My life was changed forever in February 2017 when, weeks before my 50th birthday, I was diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer. I’m married and have two children (14 and 10) from a previous marriage and, at the time of diagnosis, a 6 month old baby.
My cancer has spread out of the prostate to my bladder and bones which means it can’t be operated on. I’ve have chemotherapy and now rely on hormone injections to manage the cancer. The reality is its never going to go away or get better (unless there is a major breakthrough very soon – I can only hope) and my time left is limited. The prognosis at diagnosis was around 5 years. This was reduced when scans after my chemotherapy showed active cancer in my spine. I don’t know exactly what that means but I’m guessing I’ve got 3-4 years at best.
I intend to make the most of what is left and create as many memories as possible for my wife and children. This blog is about capturing some of this and giving me a bit of a focus and outlet.
An unexpected positive of such a damming prognosis is that I fully intend to make the most of life, so, I’m doing different things; noticing greatness in small things and choosing to do things that, perhaps before, I might have put off. Expect to see things unremarkable but beautiful; travel; travel with kids; travel without kids. You name it, i’m saying ‘yes’ a lot more!