When you’re faced with life and death, you choose life

I was 35 and had only just embarked on what should have been the most exciting chapter of my life so far. I was living in Australia with my girlfriend Laura, and whilst working on making the most of the hospitality and weather.

But the care-free life we were just starting to enjoy wasn’t to last, and in a devastating turn of fortunes we were faced with a choice that no one should have to consider; life or death.

Cancer 52 Members Meeting, July 2017

Cancer52 is an alliance of 90 organisations, within the UK, working to address inequality and improve outcomes for patients with highly challenging disease, such as pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP). 52 percent of UK cancer deaths have been determined to be from the less common cancers (although recent statistics show a likely increase to 54%).

Feeling proud

My 10-year-old son has recently been to pioneer week where he goes to his new secondary school for a week to experience life there. He was asked to write about someone who inspires them.

I used to lie in bed with this constant nagging pain where my appendix was

When I was 14, I used to lie in bed with this constant nagging pain where my appendix was. Every night, I was convinced that this would be the night it would explode, but it never did. Roll on 25 years and innumerable investigations and potions for IBS, haemorrhoids etc, etc. Nothing ever changed this pain. So I ignored it and got on with life, which largely revolved around being a highly stressed staff nurse and lots of body-damaging fitness (ultra-marathons etc).

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