A FARMER from Alcester is to speak out about his battle with bowel cancer.
Wayne Smith will talk at national charity Beating Bowel Cancer’s patient day where he will explain about his diagnosis last July.
Wayne noticed he was going to the loo more often and went to see his GP who immediately referred him for tests.
Six weeks later he was told he had bowel cancer and that he would need to undergo surgery to remove the tumour.
Wayne was determined to carry on working on his vegetable, sheep and pig farm, so wrote to the surgeon at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital telling them about how important successful surgery would be to his quality of life. The surgeon later said that he’d never had a letter which had touched him so much.
Wayne said: “I had excellent care at Royal Worcestershire and was so pleased and relieved to be able to get back to life on the farm.”
The free patient day will be held at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital on Saturday April 8.
Patients and their families will be able to receive advice on healthy living before and after treatment, take part in a keep fit session, carers session and find out about advances in surgery and treatment.
Visit www.beatingbowelcancer.org/patient-day to find out more.