The Big C
So eleven months ago I got dealt that life changing card no one should ever hear, you have cancer. A bone cancer called Ewings Sarcoma to be precise, that had started to spread to my lungs. Since then my life has taken a massive U-turn and it’s been a tough road of 14 rounds of chemo, 6 weeks of radiotherapy and a major operation to remove the primary tumour from my right shoulder. For a very long time I struggled with acceptance, frustration, anger and load of other emotions. My body had changed in so many ways I didn’t want to look in the mirror and see a person looking back at me I didn’t recognize, so writing a blog was the last thing I could bring myself to do. However it would have probably been very beneficial for me.
Whenever I was suffering from a side effect of the treatment I would always take to Dr Google to try and find something that reassured me it was normal, it helped to read other peoples experiences that have gone through similar things. I could relate to little bits of different peoples story’s, and they were all amazing. However I never found a story from an otherwise healthy 26, now 27 year old guy that was a keen athlete suffering with a paediatric bone cancer. So, that’s why I’m starting this blog, to hopefully help anyone else going through a hard time, anyone just interested, to selfishly help myself accept it better and it will hopefully develop into my passion which is fitness and getting back into a good state of health. This blog will cover the journey from diagnosis, things I wasn’t expecting to do at 26, like banking sperm, the gruelling treatment and finally recovery and the fight back to fitness. I will try to keep it as full of humour as possible but it wont be winning any comedy awards, after all cancer isn’t fun and there are some things I cover that I have really struggled with and felt it was important to include. So, I am currently 3 weeks post operation with just two rounds of chemo left and all is going well, so close to the finish line and hopefully a couple of celebratory beers over Christmas using my new right arm!