Severe back pain led Jimmy Lawrence of Newcomerstown to the chiropractor then to the hospital and finally a diagnosis of cancer.
Lawrence, who will turn 30 on June 25, had such severe back pain approximately two years ago -- and it couldn't be corrected by a chiropractor -- that he went to the hospital. There, they performed several tests including a CT-scan which determined that he had testicular cancer.
Immediately, he underwent chemotherapy treatments in Canton and later a surgery at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - The (Arthur G.) James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute in Columbus.
Now, he is cancer free.
"I'm back to normal now," Lawrence said. "Never even know anything happened."
He has to go for check-ups every two months and, if nothing is found, the check-ups will become farther apart and soon will be an annual visit.
Lawrence, who is the son of Bill and Deborah Lawrence of Newcomerstown, said that if you feel bad or just not your usual self, to go to the doctor and get checked. He said testicular cancer doesn't run in his family and that makes it even more important to be checked if things seem abnormal.
"It's not fun to go through but everything is back to normal now," he said.
Lawrence, who is a 1997 graduate of Newcomerstown High School, owns and operates Jim Towing in Newcomerstown. He owns a fleet of six tow-trucks. Approximately three years ago, he built a garage off N. College Street where his business is located.
As far as the Newcomerstown Relay For Life coming June 19-20 at Lee Stadium, Newcomerstown, he plans to enter his large tow-truck that can tow a semi-truck in the Relay For Life Parade, as well as take part in the Relay For Life cancer survivor activities.