Three weeks later, he was diagnosed with colon cancer.
A year after that, he had a test to confirm it.
At the time, his doctor didn’t think it was a real tumour, and he continued to see specialists, and his specialist eventually diagnosed him with a lymphoma.
At this point, his life has been hell.
The cancer has spread throughout his body, causing him severe pain and difficulty breathing.
He also suffers from depression and anxiety.
But after getting cancer treatment, he is living life to the fullest, taking on all aspects of his job, from the daily challenges of running the company, to the challenges of caring for his wife, daughter and family.
As he looks to the future, his story is one that weaves with the reality of cancer treatments.
When did you realise that you were cancer-free?
After a series of tests and scans, I was diagnosed in December 2017 with colon Cancer.
It was the first time I had ever felt like I had been through a cancer diagnosis.
The initial symptoms were: pain, chest tightness, back and neck pain.
But the cancer was really bad, and it made me feel like I was in a lot of pain.
It was like a lotus bloom.
I had been on chemotherapy for four years, which was a lot for a cancer patient.
During the course of the course, I would go to the doctor for more tests, scans and treatments.
I had to be very careful with how much I was doing, as I didn’t want to damage my kidneys, which is where my kidneys are, or have too much blood in them, which would cause blood clots.
What was your life like when you had the cancer diagnosis?
I started to feel like my life was going to get much better, and I would be a lot happier and healthier.
I would do a lot more physical work.
At first, it was just me getting out of bed and going to the office and going through the normal routine of the day.
I’d go to my car and do a few errands.
But as I got older, I got more and more involved in my community, doing things like cleaning and gardening, so I started working part time, but also volunteering at local hospitals and nursing homes.
When I got cancer, I thought I would never go back to work, and that I would have to wait a little longer to get a job, and be a little more careful about how much work I was putting in, to be able to find work again.
But the cancer took a different turn when it metastasised.
I didn, in fact, get a new tumour.
I started seeing a specialist who diagnosed me with an advanced stage of colon Cancer in December 2018.
Why do you think you’re doing so well?
I have always been a very positive person, and have always believed that you are never too young to get cancer.
I’ve always wanted to be a part of a positive group of people, and so when the diagnosis came, it hit me hard.
I was so proud to be part of the positive group, and to be the cancer survivor that I am today.
Is it something you have been doing since you were 15?
Yes, I’ve been doing it for about two years now, and now I’m so far along that I feel like it’s been about a year.
How has your family been affected?
My wife is very happy, and has been through so much in life, and is very supportive.
My daughter is very strong, and very supportive, too.
She’s always been there for me, always taking care of me.
I’m not even really sure how much her mother understands, but she knows she has to be strong for her.
Who are your favourite people to meet?
Probably my wife.
I meet her all the time.
I’ll go into the pub and ask her who she’s seeing, and she’ll tell me her favourite people.
Do you think there’s anything you wish you had known before getting the cancer?
Have you ever regretted anything?
Yeah, but I have always learned from my mistakes.
Would you have chosen your job, or your wife, if you were not cancer-positive?
I definitely would have chosen my job.
I could not have done it without my wife and the support of my family.
It’s been a great journey for both of us, and we will always be grateful to have met each other.
Are there any other experiences that you would like to share?
Well, I’m really lucky to have such good friends, especially my friends in the fitness community, and also the gym.
They are so supportive, and there’s no better friends to have around you.
This article was originally published in FourFourtwo.