Guy O’Leary is back on his feet after more than a year of cancer treatment — and to prove it he’s challenged himself to swim a mile each day during the month of May.
“My incredible surgeon performed a bowel resection straight away but a subsequent PET scan revealed the disease had spread to my liver,” he says.
“Another major operation, 11 cycles of chemo and many hard days later, I was back on my feet with clear scans and a future I thought I mightn’t have.”
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Two major operations, eleven cycles of chemo and some bad days behind me. Peace sign saying 'no more' and fingers crossed praying that it never comes back. I got my six months 'all clear' scan results today. To celebrate, and prove that I'm back to my old self, I'll be swimming a mile each day during the month of May to raise funds for the incredible Cancer Research! @cr_uk . Each day someone who helped me through will join me on the swim - 31 miles coming up! Please support! https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/guys-giving-page-23 @cr_uk #cancer #cancerresearchuk #cancerresearch #irishcancersociety
Now Guy wants to give back to the “brilliant” charity and the doctors and scientists it supports “who developed the diagnostics, surgical robots and chemo treatments that saved my life”.
He explains: “It is because of the skill of two amazing surgeons, an unbelievable oncologist, my amazing team of nurses, a relentlessly inquisitive wife and the work of Cancer Research that I am still alive today.
“The progress Cancer Research has made over the last three decades means that I was given a chance at survival. This was a chance my grandmother didn’t have when she fell ill with the disease in the mid-1980s.
“Having been through the horrors of cancer, I want to do everything I can to help the research effort.”