COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Growing up as a child, Tim Holmes says his mother would always tell him he was special. However, Holmes adds that he would have never thought breast cancer would be what she meant by special.
As a precaution, Holmes's wife encouraged him to get a mammogram. She was hitting the 40 year old mark, and was getting one herself. Contemplating on rather or not he should get screened, Holmes says he was even more encouraged to get a mammogram after discovering a lump on his left breast.
"They did a mammogram. Then they decided to do an ultrasound, and a biopsy all in the same day," said Tim Holmes. "Three days later, they called and told me it was breast cancer."
At the time, Holmes says he didn't know much about male breast cancer. Luckily for him, his cancer was caught early, in stage two.
"To be in such a rarity, it's real humbling," said Holmes.
Having cancer didn't bring down his spirits. Instead it taught him a life lesson as he started to view life from a different perspective.
"You appreciate everyday that you have, because God doesn't guarantee us another moment," said Holmes.
After a complete mastectomy of his left breast and a series of four chemotherapy treatments, Holmes has been able to still live his life in a special way, but cancer free.
While breast cancer is less common in men than in women, according to the American Cancer Society, about 2,040 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2013 alone.