One day I noticed blood in my urine. This happened only twice and so I didn’t think too much about it - I just put it down to a strain or too much alcohol. Eventually I called my local sexual health clinic and on the same day went to see a GP. After discussing my symptoms, I was referred to a urologist at the Blackpool Victoria Hospital. I had a blood test and some scans to find out what the problem was.
I then received a letter that said I needed to have an emergency biopsy. This was very alarming and my brain was going all over the place. I remember wondering all sorts of things like “am I going to die?”
I was booked in quickly for a biopsy – I was impressed by how fast everything was done. When I went back for my results the consultant was very matter of fact. He said “you have prostate cancer” whilst he made notes and looked at the screen. I was then given loads of information and different options, but I couldn’t think or take anything in. I was in total shock. I went from not having a clue about cancer, to walking out with cancer.