Technoblade’s Cancer Battle
- It’s not uncommon for Technoblade, the famous American Minecraft YouTuber, to go silent for weeks at a time, especially since he’s also fighting cancer. But it’s been three weeks since he posted a video, and fans are wondering where he is.
- On Aug. 27, 2021, Technoblade posted a video entitled “where I’ve been” to his YouTube channel. The 13-minute video shared some shocking news: he had been diagnosed with cancer.
- His last cancer update, which was posted about four months ago (at the end of last year), revealed that he almost became an amputee because of his cancer.
It’s not uncommon for Technoblade, the famous American Minecraft YouTuber, to go silent for weeks at a time, especially since he’s also fighting cancer. But it’s been three weeks since the 22-year-old from San Francisco, Calif., posted a video to his YouTube channel, and four months since he gave fans an update about his health amid his cancer diagnosis. (The type and stage of Technoblade’s cancer has not been made public.)Read More
@JiaThaPig posted to Twitter on Thursday morning: “where the f*ck is Technoblade”
ʷʰᵉʳᵉ ᴡʜᴇʀᴇ 🆆🅷🅴🆁🅴
ｗｈｅｒｅ 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 ʷʰᵉʳᵉ
where the fuck is Technoblade
— jia 🐷🇵🇭 loves technoblade (@JiaThaPig) April 28, 2022
Twitter user @kia_is_mean responded to the tweet in all caps: “WHERE IS HE”
WHERE IS HE
— .kai | 🍡 | 🎗 (@kai_is_mean) April 29, 2022
Technoblade’s fans miss him, which is understandable!
Fellow Twitter user @potatodrawer8 posted a “confession” on Monday night on the topic: “I have a confession, this is hard for me to say but I really have to … I miss Technoblade.”
I have a confession, this is hard for me to say but I really have to,
I miss Technoblade.
— Potato (@potatodrawer8) April 26, 2022
@creroyal2 responded: “Who doesn’t”
— 👑Creroyal-C 👑 (@creroyal2) April 26, 2022
It seems the YouTuber’s entire fanbase is missing him and hoping he’s OK, of course, as he continues to battle cancer.
two things im good at are being gay and missing technoblade
— aki 💭 (@psyduckistired) April 29, 2022
Technoblade’s Cancer Battle
On Aug. 27, 2021, Technoblade posted a video entitled “where I’ve been” to his YouTube channel. The 13-minute video shared some shocking news: Technoblade has cancer.
“In the last two days of July, I noticed that my right arm was starting to hurt a decent amount. My best guess was that it was some kind of repetitive stress injury because I’d been playing video games since the age of 5 pretty much non-stop,” Technoblade said in the video.
However, a few days of rest didn’t alleviate his pain, and he noticed a lot of swelling in his right shoulder.
In early August of last year, Technoblade went to the doctor to get scans. It was then that he received his cancer diagnosis.
“That really couldn’t have gone worse,” he said.
Once the news broke, fans began using the hashtag, #technobladeneverdies, on YouTube and Twitter to show their support and love for the content creator, just as they’re doing now. Some fans went as far as shaving their heads in solidarity with Technoblade, while others (and some fellow YouTubers) raised thousands of dollars for cancer research in Technoblade’s name.
Technoblade described waiting for the official diagnosis as a nerve-wracking process: “I want to see people sprinting, I want to see some urgency. There’s this tumor on my arm, if you guys could just get rid of it right now … do what you got to do.”
His last cancer update, which was posted about four months ago (at the end of last year), revealed that he almost became an amputee because of his cancer.
The gamer had been going through chemotherapy and radiation in preparation for surgery to remove the cancer from his right arm. (He’s since completely chemotherapy and confirmed that his hair is growing back.)
“In early October (2021), I’m talking to my surgeon and he’s not coming out and saying this 100 percent, but the vibe I’m getting is that he thinks it’s going to be necessary to amputate my right arm to actually get the cancer,” Technoblade said in his update video, entitled “I Almost Became An Amputee,” uploaded on Dec. 23 of last year.
There was a lot of back and forth with his doctor about whether he would actually need to have his arm amputated, but his doctor ultimately presented him with two options: limb-salvage surgery, which would save his arm, or a complete amputation of the arm.
“My mom asks, ‘If this is your child, what would you do?’ And (the doctor) says, ‘Yeah, I probably keep the arm,’ and I’m like, ‘Would amputating increase my survival loads compared to the other one?’ And (the doctor) goes, ‘No, not really,’” Technoblade explained.
“Well, and why would anyone do that? Why was this presented as an option?” he said, adding that he decided to go with the first procedure option: a limb-salvage surgery, allowing him to keep his right arm.
When Technoblade woke up from his limb-salvage surgery, he said he “proceeded to have the worst week of my life.”
“I wake up and my right arm can’t move, which is pretty expected. But what’s less expected for me is that my left leg can’t move either, it is covered in bandages,” Technoblade said. “So, basically I knew that to reconstruct my shoulder after the surgery, they needed to take some muscle and skin from elsewhere on the body, but I thought they were going to take the muscle from my back, from the latissimus dorsi.”
“And I was fine with that because nobody cares about the latissimus dorsi, it’s like, the most worthless muscle! But instead, they took it out of my quadriceps. That’s like, my best muscle!”
His surgery didn’t go exactly as expected, but Technoblade said he’s doing well and was recovering at home — with both of his arms! We hope you’re still doing well, Technoblade, and that you’ll grace the internet with more content soon!