If you've got minor aches and pains you tend to ignore, you may take them more seriously after hearing one Heartland man's story. After trying to take care of it by himself, the pain wouldn't go away and he realized something was wrong. He soon found out, he had a rare form of cancer. Kevin Govero says he's okay today, because he listened to his body. He hopes his story will save other people's lives.
"At that point he said we need to get it, and get it out as soon as possible," Govero says. Those words came as a shock to Govero. An avid exerciser, he takes care of himself. He had just passed a routine physical in June, but it only took his body a few months to change.
"Actually it was in September I noticed a soreness above my knee but I thought it was a strained muscle," he says. Even though he was hurting, Govero continued to work-out. He took ibuprofen hoping the soreness would go away, but it didn't and his leg just got worse. "I was noticing a fullness or hardness in my left leg. I watched for a week and it stayed firm," Govero says. That's when he knew something was wrong. "When we measured it it ended up being a half inch bigger than the right thigh and we knew something was out of the ordinary," Govero says. Govero had soft tissue carcoma, a rare form of cancer. Doctors have no idea how long it was growing or what caused it.
A scar on his left thigh is a constant reminder of the seven inch tumor doctors removed from his leg. Now, Govero spends time five days a week getting radiation. "What I have is not something that can be detected in a blood test or any test, it just shows up," he says.
Govero isn't letting the radiation get him down. He still goes to the gym whenever he can. He sometimes even goes there after radiation. He says being active helped him be more aware of his body, and get to the doctor sooner.
Govero will have to go through seven weeks of radiation. He says it's a small price to pay, for his life. "Don't ignore anything your body is telling you. If your body tells you something's wrong, listen to it, because it's telling you something's wrong."