Just a year after being diagnosed with cancer, David Hodgkinson from Eastwood, has sent out a message to fellow sufferers to ‘never give up hope’ after being given the all-clear by the doctors who saved his life.
David, 60, of South Street, urged people to make sure they keep positive despite the despair the deadly disease brings families and wants his experience to show others to keep on fighting.
“During my illness there were many dark days and I was terrified to think that I wouldn’t make it and my life was coming to an end,” he said.
Praising the expertise of the surgeons at the Queen’s Medical Centre, David, who has worked for 30 years as paint spray shop manager at Hallam Plastics in Langley Mill, said: “There is no doubt that they held my life in their hands.
“Following a visit to the doctor, having found a lump on my neck, I was told that it was nothing to worry about – but further tests revealed cancerous cells in my throat.
“My situation became serious and I spent a week in intensive care, losing more than four stone in the process.”
But after eight weeks of chemotherapy and eight weeks of radiotherapy, his condition improved and the gruelling treatment started to take effect.
Well known for his expertise as an award-winning gardener, David, a leading light at the Moorgreen Show for many years, said: “My devoted family and a number of close friends played a massive part in my recovery and my love of gardening motivated me too.”
Almost a year after being diagnosed with throat cancer, David has been given the all-clear and, much to his delight, was able to exhibit his vegetables at the 2011 Moorgreen Show.
He was given a further boost when he won the Redfern Perpetual Shield for most points in the show, the Tom Millingon Memorial Trophy and the Thomas Harrison Trophy.
“The past year has been traumatic to say the least.
“When you are given the news that you have cancer, your first thoughts are that ‘it is the end of the world’.
“To fellow sufferers I say take heart from my plight and be strong in the face of adversity – I have been one of the lucky ones.”