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Dear Mr. Koukal,

I would like to thank you for the educational work you are doing for all of us. I am proof that your efforts are not in vain and are helping. It’s been a long time since I saw the TV show with Karel Šíp where you were a guest and talked about your illness. The reason I mention this is that your story has stayed with me, and the concept of the MOT for Men Project has since been saved somewhere in my subconscious without me even knowing that my life would one day bring the same experience. It’s been nearly two months since that evening when I got that strange feeling in my stomach after I felt something unusual in my body. At that moment, I was reminded of exactly two things: the concept of MOT for Men and the urgency with which this “thing” should be addressed. The first thing I did was visit the STKprochlapy.cz site, and the next day I went to the hospital for an examination and underwent an operation in the evening. I have finished my second series of chemotherapy and the third one is waiting for me. Thank you very much for your work and your efforts to help. You are a great inspiration to me.

Once again, many thanks

David K.

Hi Petr,

I’m also a sportsman like you, so I’m going to talk to you straight and I hope you don’t mind. Last summer I learned that I have testicular cancer. I work as a fireman, and that’s a guy with balls, right?! So my first worry was if I would still be a real man. Anyway, thanks to early detection, immediate surgery, and because it “appeared” in time, I only had one dose of chemotherapy and now I’m well. I still do sport and I’m still a man .-)

I think my story is specific because the tumor was found in time; I did not have to go through as much suffering. Like most guys, after a few doses of chemotherapy, and about two months after surgery, I went back to “fighting” and everything is working smoothly.

I hope that no one will be ashamed to feel around down there, and not only during normal activities, so that they are lucky like me, and don’t find out that those buggers have already spread. It’s just about not being ashamed, and in case of any doubt to do something about it and not to just let it be.

Honza K.

Dear Petr,

I‘m one of your fans, and even though this topic is very close to me since I work as a doctor, until I heard you on Radiožurnal, I didn‘t even know that there was such a campaign. And so just by chance right after I heard about this project, I advised my neighbor, who had non-specific urinary problems, to get a checkup. Bingo had prostate cancer and is currently on the waiting list to have his prostate removed.

As a doctor I know if what you do is important and I’m keeping my fingers crossed for you. I plan to give the guys close to me (father-in-law, father and uncle) a oncological exam at the hospital in Brno for their Christmas present.

Sincerely,

Martin K.

Dear Petr,

Today, thanks to the article about your girlfriend and her song on seznam.cz, I learned that you are engaged in raising awareness of testicular cancer. For a long time I hesitated to speak up when I read somewhere that there was a discussion on this topic. I am 32 years old and have already had testicular cancer twice. The first time at 20, and the second time when I was 26. I have lost both testicles, but I’m alive and have no restrictions. I just don‘t make testosterone naturally, so I take it in tablet form. And that’s all. Otherwise I’m healthy. If you ever need help with anything, providing information or even taking part in a discussion or an event about preventation, I’m happy to help.

Maybe my example would help to let people know that cancer can be defeated twice and you can still live a normal life. My story, especially, is a great example of prevention and self-examination as my illness came back after six years. But I caught it thanks to my first experience. If it would help even a little, I don’t have a problem talking about my illness and my life after the illness.

Wishing you good luck and health both in your private life and in your sports career.

Lukáš 

Dear Petr,

I would like to say that I appreciate the media coverage of your testicular cancer case. In fact, I first heard something about it with regard to Lance Armstrong, but at that time I didn’t know anything about it at all. It didn’t really make an impression.

Not until 2010/2011, and then the 2012 Olympics, did I become aware that this can affect all guys, even boys in puberty. And all because you made it known in the media! Thank you for that.

Since then, I’ve started to pay attention to my testicles more closely. At the beginning of March this year, I felt that something wasn’t right with my testicles. That evening I sat down and searched the internet for the materials I heard about from you. Based on that, I was determined to go to the doctor the next morning. Don’t wait even another day!

I was up through the night, and in the morning I was at the doctor undergoing an ultrasound examination. It was confirmed that there was a tumor and then it was hit after hit. You know about that. Operations, histology, cryopreservation of sperm, chemotherapy (in two phases). Between the phases of chemotherapy, I celebrated my 32nd birthday.

