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Doctor who survived testicular cancer TWICE and suffered cardiac arrest becomes a viral TikTok star


A doctor who who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and survived cancer twice has become a viral TikTok star, after sharing hilarious stories about his health woes in an attempt to raise awareness among others.

Will Flanary, 36, who is an ophthalmologist from Oregon City, Oregon, has not let his health problems bring him down.

Despite coming close to death on more than one occasion, he constantly posts positive and hilarious videos to his TikTok account under the name Dr. Glaucomflecken, which has gained him more than one million followers and more than 40 million likes.

In them, he dresses up as different types of doctors and acts out funny and awkward made-up scenes between the doctor and a patient. 

But although his TikTok account is filled with laughter and jokes, things have not been easy for the doctor in real life.

After surviving testicular cancer twice, Will suffered a cardiac arrest out of the blue last year, and his wife, Kristin – whom he calls his ‘superhero’ – saved his life by performing CPR. 

A doctor who who suffered a sudden cardiac arrest and survived cancer twice has become a viral TikTok star, after sharing hilarious stories about his health woes

But although his TikTok account is filled with laughter and jokes, things have not been easy for Will, who is an ophthalmologist from Oregon City, Oregon, in real life

But although his TikTok account is filled with laughter and jokes, things have not been easy for Will, who is an ophthalmologist from Oregon City, Oregon, in real life

In 2010, when he was 25 years old, Will was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He described the diagnosis as ‘really hard’ – especially since he was healthy and athletic at the time and didn’t see it coming – and he recalled everything ‘crashing down on him.’ 

‘I noticed one morning that it felt like my testicle was trying to grow another testicle. I was just a third-year med student, but I knew enough to know that wasn’t supposed to happen,’ he recalled to The Today Show during a recent interview. 

‘It’s really hard having a diagnosis like that in your 20s because when you’re in your 20s, you have this sense of invincibility, like nothing can hurt you, you’ll never get sick. Then all of a sudden, it just comes crashing down on you.’

Thankfully, Will was able to remove the testicle through surgery and was fully cured. But five years later, in 2015, he discovered a lump on his other testicle.

According to reports, only one to two per cent of testicular cancer survivors develop it again in the other testicle – but he was unfortunately one of those survivors.

At first, Will wasn’t sure what to do, since losing both of his testicles meant he would no longer be able to have children or make enough testosterone, which affects his ability to have sex.

He and his wife shared two kids at the time, and they weren’t sure if they wanted more.

‘The second time was much harder,’ he admitted. ‘Life was just more complicated at that point.’

After surviving testicular cancer twice, Will suffered a cardiac arrest out of the blue last year. There was no medical explanation for it but thankfully, he made a full recovery

After surviving testicular cancer twice, Will suffered a cardiac arrest out of the blue last year. There was no medical explanation for it but thankfully, he made a full recovery

His wife, Kristin - whom he calls his 'superhero' - saved his life by performing CPR for 10 minutes before the doctors arrived and resuscitated him

His wife, Kristin – whom he calls his ‘superhero’ – saved his life by performing CPR for 10 minutes before the doctors arrived and resuscitated him

In the end, he went through with the surgery and underwent hormone replacement therapy.

Now, he is telling his story so that other men know what to look for and can catch the disease early on.

He added: ‘No one knows your testicles better than you, more than likely. Once a month, just check yourself.’  

But Will’s health problems didn’t end there. In May 2020, his heart suddenly stopped beating in the middle of the night.

Thankfully, his wife was able to perform CPR until the paramedics arrived and they were able to resuscitate him. There was no medical explanation for the sudden cardiac arrest.

Once at the hospital, he underwent hypothermia treatment, which involved cooling his body for 24 hours to reduce damage to the brain. He made a full recovery.   

Now, Will said he loves to bring others happiness through his viral videos. 

‘It’s really helped me because I enjoy making people laugh,’ he told the outlet. ‘I use comedy to cope with my own health issues. It helps to laugh in the face of pretty difficult situations.’



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