In early January I attended the A&E department within St Vincent's University Hospital with urology issues, me being a 20 year old its not an issue you really want to discuss with your family and or doctors. After a quick consultation with the urology team before I knew it was in an operating theatre, scared as I didn't know what was going and had not known the complex issues surrounding urology. Fast forward onto February when I was contacted to discuss further and receive further treatment after my diagnosis . The process was all going so quick I hadn't a moment to think. One operation after the other not knowing when the operations would end I was kept positive by the hospital. Of course Covid hit and it was quite worrying times as I was fearful after having received all the treatments that my immune system compromised would be hit but thankfully with the help of all my friends and family I was kept safe and reassured of it by the hospital taking all Covid precautions possible. In late August I received an appointment to further benefit me with an operation which would therefore cease my urology issues. I received the operation to remove my testes and replace with prosthesis a week after, although daunting reflecting back all operations were necessary and all to benefit myself in the long run.
Fast forward to today, I am so glad to have attended the A&E Department and Urology department within the hospital when I did and so glad for the care a treatment which has benefited me so much and will so ever be so grateful to the team looking after me. Today I am glad to say I have the ALL CLEAR from the Urology department. the moment I received the all clear it was as if a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. Of course I wouldn't have been able to accomplish everything without the help of the Hospital, my Boyfriend Aaron, my Parents Pamela and Brendan, grandparents James and Kathleen and all my family, friends and work colleagues around me.
I am holding this fundraiser for the Urology department to aid them in what ever way possible be it for equipment or counselling etc. I would like that if another 20 year old lad like myself that were to present with urology issues and receive a diagnosis that they also have the same experience and comfort as I did with the hospital, the same with any aged man. I think the real message that needs to be out there is its okay to talk about our manly bits and most definitely get every lump and bump checked no matter how small. That’a why to raise much needed funds for the urology department I will be walking/running 5km a day every day from the 5th October until the 5th November and climbing the Wicklow Mountains on the final day (5th November)to top it off .
So please donate how ever much you can. No amount is too little !
- Stephen Devaney
- simon carroll
- Aaron Carroll
- Mark Mc Cullagh Crichton
- Sarah Lehane