Many people say that I look well from the outside, so it’s a good job that we don’t walk around inside out. Since being diagnosed there have been some really tough times, but also some good times, some large, some small, when these come along you embrace them with both arms. In 2012 I became a married man, with a beautiful wife and all my friends and family around me.
Since then, when able to dodge treatments, we have managed to make it back to NZ and have also managed a few holidays and short breaks away. My advice to others coping with cancer (and this includes their carers) is this: talk to others and accept help, don’t turn people away and be a martyr, it seriously helps to accept your situation.
If someone crosses the street or tries sprinting around the aisles of your local shop trying to avoid you, it doesn’t mean they’re a bad person, just that they don’t understand what this illness is about and how to deal with it.
Like many others, going through treatment and surgery, it’s been a long journey but one thing I’ve learnt is that sharing my knowledge and experience can help others”.