Nick Lovell

Nick Lovell

Nick took part in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne to London cycle ride to raise funds for the Cancer Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital. Here is his story: 

 

‘I was diagnosed with appendix cancer in Nov 2012 and underwent surgery to remove the tumour and a part of the large and small intestines. Following this I had to have chemotherapy so I signed up for the Scott Trial as I decided that I would like to help with cancer research for people in the future. The trial is to see if patients have the same results from four sessions of chemo as they do with eight, if so it will greatly reduce the after effects that chemo has on your body. Luck of the draw - I got eight sessions. I underwent months of hell each chemo session making me worse and worse. I was a prisoner in my own home just too ill to go anywhere or do anything. The Cancer Unit were exceptional, all the staff were so helpful and understanding. I was totally shocked at the amount of patients that they deal with on a daily basis, it is seriously eye opening. Now I feel that I would like to do some fundraising for the Cancer Unit so they are able to carry on with the amazing job they do.
I strongly feel that cancer awareness should be promoted and people should not be ignorant towards it, if I hadn't have gone to the doctors with my symptoms when I did I was told I would have been dead by June has I had T4, the most aggressive form of Cancer. I still have to have a scan and blood tests every six months but it’s all positive at the moment. I am a prime example that cancer can affect anyone. I have never smoked, don't drink, led a very active and healthy lifestyle and have never been overweight.

So I am giving back, it’s not going to be an easy challenge but with the support from a good friend Martin Williams who will be riding with me I am determined I will complete it.’