Stephen Huff grew up and lived baseball in Tennessee. He received a college scholarship as a pitcher at Austin Peay State University, where he was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He was the epitome of health.
"Being an athlete and being a pro athlete, training and taking care of my body was my lifestyle," he told MensHealth.com. "I trained every day and walked 8 to 8 miles at a time, I was always very watchful, what I eat, what I drink, I've always tried to eat organically, I mean, I was afraid to take Tylenol "
A few years after leaving the minor league and spending time training baseball, he went back to school to finish his apprenticeship and start a new career. When he finished his first year of computer schooling in high school, he felt a bit uncomfortable.
"For a long time I was very asymptomatic," he said. "I had some vague symptoms – I felt like I was suffering from indigestion or heartburn, and by the end of 2016 and early 2017, I had a nagging cough and a whistling sensation."