t be where I am at today if it weren’t for Teen Cancer America. The organization has been, and continues to be a bright spot in my life.