Dave on life after treatment

Dave has a glass of wine on the sofa with his partner Prue.
Dave has a glass of wine on the sofa with his partner Prue.

Before losing his wife to cancer, and receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer and kidney cancer himself, Dave had been coping with depression.

Following successful treatment for both cancers, Dave is now more positive than ever and is looking forward to the future.

Dave's story

Prior to my wife being diagnosed, I was always a glass half-empty and suffered from depression. This was a concern for her. However, over the years I have become a glass half-full person – even more so since my own diagnosis.

I consider myself very fortunate and lucky, and some people find this strange. Both my cancers were found early and have been treated. I have a wonderful GP who would not allow things to go un-investigated and I have received prompt and efficient treatment at hospital. I am not expected to require any further treatment for my prostate cancer, and it is unlikely I will require further treatment for my kidney cancer.

After my prostate operation, I had to wait six months before I could pick up a golf club again. However, less than three weeks after I had my kidney removed, I was back on the course playing very good golf. Getting back out on the golf course helped my recovery. It meant I was interacting with people again.

It’s been an amazing journey, and I feel like I’ve got a new lease of life. In June 2015 I achieved my lifelong ambition of climbing Helvellyn with my son, and over 12 months after being diagnosed with cancer, I'm getting married for the second time. 

I’m looking forward to seeing my granddaughters grow up, and I’m looking forward to my future.

Watch: Dave's story

Watch: Dave's story