To all who know Kyal, he is the life and soul of the party. He’s outgoing, confident, hilarious, totally selfless and the best friend anyone could ask for. He has done so much and continues to for so many people, now he needs all the help he can get.
My husband Kyal first noticed a lump on his testicle in May 2015 just six months after we had got engaged and less than a year into his university course. Although he acted quickly his first appointment didn’t go well, the lump was missed by the Doctor. Unconvinced, Kyal booked another appointment with a different Doctor. The results for this second test came back inconclusive.
At this point, Kyal decided to go privately to see a specialist and was given the dreaded news and diagnosed with testicular cancer. Since his diagnosis in May, he had been attending counselling sessions ran by MacMillan where he had met other cancer patients and heard their stories. He told me that seeing a 9-year-old boy who has leukaemia talk about how he feels and his determination to beat it, is what gave him the push he needed to open up to his loved ones.
“I will not let this change my life or stop us from doing what we’ve always wanted to do. We will still have the life I promised you” – Kyal Bacchus-Brown
Kyal had surgery in November 2015 to have the tumour removed and a course of chemotherapy. The surgery was hailed as ‘successful’ at first.Chemo wiped Kyal out; he couldn’t leave his bed for weeks. Unfortunately, at his post surgery check-up, we found the tumour had spread to his other testicle and was now more aggressive.
Throughout this entire time, on top of fighting cancer, Kyal attended the University of Southbank studying to become a Quantity Surveyor. His Dean & teachers told him to defer his course until he had recovered, so it wouldn’t affect his grades. But as Kyal said from the beginning, “I will not let this change my life”. He was determined and maintained the highest grades. In November 2017 my amazing husband graduated with a First-Class Honours degree in Quantity Surveying. However, during this year we also learned that the cancer had now spread into his lymph nodes and this tumour was significantly bigger.
A more precise type of radiotherapy called Proton Beam Therapy was introduced to us as well as a cocktail of medications called TKI’s (cancer blockers)as a potential new treatment towards the end of 2017. This type of radiotherapy only targets the tumoursand does not damage the healthy cells surrounding it, thus limiting the side effects. Kyal was now at a critical junction in his battle and now fighting for his life and had no choice but to begin treatment as soon as possible.
This treatment began in February 2018 for 8 months. The results were miraculous - all three tumours had shrunk significantly and Kyal for the first time in years believed he was well on the way to finally defeating cancer. The Dr found the results remarkable and we all felt positive by the way Kyal was responding to the treatment, that another course of this treatment would not only save his life but bring his pain to an end and allow this truly amazing, loving and kind-hearted man to live the life he truly deserves.
As great as this news was, the tumours are still there. Unfortunately, at this point we have depleted our entire savings and income as this treatment is not available or funded by the NHS.
We have turned to Crowd Funding, as we do not have enough money to fund the next and hopefully final round of this incredible treatment. Even still, he refuses to allow cancer to determine his way of life, and we strongly believe his willpower and defiance is what has kept him with us.
Kyal means the world and more to me, and so many others who know him and we cannot begin to imagine life without him.For as long as I have known and loved my husband, he has always put everyone else first. Always there to help others whenever needed, a completely selfless soul and for him I ask for help.
Please help us achieve this target by donating and sharing our story, and overcome the cost of this life saving treatment for Kyal and help make our dreams of one day having our own family a reality.
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