When dad Rob Gore began reducing weight he thought it was all the way down to stress and never consuming correctly.
However when kin of the 38-year-old observed 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 lift consciousness of the situation and its signs and encourage anybody who is worried to hunt medical help.
Rob advised the Liverpool Echo : “I’d observed 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 social gathering.
“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 take a look at found most cancers in Rob’s bowel, together with nodules on his liver and lung.
He stated: “By the point I acquired my prognosis, I’d resigned myself to the actual fact it was critical.
“Kirsty was clearly devastated. I believe my optimistic perspective all through all this has actually helped her.
“If I keep optimistic, it places her thoughts at relaxation. The children have taken all of this of their stride.
“To start with, they had been at all times asking if they may assist me. They’re wonderful and took to those adjustments in our household like geese to water.”
Rob was fitted with a stoma bag and started 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 long run seems to be good, and I’m recovering nicely from my surgical procedure and the remedy I’m having,” he stated.
“I belief the groups taking care of me implicitly. They know what they’re doing and I’m in the perfect fingers with the NHS.
“By no means have I needed to surrender – this most cancers is extra of an inconvenience than something and I simply take on daily basis because it comes.
“My household typically joke that I discuss my most cancers an excessive amount of however speaking about it overtly 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, Advisor in Medical Oncology at The Clatterbridge Most cancers Centre NHS Basis Belief, who has led Rob’s care, stated: “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 apprehensive about that persist for 3 weeks or extra, please go and see your GP as Rob did.
“Blood whenever you go to the bathroom, persistent pains in your abdomen or sudden weight reduction may very well be an indication of bowel most cancers however the earlier it’s seen to, the extra treatable it’s.”