" I was diagnosed with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), a type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, in January 2013. It all started in November 2012, when I went to my local doctor in west Wales to get a pain in my side checked out. I was a self-employed landscape gardener at the time and thought I’d maybe injured myself.
When I was given my diagnosis all could think about was how to tell my wife the news that I had blood cancer. As soon as I got home I burst into tears and told her everything. I’d heard about the side effects of cancer treatment but it’s hard to imagine what they’re like until you’ve been through them yourself. Despite this, I knew that in the long run my treatment was doing me good. After my fifth cycle of chemotherapy my consultant told me I was in remission but I had two more cycles just to make sure. I was overjoyed – I always tried to keep positive as I knew that would help me beat the disease.
Three years on I still have a few side effects from my treatment; I need crutches to walk and I can’t work but I’m so happy that I'm here to see my little boys grow up. Sometimes it hits me that I can't run around with them – but if it wasn't for the research done by Bloodwise I might not be here. Their work is so important in spreading awareness of blood cancer and in supporting and saving the lives of people like me."