Darren's Story - Bladder Cancer

Darren's Story

- Bladder Cancer

Darren was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2016 when he was 49.

On the day of the surgery to remove the cancer, a 9cm tumour was found that would transpire to be stage 3/4 kidney cancer. After Darren’s kidney was removed, a scan gave him the all-clear in March 2017. 

He started running and cycling again and took part in events supporting Cancer Research UK. “I felt invincible”, Darren said. 

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Then Darren started getting backache. He went to the doctor’s to get it checked. Scans showed he had a tumour in his sacrum and was told that his metastatic cancer was incurable. Now, Darren lives day by day, and week by week.  

Darren said: “Before diagnosis I was a keen runner and cyclist. I have competed in 4 London Marathon for various cancer related charities including CRUK and The Prudential 100 London - Surrey. And various other running events including CRUK Winter Run, Vitality 10000 and the British 10K.  

“Unfortunately, I cannot run anymore as treatment rendered me disabled. I still try desperately to keep fit, and I am so determined to be as positive as I can be every single day.”  

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