One of the consequences of John’s cancer treatment affected his ability to have sex.
“Being a young lad and wanting to have children, something you usually take for granted, was completely taken away.”
Gemma said: “Even though he was no longer ill with the cancer, he was left with a body that had been ravaged and that he couldn’t be sexually active.”
In 2019, John had an operation to give him back some sexual function. He received a bionic implant which, in his own words, gave him “the ability to be a man again”.
The couple look forward to their future together, however, the fear that the cancer may return plays on their minds every day.