It was 1996, and I had just turned 35 when my doctor sent me for an initial screening — a relatively common practice at the time — that would serve as a base line when I began annual mammograms at 40.
As the morning guy, he keeps things light and fun – Siltzer’s friends and colleagues lovingly point out he can even be corny at times – which is pretty remarkable considering all that he’s been through.
The 48-year-old was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in January 1999.
A greater understanding of factors that influence psychological distress may help psychosocial oncology service providers to identify childhood cancer survivors in need of psychosocial services and provide them with appropriate resources and interventions.
I had no family history of breast cancer, no particular risk factors for the disease. Recalling the fear, confusion, anger and grief of that time is still painful.
When asked about the incredible fact that all three family members were diagnosed with cancer, he says, “I don t let myself go there, that would be a dark place. “I hope I capture just how funny he is,” Siltzer shares.
Public stigma perceived by cancer survivors influenced psychological distress via cancer disclosure, internalized shame, and social support availability.“Our bond was pretty instant and I’ve never been the typical parent.I’m sarcastic and can be outrageous, and I think some of that has carried over to him.In another cruel twist of fate, just as the father and son were adjusting to a new normal, Malachi woke up last November with a headache.An MRI showed it was a grade-three brain tumor – a large mass on the left side of the little boy’s brain.He’d only been dating his then girlfriend, Kelly, a few months.