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Testicular Cancer Made Life And Career Choices More Clear For Roberto Martinez

Posted Aug 24 2008 3:46pm
FOR ROBERTO MARTINEZ, 21, cancer has been a test of faith, an opportunity to change direction based on a profound understanding of what's truly important.

He was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 17 and has just passed the five-year mark, which theoretically puts him safely in the "cure" zone.Not that it was easy, hearing he had cancer. "I was shocked," he says. "Cancer so young. Why me? Why did I get cancer?"

As he tried to figure out that mystery, he started to see life in a new way. He had been a good student at L.A.'s Cathedral High School. His plan was to become a lawyer because lawyers make a lot of money. "I wanted a cool car," he says. "I wanted to buy things. But in the hospital, I thought that even if I had a lot of money, I wouldn't be able to buy my health, my life."

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