This is the first in our new health series that will follow 16-year-old cancer patient Trey Pugh and his family as they go through the daily trials and struggles that come with dealing with the disease.
Part 1: The Diagnosis
They are three words that are tough for anyone to hear. They strike fear in the marrow of even the most intimidating, imposing or irrepressible of men and women.
“You have cancer.”
They are especially tough to hear when you’re only 16 years old, but that’s exactly the diagnosis that was dealt to Louisa resident Trey Pugh by neurologists on Monday, Nov. 11. Doctors didn’t mince their words: Pugh has stage 2 testicular cancer.
“I was speechless,” Pugh said.
“It was like a smack in the face,” his mother, Kelly, added.
Just days before, Pugh had felt as good as he ever had, dividing his time between being a typical freshman at Louisa County High School looking to pass his next test and his passion of playing and designing video games.
Pugh said that he first realized something was wrong after discovering a lump that he hadn’t noticed before during a self-examination. After consulting with a local practitioner, Pugh visited Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center where he was given the official diagnosis.
“I had to tell somebody,” Pugh said of his impulsive decision to immediately reveal the problem to his mother. “I was kind of nervous and scared at the same time. I didn’t know what was going on and I had no idea what it was. I didn’t know if it was something that could kill me or not.”
To read the entire story, see the Jan. 2 edition of The Central Virginian.