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End not nigh as cancer survivor Chris tackles run
4:00pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
BOWEL cancer survivor Chris Bray is aiming to show that his diagnosis doesn’t mean that “the end is nigh” by taking on a half marathon.
The dad-of-three is to take on Sunday’s challenge to help the cancer charity which supported him. The Chipping Norton hospital manager was diagnosed in 2010.
He said: “I was 45 and seemingly healthy, when one day I went to the loo and bled from my bottom for the first time ever.
“I didn’t tick any of the boxes that would have put me at risk of cancer, but I knew something was wrong, so I went to A&E.”
It was a decision that probably saved his life.
He said: “Some doctors might have looked at my medical history and told me to go away and see if it happened again.
“ Thankfully I had a cautious doctor that day who sent me for a scan.”
Tests found a large tumour in his bowel and that the cancer had spread into his lymphatic system.
He said: “It was shocking. This tumor had to be a reasonable size without me even realising I had it.”
A 2010 operation at Oxford’s Churchill Hospital removed the tumor and surrounding area.
Wife Gill and children Tom 18, Meg, 13, and Jenny, 11 took the news “as well as could be expected” he said.
During his treatment Mr Bray called the Macmillan Cancer Support line on several occasions.
He said: “They were helpful for non-urgent but important questions - I didn’t realise how much they did.”
Mr Bray, who manages clinical trials for heart disease and stroke for Oxford University, got an all clear at his recent three-year cancer check.
He will be checked for two more years, but says he has returned to normal life and is addicted to running.
“I had been a runner before my cancer, but after my treatment it took off and this summer I ran most evenings.”
He managed 49m59s at May’s Oxford Town & Gown and hopes to raise £1,000 from Sunday’s 13.1-mile run.
He said: “I feel lucky that I am fit enough to compete and I want to show that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t mean that the end is nigh.”
Sponsor him at justgiving. co.uk/CJBray
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