My name is Ben. I’m a husband and father of three wonderful daughters. I’m also a Bowel Cancer Patient. I’m reluctant to write cancer sufferer, because while it has certainly been an experience I would never say that I’ve really suffered. I have been very lucky with my treatment, the doctors, nurses and other medical staff and I’m very grateful for all the other support we’ve received. To suffer is endure something and I’ve done my best to embrace all the opportunities that cancer has presented to me. I always say that there are many good things to come from having cancer. I’ve made lots of new friends, I’ve retired, which has enabled me to spend lots of time with family and especially my girls (how many young fathers are able to say the same), my retirement has also meant that we went to Disneyland Paris. Being a young patient, I want to show my young daughters (they are 9, 4 and 16 months) that my positive spirit has endured, that I haven’t merely succumbed to cancer and I won’t let illness get in the way of living my life and realising my dreams.
We’ll never stop fighting and living life. Even though I technically have terminal cancer (they can’t cure me) my current treatment is working and I’m surprised about how much I can do. Before my diagnosis I ran a little and did the Great North Run in September 2011. I’d planned to do my first marathon at Blackpool in March 2012, but my symptoms started presenting, I couldn’t train and was diagnosed in March 2012 instead. Funny old life isn’t it? Since diagnosis I have had surgeries on my bowel and liver. I’m now on my fifth course of chemotherapy. Anyway, I’ve started running again and plan to run in the 2014 edition of the Blackpool Marathon in April. After that I’m planning to run six marathons in six months finishing with Berlin in September. Should be fun!!