I was a fit, active non-smoker when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the age of 58. I was stunned. I couldn't understand why it was me. My brother-in-law had died from the disease 14 years earlier, but I thought it was an unlucky one off. I thought if I had prostate cancer, I would know about it. I was wrong on both points. I had surgery to remove the cancer in 2009 and since my recovery I have been working to help others learn from my experience.
It was a complete shock when I was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer. If I had not seen the poster of the dripping tap in the pharmacy, I may not be here today.
In 2010, I decided to sail solo around the UK to raise awareness and to raise money. Apart from my experience with prostate cancer, it was the biggest challenge of my life but it was worth it. It's so important to make more men aware of this disease. That's why I donated the £10,000 raised on the voyage, to Prostate Cancer UK to support their tireless campaigning across the UK.
"It was a shock when I was told I had prostate cancer at the age of 51. I knew I was more likely to be diagnosed because my Dad was living with the disease, but the result still really knocked me."
It was a shock when I was told I had prostate cancer at the age of 51. I knew I was more likely to be diagnosed because my Dad was living with the disease, but the result still really knocked me.See all stories