When dad Rob Gore began dropping pounds he thought it was all the way down to stress and never consuming correctly.
However when kin of the 38-year-old seen simply how a lot weight he had misplaced they urged him to hunt medical assist and he was despatched for exams.
Rob, who has a four-year-old daughter and two stepsons, was given the devastating information he had bowel most cancers.
The dad, who’s married to Kirsty and lives in Warrington, is telling his story to mark this yr’s Bowel Most cancers Consciousness Month.
The marketing campaign takes locations throughout April to boost consciousness of the situation and its signs and encourage anybody who is anxious to hunt medical help.
Rob informed the Liverpool Echo : “I’d seen some blood after I went to the bathroom and my mother-in-law commented on how a lot weight I’d misplaced at a household occasion.
“We put it all the way down to stress at work, not consuming proper and possibly an excessive amount of alcohol. However Kirsty booked me an appointment anyway.”
The check found most cancers in Rob’s bowel, together with nodules on his liver and lung.
He mentioned: “By the point I obtained my prognosis, I’d resigned myself to the actual fact it was severe.
“Kirsty was clearly devastated. I feel my optimistic angle all through all this has actually helped her.
“If I keep optimistic, it places her thoughts at relaxation. The youngsters have taken all of this of their stride.
“At first, they had been all the time asking if they might assist me. They’re superb and took to those adjustments in our household like geese to water.”
Rob was fitted with a stoma bag and commenced six rounds of chemotherapy in March 2019.
Two years after his prognosis, he continues to obtain chemotherapy and had profitable surgical procedure to his liver in December 2020.
“The longer term seems to be good, and I’m recovering effectively from my surgical procedure and the therapy I’m having,” he mentioned.
“I belief the groups taking care of me implicitly. They know what they’re doing and I’m in the easiest palms with the NHS.
“By no means have I wished to surrender – this most cancers is extra of an inconvenience than something and I simply take each day because it comes.
“My household typically joke that I discuss my most cancers an excessive amount of however speaking about it brazenly helps me and hopefully helps my household in the event that they see me being optimistic about it. It’s them that maintain me going.”
Dr Danielle Shaw, Marketing consultant in Medical Oncology at The Clatterbridge Most cancers Centre NHS Basis Belief, who has led Rob’s care, mentioned: “I’m delighted that Rob has such a robust assist community round him and them noticing his weight reduction and reserving an appointment together with his GP was an important first step in his prognosis.
“Most cancers care stays a precedence for the NHS. If in case you have signs you’re frightened about that persist for 3 weeks or extra, please go and see your GP as Rob did.
“Blood once you go to the bathroom, persistent pains in your abdomen or sudden weight reduction might be an indication of bowel most cancers however the earlier it’s seen to, the extra treatable it’s.”