Now I’m cured, my hair and beard have grown back and I have good markers. Great.

But if you weren‘t so visible, I wouldn’t have known what to do … maybe I wouldn‘t even know today that I have a problem with my testicle and it everything would be all wrong.

Thank you again, but I’m writing for one more reason. You probably get tens and hundreds of thank you emails and mine is one of many. And it is good that you got it. That’s why I HAD to write you. Because if you are still getting such emails, you’re doing a good job!! That’s why I’m rooting for the MOT for Men Project!

I wish you good health, success in badminton, and a relaxed personal life.

Pavel

Dear Mr. Koukal,

I would like to thank you for your educational efforts. The one-page interview, explaining why you created this project and how it was with your testicle, made me go to the doctor after I found a similar lump on my testicle. Although I had found it there six months before, your case forced me to go to the doctor. Just as unfortunately, the testicle was removed, but fortunately it was still in time.

I would like to thank you. Thank you for trying to spread awareness and for more or less saving my life. I will try to do the same thing with my age category.

Jakub, 18 let

Dear Petr,

I would like to thank you for setting up the endowment fund. It saved my life. Really.

At the beginning of May in 2014, I read on the internet that you were running a foundation. So just for the heck of it, I did a self-examination, and I found something on my testicle. At first I hesitated to deal with it. After two weeks, I went to a GP, who sent me to a urologist.

The urologist confirmed my suspicion, and within 30 minutes I was in a hospital gown. Within two days I was operated on, and in the following two weeks I went through various examinations (CT scan, X-rays …) and waited for the result of the histology. According to the results, the disease was malignant, but it hadn’t yet spread to other parts of my body. Since the tumor markers were elevated, I had to undergo 2 cycles of chemotherapy. The first one took quite a bit out of me, the other was already, as you say, cool. After completing chemotherapy, I went through a CT scan, X-rays, and checking the tumor markers again. Everything was negative, so I can say that I was cured. But you know how it is with this disease …

I want to thank you for what you are doing. Without exaggeration, you saved my life, and a month ago, I was able to celebrate my 33rd birthday. I read somewhere some people say that you only want to profit from the endowment fund. They don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t listen to them and keep going!

Thanks again!

Kamil

Hi Petr,

I hope you don’t mind if I address you in such a familiar way, but as we’re the same age, I thought it was OK. I wanted to thank you for everything you do to raise awareness about testicular cancer. Unfortunately, our family did not avoid this diagnosis – specifically my 25-year-old brother. He heard about what you were doing in October. I have to admit that in those difficult first days your name came up a lot in our family. The fact that you are living a normal life again gave us strength. When I brought my brother home from the hospital, the first thing we did was go to the internet to watch the episode of „Třináctou Komnata“ that you were on.

Fortunately, the tumor did not metastasize anywhere. My brother has had two cycles of chemotherapy, and the third is waiting for him after Christmas. We are handling it well and all hope that 2014 will be happier for us.

Once again, I thank you for the openness with which you talk about the problem, and thanks to which you made the situation for my brother a little bit less difficult. I wish you a beautiful Christmas and a lot of sports successes in the new year, but especially good health, which you simply cannot do without.

Veronika

Hi Petr

I would like to thank you once again for the phone call on Friday, which really impressed me. To tell the truth, I thought that at my age the chance of getting this illness had already passed, but I was wrong. If you need to help in any way, do not hesitate to contact me. It is extremely important that you continue doing what you’re doing.

I can personally say that it was because of what happened to you and the fact that you made it public, somewhere in my subconscious I knew that it was necessary not underestimate matters related to. You play a large part in the fact that I caught (perhaps) my illiness early and that for the time being, apart from the operation on the tumor, no further treatment (except for checkups) is necessary. Thanks.

I wish you many successes in both sport and in life.

