Olympic Medalist Swimmer Nathan Adrian Reveals He Has Testicular Cancer: 'Life Can Come at You Hard'

U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, is facing one of his toughest challenges yet — and this time, it's far from the pool

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U.S. swimmer Nathan Adrian, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, is facing one of his toughest challenges yet — and this time, it’s far from the pool.

Adrian, 30, announced on Instagram Thursday that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer, but he is still hoping to train for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

The three-time Olympian and eight-time medalist explained he had been feeling unwell and visited a doctor because something “didn’t seem quite right.”

“At the very least, I still needed to get my flu shot so it couldn’t hurt,” Adrian wrote. “After a few tests and visits with a specialist, I, unfortunately, learned that I have Testicular Cancer.”

“Life, like swimming the 100 free, can come at you hard and fast as you can’t always see who, or what, may be chasing you down,” he wrote.

Testicular cancer is a rare but highly treatable condition that commonly affects American males between the ages of 15 and 35 but can occur at any time, according to the Mayo Clinic. Despite the diagnosis, Adrian has remained focused on the positives and on the future.

“On the bright side, we caught it early, I have already started treatment and the prognosis is good,” he wrote on Instagram. “I will be back in the water in a few short weeks with my sights fully set on Tokyo!”

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Nathan Adrian (right) in the hospital. Nathan Adrian/Instagram

In his post on Thursday, Adrian continued: “Along the way, I hope to share my journey in an effort to help break the stigma of discussing men’s health issues. I’ve realized that too often we tend to avoid these important topics, ignore the potential warning signs, and put off getting the medical help that we may need.”

In September, Adrian married his longtime love, Hallie Ivester, in Napa Valley, California.

Ivester was seen smiling next to her husband in one of the Instagram pictures as he recuperated in the hospital.

Adrian emphasized in his post that he is grateful the support and is set for surgery sometime in the next week.

“As I told my family, I’ll be putting my public health degree to work a little sooner than I planned! But in all seriousness, I am keeping a positive attitude as cases such as mine are curable,” he wrote. “I am extremely grateful for my family and friends, especially my wife, for their love and support. I am scheduled for surgery early next week and will provide an update soon.

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