Love your nuts: Testicular Cancer touched myLlife

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"You have won, you live and you love. You are showing everybody how valuable they are and how fantastic life can be." --- These are the words of a reader of Torsten Koehler's book after the presentation of his work in his home country, Namibia.

In his thirties Torsten discovered a change in his testicles. He was worried and went to the doctor. Diagnosis: cancer He was lucky since he could be operated right away. After receiving chemotherapy, he was saved from death. Yet then the real fight for life started: he lost his zest for living and, fell into deep depression - a typical reaction for cancer patients. The cancer had upset his positive equilibrium. However, Torsten Koehler, who was working as deputy principal at the state school, sought an alternative method of dealing with his problems: he gave up all secure living and started off on a long journey – traveled around the world for two years – and back to himself. He spent two years on this endeavour. At the same time he undertook an intensive, spiritual examination of the eternal question concerning Life and Death. For him that was the most decisive step on the way to healing.

In a humorous and sensitive manner, Torsten Koehler depicts his fate with a lively, succinct inflection. He recounts how he discovered the cancer and why he brought his sperm cells to the sperm bank in Cape Town. He deals openly with his thoughts and emotions, relates the reactions of his friends, family and not least, his students, who confronted him without reserve and in doing so, gave him enormous help.

Readers comments:

As you described the side-effects of chemotherapy and the depression that followed, I suffered with you, and when you started your travels around the world, I must admit that I was a little envious. Especially the deep insights which you allow into the essence of depression, the long nerve-racking and finally successful struggle to free yourself from its helplessness, were a personal gain for me. It is courageous that you have written about it so openly. (Stefan Strehler, Editor at Rohnstock-Biografien, Berlin, Germany)

I often felt strongly drawn to the statements and emotions of the author. I felt exactly the same after my illness. Not only the diagnosis of testicular cancer changed my life, this book did that as well. The openness of the author is remarkable and helpful. Torsten Koehler is an empathetic and courageous person who is prepared to speak out candidly about the experiences of his illness, and who gives everything to assist others. This is one of the most important books that I have ever read. (Probably the most important!) I recommend it without reserve to every person who has had a similar experience. (Hannes E, Nürnberg, Germany)

This past weekend I happened to read some of your notes about your time with cancer. My job is rather hectic at the moment, and your thoughts helped me to focus on the facts again and to realise what the really important things in life are. (Stephan G., Hannover, Germany)

See Book's website for more: http://www.love-your-nuts.com

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About the Author:

Born in 1965 and grew up in Namibia. He studied teaching and was a teacher for 15 years in Namibia. This 15-year span was interrupted three times and in the years 1991, 1997/8 and 2006 he toured through 45 countries on all the continents. He has been a Cape Town resident since 2007. At present he is following his passions – photography and design.

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