Former Silsden ASS Nick McNally urges checks for testicular cancer diagnosis

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A former striker from Silsden has called on the men to carry out regular controls after testicular cancer has been diagnosed.

Nick McNally, 30, revealed he was diagnosed with the disease earlier this month and is now trying to raise awareness of others.

After a while with Danny Forrest, he now plays for Colne in the Evo-Stik League West division, for which he played four times and scored a goal this season.

McNally said in an article on Colne's website, "If you have the slightest doubt, you'll be checked.

"I was diagnosed with testicular cancer early last month and now I want everyone to know what I've gone through to raise awareness.

"Believe me, in that last month, I've been crying and watching everyone in my family weep in front of me, the reason I'm telling you this is because it came like that.

"My wife told me about an article she had read about a man who had a vasectomy, and it somehow did not work, so she wanted me to have it checked.

"Although I definitely argued that there was no doubt that it did not work, my wife insisted she did not want to take the risk and booked the appointment.

I reluctantly agreed to make her happy. "

McNally continued, he was sent to hospital for an emergency appointment after seeing his doctor.

He continued, "This was the day my whole attitude changed, the Big C bomb dropped and my life changed from that moment on.

I could not believe what I heard, I am a young, fit and healthy 30 year old with all my life ahead of me and now I had cancer.

"Still in the back of my mind, I always thought I had cancer, I can not explain the feeling and how difficult I accept it.

"The next hurdle I had to overcome was the results of my CT scan and blood counts, it was really just a wait.

"With the results back, I did not know how I felt, then the results, I felt like the luckiest guy alive, the cancer had not spread, they had it early enough, and the whole tumor was undergoing surgery away .

"I am watching the next five years and feel happy.

"This is just a story where a young father, a family man, had the best possible result, some are not so lucky, and I want to share my story to spread that awareness.

"If you have the slightest doubt, check out. Imagine if I had just left because I thought I knew best.

"I am now looking forward to getting back on track, and if you only check yourself after reading this, I've done my job."

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