In 2000, I was diagnosed with inoperable NSCLC. A devastating thing for anyone. I was treated at the Beatson in Glasgow, with chemotherapy and radiotherapy over the next months.
Eventually, the large tumor in my right lung began to shrink and I decided to return to work. My wife and I had been with Roy Castle, almost since the start of my treatment, and still are. I am an Advocate and Reader with the organisation. I am also a research assistant with the Cancer Care Research Group at Stirling University, having worked at the Uni for about 14 years. In 2011, I received an Honorary MA degree from Stirling University, mostly for my work in helping to promote cancer care research.
I was also involved recently in promoting the Detect Cancer Early Campaign, which Sir Alex Ferguson fronted.