Steve Prout, 40, runs a property rental company and lives in Berkshire with his partner Lizzie and son William, 10.
I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 36. I’d been feeling in good health and was in the shower at the gym when I first noticed the lump. Cancer wasn’t something I gave a second thought to prior to my diagnosis and I assumed I’d simply overdone it on the exercise bike. Six weeks later the lump was still there so I visited my GP who referred me for a scan.
I now live life more than I used to and treasure the relationships I have with my friends and family.
At the hospital I could tell by the consultant’s face that it was bad news – his screen showed a cancerous mass about the size of a ping pong ball. I went into complete shock. I was still a relatively young man; what if I wasn’t there to see my son grow up?
Things moved quickly following my diagnosis and 5 days later I had an operation to remove the affected testicle. I also needed a one off-dose of chemotherapy, which was exhausting and probably hit me the hardest.
I still have check-up scans every month and can’t wait to reach the five-year all-clear marker in 2014.
The whole experience has changed me a lot, but I would like to think for the better. I now live life more than I used to and treasure the relationships I have with my friends and family. I would rather earn less and have more time with them.