I was diagnosed with Oesophageal Cancer in June 2014. At that time I weighed nearly 19 stone (120 kg). Today I weigh 14 stone (90 kg). After my first ECG the results showed that my left ventricle was not performing well enough for my operation to proceed.
At this point I was told that I wouldn’t survive until after Christmas that year without the operation. They then carried out further ECG’s and a cardiorespiratory test and discovered that, whilst my left ventricle wasn’t performing perfectly, the original ECG was incorrect. They did, however, discover that my level of fitness was good enough for the operation to proceed so, in October 2014, I had an oesophagectomy at the Churchill Hospital. Following my operation I was prescribed medication to lower my blood pressure. 6 years later I am cancer free and fighting fit.
Experience with Cancer Research
My career up to 2000 had been in advertising in some of the top 10 London agencies. I am now managing partner for the world’s largest mass-participation events photography company Marathon Photos.
I am very excited about being a member of the PPI Advisory Group and being able to pass on my considerable experience of being a cancer sufferer and patient. I look forward to working with researchers and medical teams alike to find the best way to communicate to patients and their carers.