DAN Maurer hasn’t been able to have sex with his wife for 12 years, nor can he pee in a toilet, because of his swollen five stone testicles.
The 40-year-old suffers from a mysterious condition that has caused his balls to grow uncontrollably, leaving him a prisoner of his own body.
Dan’s condition has stopped him doing everything from showering on his own, camping with his friends to being intimate with his wife.
He even has to pee in the shower and wash it down with water because the size of his scrotum means he can’t aim into the toilet bowl.
“It’s made me a prisoner of my own body, it’s like carrying a ball and chain,” Dan said.
“The best way I could describe the weight to someone would be to imagine splitting open your scrotum and put in three large bowling balls then sew it back up and carry it around.
“I’m constantly in pain and it’s a lot of weight on your back, so it’s very hard for me to move.”
What started out as a small amount of “puffiness” below the belt has changed Dan’s life forever.
As his scrotum grew, it slowly stopped him living his life one step at a time.
Dan changed from a man who was always on the move, regularly playing sports and camping with his friends, to a man who is unable to take care of himself – and he hasn’t had sex with his wife since March 2006.
If it wasn’t for his loving wife, Mindy, he wouldn’t be able to get through his days.
“When it was smaller I could lift it onto the toilet and pee into the toilet, but when it got bigger there was always a chance I would make a mess so it was easier to pee into the shower stall and rinse it down with the water,” he said.
“It’s probably been two years since I could use a normal toilet.”
Mindy and Dan have been together for almost 20 years and have been dealing with Dan’s condition since a year after their wedding in 2005.
“We went out for a romantic hotel getaway and down in his scrotal area seemed more puffy than normal,” Mindy said.
“It was small enough so we just wrote it off as him being heavy and he said he would just lose some weight and it would go away.”
Over the course of a year his scrotum grew to the size of a coconut.
Terrified, Dan went to see his doctor to put a stop to the growth.
But doctors were baffled as to what was causing his condition.
“I just tried to wear longer shorts to help cover the fact that it was getting bigger and bigger and went out less and less,” Dan said.
“We went to our doctor and he was baffled, he’d never seen anything like it.
“He basically said ‘you’re fat and there’s really nothing we can do until you lose at least 100 to 150lbs’.
“After exercising and it was growing larger I realised at that point it really didn’t matter how much weight I lost; it was growing faster than I could lose the weight.”
In seven years Dan’s scrotum grew uncontrollably and took over his life.
His penis and testicles remain normal size but they are engulfed by his gigantic scrotum.
Not only has it destroyed Dan’s confidence, but it has left the otherwise happily married couple unable to have sex.
“The last time we had marital relations was on March 19, 2006,” Mindy said.
“Dan has become a prisoner of his own body and I’ve become a prisoner with him.
“He’s not able to do any of the things he loves doing.
“If he wasted to go out and get a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread on the way home, Dan can’t do that.
“If he wanted to take a shower all by himself, he can’t.
“If I had to list them all it would be an hour long show of things that have been taken away from him one by one.”
In a desperate attempt to slow the growth down Mindy and Dan wrap his testicles in compression bandages every day.
“We use the bandages to try and stop it growing further, but we also use the bandages to try and break it up a little bit so it might get smaller,” Mindy added.
“We are only slowing it down, we aren’t stopping it.
“It’s like trying to stop the sea with a sand bucket, it’s not happening.”
Left housebound and in constant pain, Dan is unable to exercise to try and lose the weight doctors believe is the cause of his condition.
The only exercise he can do is swimming in the local pool – the only thing him and Mindy can still do together.
While Mindy says helping Dan is “just what you do for someone you love”, Dan is worried the strain it puts on their relationship will one day drive Mindy away.
“I think it’s an underlying strain this has put on our relationship,” Dan said.
“It’s one of this things where you don’t want to think about it, but it’s definitely there.”
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