Putting life into perspective
Lloyd is determined to not to take anything for granted after his diagnosis with prostate cancer at the age of 43.
When Lloyd was first told he has prostate cancer, he was 'gutted' and described it as the 'worst thing you can be told'.
He was diagnosed at the age of 43 (although he could have had the disease at 42) and was informed that he has five to ten years to live. However, this is based on someone older than him. Lloyd feels that he could double that time and live for another 20 years and see his children grow up. He is remaining positive.
Lloyd had no symptoms and has no family history of prostate cancer. He only went to the doctor when he noticed blood in his semen.
He said that he was 'over the moon' with his treatment and that his treatment journey happened very quickly. Lloyd had six sessions of chemotherapy and didn’t take any time off work as the treatment didn’t make him feel unwell.
Lloyd also had radiotherapy and hormone therapy. In December his PSA level went down to 0.7, which is better than most healthy men.
After his diagnosis, Lloyd said that two men on his Facebook went to get tested because of him. Luckily they were diagnosed with prostate cancer at an early stage. Lloyd said 'everything I am doing is for awareness'.
After being diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, Lloyd feels that you shouldn’t take anything for granted and tries to impose that outlook on other people. He said that he is very lucky that at 45 he has 'wonderful kids' and 'a wife that loves me'. He said all of that 'puts life into perspective'.
The Leeds March for Men is a good reason to get out and get some fresh air with your family and friends.
Lloyd also said that dealing with death is 'harder when you get older' as 'you want to continue having a good life'. He went on to say that it is difficult 'when you know what you’re going to lose'.
Lloyd believes that 'miracles do happen' and that he is going to be the 'first person to self-heal'. He said that he is 'not going to die any time soon'.
Lloyd has done a lot for charity and took part in Jeff’s March in 2016 during which he raised £6,000. He also organised a charity ball for Prostate Cancer UK and raised £10,000.
With the Leeds March for Men, Lloyd likes that it is centred on Father’s Day and gives people an opportunity from all walks of life to appreciate their fathers. He likes that the March for Men promotes the message that 'we love our dads' and 'we don’t want our dads to die'.
Lloyd wants to try and get hundreds of his friends to take part. He said that it is a 'good reason to get out and get some fresh air with your family and friends'.
He would like the money raised from the Leeds March for Men to go 'straight towards a cure'.