Lukáš

Dear Petr,

On November 10 the lives of our family took a 180 ° turn. In the morning I went to work, gave my three children and my husband a kiss and then I could not believe my own eyes when I read the message in Whatsapp: “I’m at the doctor. I’m will go for one more examination at the hospital, and they will operate on me today.” In the meanwhile, I picked up medicine at the pharmacy and arranged for someone to take over for me at work so I could pick up the children and then get to the hospital for my husband. Until that Monday, I didn’t even know my husband was going to the doctor.

I recently read your interview with Miss Soukal in the newspaper, MF Today. It was like you were speaking directly to me. Everything you described is reality. I won’t keep you with more long sentences … JUST KEEP GOING! Do not be discouraged by people who don’t smile and write nasty mails even though they don’t have problems.

Wishing you good luck.

Veronika

Dear Mr. Koukal,

I’m currently going through the same health problem as you did. Thanks to your site, I immediately went to the Urology Clinic, where I think the doctors are really great. On Friday I has surgery and that was followed by further examination and chemotherapy.

I wanted to thank you for sharing information, and your great inspiration and courage. I still have a long way to go, but I believe everything will go well.

I wish a lot of health and a lot of success at the Olympics.

Ondřej

Dear Petr, my angel. How much you have helped me!!

Things have changed and my husband is finally healthy! The cancer is gone, so there will be no chemotherapy! The most beautiful news in life, believe me! It was crazy. In June last summer he did the run in Jizerky, the Hradecký Half Marathon in October, and finished on the operating table in November. Now one could say that it all worked out well and the suffering is over, but the story goes on and that’s what I want to talk to you about.

Our son, Stepan, who lives in Prague (by the way he also does sport and plays badminton), told us that he has similar symptoms to my husband – soreness in the lower abdomen and the testicle. Of course he tried to make an appointment as soon as possible with the urologist at Motol near where he lives, but they wouldn’t even talk to him. Finally, he got an appointment with Dr. Kunc, who had good references on the internet, but not until January.

Lenka

Hello Petr,

I’d like to thank you again for the phone call before Christmas to support our family.

I wanted to inform you of my results. As I told you on the phone, I was quite naive and my problems were not bad enough to follow your recommendations and go straight to the urological clinic. Even though I confess that I was thinking about it a lot. Finally, I decided to make an appointment with the urologist I was registered with. Especially because finding a urologist in Prague is almost an art. Anyway, the ultrasound went well, and I’m still waiting for the results of the bloodtest that I took more or less because of my brother to see how the markers were. Due to his results, I will be checked regularly.

My pain might be caused by problems in the lumbar area and hips. The CT that they did because of my urgent pain revealed a slipped disc in the in the area of the last lumbar vertebra and at the same time a dislocated hip. So I’ve been going to rehab since November. That’s where my pain might be coming from …

Wishing you lots of health and success in your tournaments!

Thank you again and good luck!

Štěpán

Hi Petr,

Even before reading the articles about what you went through, I had an unpleasant feeling on the right side of my groin. I found something strange on my right testicle. At first I did not want to pay any attention to it.

Your story, despite the initial fear or shame, motivated me so much that I went for an examination at the urology clinic in Olomouc. There my doctor told me that the testicle had to be removed as soon as possible. I know for certain that I don‘t have to write everything that was going through my head at the moment … I went through a lot of examinations, bloodtests, CT scans, etc. Waiting for the results was endless. Histology confirmed the tumor. On Friday, the oncologist told me that I do not need radiation therapy or chemotherapy. They will just watch me.

I would like to thank you from my heart for your campaign which put me on the right path. I wish you many successes your family life. I’m rooting for you in your sporting live and wish you lots of health.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

Radek

Hello,

Last Friday I was at your lecture at our school. About half a year ago, I found a small lump on my testicle, but since I was ashamed and didn’t do anything about it, I kept postponing it and thought it would disappear. After the lecture, I read your manual and browsed the internet, and unfortunately all the symptoms indicate a tumor. Now I have decided to solve this problem and today I told my mom about it. Now I’m trying to make an appointment at the urologist’s for an examination as soon as possible (preferably right away tomorrow).

I would like to thank you very much for this, because I know that without you I would not have taken this step. I’ll just hope it’s not a tumor and it’s not too late.

Thank you again.

Pavel