By writer to www.eastlothiancourier.com
A YOUNG dad who was recognized with bowel most cancers on Father’s Day has vowed to maintain combating.
John McCallum and spouse Lorna Forsyth need to increase greater than £200,000, which might see him fly to Germany for a liver transplant.
Already, greater than £30,000 has been raised to assist fund the journey, which had left the father-of-two “gobsmacked”.
He stated: “For each myself and Lorna, we’re each fairly proud and don’t need to go cap in hand however we’re each decided and fighters, and this must be finished.
“The quantity of occasions now we have had unhealthy information from the oncologist – what do you do? We’re simply not giving up.
“The quantity of analysis my spouse has finished and that’s one factor, you retain combating, hold combating, hold combating.
John together with his younger kids Emma and Ivy
“It’s actually educating your self on what’s on the market – totally different remedies, totally different medication and bringing it to the desk and asking ‘what about this?’
“[It’s about] being your individual advocate on your care.
“We’re each simply decided fighters and we’re not going to surrender if I can purchase myself one other 65 to 70 years; we’re not going to surrender on that.”
Thirty-five-year-old John, who lives in Haddington with Lorna and their two kids – three-year-old Emma and one-year-old Ivy – had beforehand performed linebacker for the Edinburgh Wolves American soccer crew and likewise loved a season taking part in rugby with Forrester in Edinburgh.
A eager runner and combined martial artist, he was shocked when he was given the prognosis final yr.
He stated: “There have been no indicators or signs.
“There has by no means been most cancers in my household and I’ve finished checks since and I’ve received no pre-anything to say I might get most cancers or it might be seemingly.
“It got here as a little bit of a shock.
“I had pains in my stomach in Could final yr.
“Medical doctors stated I had a fever and ache in my stomach and it might be Covid.
“Assessments got here again unfavorable and two days later the ache had gone away.
“Three weeks later, it got here again and it was lots worse.
“I’ve received a very excessive ache threshold however this was excruciating and I went to the hospital and received morphine and every part.
“I then received moved from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (ERI) to the Western Common and so they did a scan and so they thought it might be colitis, an irritation of the intestine, or my appendix.”
A fundraising web page for John has raised greater than 33,000 up to now. Donations may be made at gofundme.com/f/9g9rx-help-john-beat-stage-4-cancer
Nonetheless, it was throughout a prolonged operation that surgeons discovered a big tumour, which had precipitated a perforation in his bowel.
Since then, John, who was recognized with stage 4 bowel most cancers, has undergone chemotherapy, with docs fearing that his liver might by no means be operable.
John, who works for HSBC, and the donor would journey to Germany for a transplant, which might see three operations – one to take away a part of the liver from the donor, with John’s liver eliminated over two surgical procedures – carried out.
The household is making an attempt to boost £220,000, with members of the general public supporting him.
He stated: “I assumed there can be no likelihood we might get close to £30,000.
“I’m completely astonished by how form individuals have been and simply from individuals sharing the story; it has been shared 2,000 occasions and seeing individuals speaking about you that you’ve by no means met.
“Everyone is pulling collectively and it restores your religion in humanity after every part you see on tv.
“It’s superb how individuals have been, simply superb.”
To help the household, go to gofundme.com/f/9g9rx-help-john-beat-stage-4-cancer