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Syed

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Syed, (Age 34)

My cancer story…

“Hello I am Syed and I’m depicting what happened to me and all the events which led up to my cancer and the diagnosis of my cancer.”

“I went to my doctor and that’s me being told by my doctor there’s no problem. There’s me walking, and my leg really hurt , I fell over and the ambulance came. I was conscious but in a lot of pain.

And then ‘you have cancer’. Actually I took it really well. They asked me do you have any questions and all I said was how are you going to fix me?

I didn’t ask anything else like am I going to die, I just asked what’s going to happen. The worst case scenario is you might die, the second best is they might chop your leg off and the best scenario is that you’ll have a replacement leg and the chemo will start.

Hopefully fingers crossed, they are telling me I’ll have a replacement leg, should be a good one so I’m quite happy. I might come out of hospital saying ‘no leg’ but it doesn’t matter, it’s better than being dead.”

“When I came here the doctor said we’re doing this EURAMOS trial on people with bone tumours. He gave me a couple of days to think about it.”

“My uncle who is a doctor told me to go for it. He said that it’s a good trial to go on. I said alright, nothing to lose and plus if it helps anyone, benefits anyone in the future, you can’t be selfish all your life. You can give back something to society.

The other way I look at is my parents are immigrants and there are countries out there you wouldn’t have a chance, you’d die within a few years. As I said I’m a very positive person and I like to look at things in a very positive light”.

“In everything I do I’m very positive, and very competitive. Everything I do my business, my work, and when I play football I like to win and even with this cancer I want to win, I don’t want to let it get me down, get me depressed and ultimately as I said if I don’t make it I don’t make it but that’s just life.

You never know tomorrow when I leave hospital I could get hit by a bus and it all could be a waste of time but it’s not, while you’re living you try things.”

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