Twenty-three years old and I've already had cancer. We'll, technically I do, or did; the full results have yet to come.

About two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. The doctor said, "If you had to choose a cancer, this is it." Those words weren't that soothing. Now two weeks later, I sit here with one testicle, recovering from a surgery I never figured to have. So with that, I urge my fellow men to check yourselves, at least monthly.

I felt completely normal, but knew something was physically off down there one day. Check for firmness, lumps or anything irregular. Only you know how normal or abnormal you are. Do it. I did and noticed. It's those of us that are between 20 to 27 that get it the most.

You are no less of a man by getting checked, or having cancer and getting one removed. By catching it early, nothing in your body changes in terms of infertility or testosterone. You can live with one lung, one kidney, one testicle, one arm, one leg, but you can't live without your one heart or brain.

As a great woman told me, "You are more a man now having gone through it as if nothing happened at all."

Luiz Angel