One of the things my mother taught me was to never give up. She showed me this first hand whilst she battled with cancer for over nine years. She was initially given three years to live. She sure showed strength and courage during that time. Little did I know how much I would need to draw on that many years later until a few weeks ago..
Very recently, on her birthday, I was told I had my own battle to fight. At the age of 35, I have been diagnosed with Stage-three bowel cancer.
I have lived an extremely healthy life and I am hoping my health will be an asset to my survival through beating this cancer. I love training and pushing my body to new levels of fitness. Just recently, I ranked the highest male member in the 2016 CrossFit games open, something which I am really proud of.
I thrive on the physical nature of my job as a mechanic. I have worked on cars for as long as I can remember.
I also love getting out on my boat and catching all kinds of fish from Flathead to Mako shark or Tuna.
I have worked hard to look after and provide for my three children (aged 6, 11 and 13) and have a beautiful partner who is by my side every step of the way. My children need their dad as all children do, and this is why I am going to fight like I've never fought before.
So as my battle begins, I aim to keep my life as 'normal' as possible. I will need to keep going to the gym and do what I can manage in there. I need to keep fishing and to keep my hands busy at work. Continuing with these things will help me to keep my sanity.
So as my friends and family find out my news, and are just as shocked as I am, they have asked if they can do anything to help. I am unsure of just how costly the next chapter will be, but I would be grateful for any financial support. I don't accept help lightly, but I know that I have too much to loose if I don't accept the help that is being offered to me.
I will be treated using radiation, chemotherapy and finally surgery to remove part of my bowel. The treatment will mean that I am unable to work for periods of time. I will have medical expenses and appointments and tests (lots of tests) and numerous other financial commitments that will pop up along the way.
I feel very humbled to have such amazing support from the team at CFG who have set this campaign up for me and cannot thank each of you enough.
I will make my mum proud and I will beat this cancer with your help.
Clifton Springs, Victoria 3222
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