A Wife's Tale
Prostate CancerMy darling husband Tim was almost given a death sentence - 'You have prostate cancer'. Until further tests results came back we were suspended in fear: we didn't know which cards fate would deal us we tried our best to smile through our tears.
"People are shocked when I tell them I've had a heart attack as I don't look like your typical heart attack patient."
In December 2015, a then 29-year-old Tomas started his day like any other day, up early for his daily bike ride, however it was while on the ride he felt an unusual shortness of breath and a pain in his left arm.
"I decided to go to the doctor and have a check-up after our financial planner suggested I should cancel a life insurance policy. I agreed but first decided to go and get a full round of medical checks to make sure everything was ok."
Ian Tanner is no stranger to cancer having lost his dad to bowel cancer, and also a brother in law and sister to law to cancer.
However, when Ian was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer in 2015 at the age of 61 it came as a bit of a shock as he had been leading a very fit and active lifestyle.
"I view prostate cancer as a tiger I'm living with in a very confined space that I've got to learn to live and deal with. It's there and it's always going to be there, I can either learn to live with it or I can let it defeat me."
Mark Smith, 58 was diagnosed with prostate cancer 7 years ago and has been keeping the tiger at bay ever since.