Chapter 7img Kokyu: Breath-Power

I lost half of a lung to cancer. I'd been through treatment already for testicular cancer. Then the cancer spread to my lungs, so I'd gone through months of exhausting, debilitating chemotherapy. Then, after all that, there was still a spot on my lung. The doctors said it could be scar tissue left over from the brutal chemotherapy, but I didn't want to take any chances. I chose to have surgery to be sure.

I still remember waking up after that surgery with all these tubes coming out of me. For 24 hours after surgery, I was on a ventilator. A machine was breathing for me. Gradually, they weaned me off the ventilator. I had to learn how to breathe again—with half of one lung missing. Normally, we don't use our full body to breathe. We use our lungs. ...

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