I was diagnosed with a type of blood cancer called follicular lymphoma in 2011 at the age of 40, whilst my wife Clare was pregnant with our third child.
“I felt perfectly well but had these lumps from my swollen lymph nodes. It was strange to feel this way but be told that I had cancer. I immediately felt numb and the whole thing did not feel real.
“My wife Clare was pregnant with our third child at the time so it was particularly challenging for us both. We really needed to help each other keep it together for the sake of the kids and Clare was the most amazing supporter of all. Dealing with all the demands of family life while I went through chemotherapy was bad enough for her but going through pregnancy and the early months of our daughter’s life without me in full health was incredible.
“In December 2011 a scan showed that I had good 'partial' remission. Full remission is very rare with my cancer so this was an excellent result and I am now only receiving top-up treatments every 8 weeks for the next 2 years.
“My treatment has no side-effects, other than making me feel ill on the day I am treated, and allows me to return to work fully and get on with life as normally as possible with no health problems slowing me down.
“After receiving such incredible support from friends and work colleagues during my cancer experience, I have decided to take part in this year’s London Bikeathon as a way to repay them all and raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.
“Cancer is such a tough experience and you can easily be filled with very depressing or scary thoughts, so doing something positive is a very good thing."
You can support Alan’s ride at his JustGiving page.