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BATTLE CREEK, Michigan (WZZM) – Dan Maurer is talking about a serious condition that isn’t easy.
He is doing it for a cause.
“When I go out, people do look. They try to be polite, you can see when somethings not right.”
Dan has been with Mindy for 20 years.
Not long into their marriage, he noticed changes.
“In my late 20’s, I noticed it was little larger in that area.”
Dan’s scrotum was getting bigger.
His doctor told him to lose weight.
“So, I was doing two miles a day in the pool, and so I lost 50 pounds like that.”
Dan was getting smaller, but his growth was still getting bigger.
“Probably a cantaloupe, maybe ya know.”
Dan was given a referral to the University of Michigan Health System. Again, he was told to lose weight.
“As far as they were concerned, I needed to have lap-band surgery to lose weight.”
Mindy says they became disenchanted with the medical community.
“He was like, if they’re the top people in this area, if they don’t know what it is, nobody does.”
More time passed, and Dan tried to lose more weight.
When he got sick, he went back to the doctor.
“They admitted me like that. They were like there’s something seriously wrong.”
Dan had a broken cyst inside the scrotum.
He spent the next two years going to a wound center. the size, didn’t change.
It wasn’t until Dan saw a show on TLC, that he knew there was hope.
“It’s tough to deal with it. This is essentially a living breathing freak show.”
The show is called “The Man with the 132 Pound Scrotum.”
“That’s when I found out, that’s what I have.”
The condition is called scrotal lymphedema.
It is a rare condition caused by blockages in the lymphatic vessels.
Dan’s only hope is a doctor in California who will perform surgery to remove the growth.
The surgery is dangerous and expensive.
Dan is hoping to raise money to help pay for the procedure.
He knows it will not only improve his health, but bring him closer to his wife.
“I haven’t had marital relations with my husband in 7 years,” added his wife Mindy. “You know when you say those vows, you either mean them, or you don’t. I meant em.”
“She’s amazing. I don’t see myself as being worth it, but she is to me. That’s why I’m going through this.”
Dan has his first appointment in California on July 25th.
He needs all the help he can get.
You can donate by going to gofundme.com and search for Dan Maurer.