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At 44 years of age my life was turned upside down when I was told I had bowel cancer. I had 2 boys aged 9 and 3 and my wife was 5 months pregnant with our Daughter. Although my bowels had never been happy ( I was diagnosed with irritable bowel when I was 21) I never thought this might happen.

My rectum was removed and I lived with billy the  bag for a year and half until that was reversed and my bowel connected again. I am now 51 and clear and although my bowels still play a big part in my life I have learnt to ignore it and get on with living. Being open about my illness has played a big part in dealing with it.

 

 

Why do you support Bowel Disease Research Foundation?

Because one day they will find a cure

What makes you happy?

Being with my wife and children

What is your greatest fear?

Not living life to the full

What is your most treasured possession?

It’s not a possession as such but my wife’s hand in mine

Who would play you in the film of your life?

Jim Carrey

Which book changed your life?

The Cruise of the Amaryllis by GHP Muhlhauser

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

A farmer

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?

I can’t print that here but I worked in life assurance sales and my manager said some pretty unpleasant things

Which living person do you most admire, and why?

My wife for her drive, love and persistency

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?

More time

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My children

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