Worle cancer survivor walks for Macmillan
PUBLISHED: 09:00 30 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:12 30 July 2015
A Worle man who is recovering from cancer has completed a 10-mile walk for Macmillan Cancer Support – a year to the day after he received his life-changing diagnosis.
Nick Short, aged 45, walked from his home in Thorn Close to a variety of locations in Weston, including the seafront and Weston General Hospital.
Nick underwent intensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy to fight the rectal cancer and also had to have surgery to remove his colon.
His cancer went into remission in March, but Nick is now forced to wear a colostomy bag and suffers from nerve damage, diabetes and memory loss.
Nick said: “I always said if I survived having cancer, I wanted to give something back to Macmillan and show my appreciation.
“Their help and support has been amazing – they provided me with a grant for clothes after I lost so much weight from the treatment.”
Nick credits Macmillan colorectal nurse Annie Muldoon with helping him through the most difficult times of his treatment.
He said: “Annie was absolutely amazing and was there for me 24 hours a day.
“She kept me on an even keel all throughout the process and her words were like gospel.
“I get twinges and pains and think the cancer has returned, but even now she calms me down and reassures me.”
Nick underwent an operation in December to remove his colon and was rushed back to hospital days afterwards with a life-threatening infection.
He said: “It was absolute hell after the operation.
“But I had excellent support. Chrissie Perks from Graham Road Surgery was great, and my old neighbour Pat Morton looked after my dog Junior when I was in hospital.”
To donate to Nick’s fundraising, visit his JustGiving page.