Devin Dicks going the distance with K-State Track and Field
February 22, 2013 – For some, the idea of living each day to its fullest is just a bumper sticker or just something cute to say.
For Devin Dick, it’s a real way of life.
The Kansas State senior knows all too well what it really means to live each day to its fullest. He’s lived it and truly believes in that idea because it wasn’t long ago the Hutchinson native was unsure how many days he actually had left.
Dick’s road to Manhattan and atop the Big 12 indoor heptathlon standings didn’t come easy. He started his career at Wichita State where he redshirted his first year on campus. That’s when everything changed.
Figuring his body was just responding to a more arduous workout routine, Dick thought little of the vomiting and nausea he began to experience toward the end of his second semester.
‘I blamed the sickness on the training because it was so different than what I had been used to before, training for the heptathlon and decathlon,’ said Dick, who is in Ames, Iowa, this weekend for the Big 12 Indoor Championships. ‘I was training five hours a day, plus lifting. I thought the sickness was just me pushing my body to its limits.’ He was wrong.
When it became clear the medication wasn’t working, Dick sought out more definite answers, starting with an ultrasound of his pelvic region. Within an hour, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound combined-events athlete was scheduled for an appointment the next morning with a specialist.
Something was clearly wrong.
‘They said not to worry, but ‘We think this could be cancerous,’’ Dick said. ‘Not to worry, right? I’m only 19. That was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do — calling my parents and telling them I might have cancer.’ That next morning it was confirmed. Dick had testicular cancer. That night, he had surgery.
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Article written by Joshua Kinder (firstname.lastname@example.org) at The Mercury. Picture provided by K-State Sports Information.