Mike Powers was in the middle of medical school when doctors gave him devastating news.
In 2012, Powers started to get backaches and fevers and was constantly tired.
Doctors ordered a CT scan and discovered he had testicular cancer.
It was Stage IIC, which required intense treatment, including nine grueling weeks of chemotherapy with a total of 21 infusions.
"It was a very difficult process. Every time I came in and got an infusion, I would pass out from just feeling so bad about halfway through and wake up toward the end of the infusion sort of wobbly, barely able to walk, feeling more or less like death," he said.
Then there were complications with Powers' heart, which landed him in the hospital.
All of this was going on as he was working to keep up in medical school and trying to help out his wife, who was expecting their first child.
"She had to help take care of me instead of the other way around, which was very hard, very stressful," he said.
Powers is doing much better. He's finishing up medical school and enjoying time with his family.
Now that he's in full remission, he's reflecting on what he learned about practicing medicine from his time as a patient.
"I understand what it's like to be in that bed and be feeling worse than you even thought was possible to feel and not knowing what's going to happen," he said.
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