Ric sadly passed away in December 2015. His profile will remain on the Trekstock website and Ric's story will continue to inspire other young adults thrive through and beyond cancer.
What cancer were you diagnosed with? Stomach cancer
At what age were you diagnosed? 33
What has helped you to thrive? Once I was sure I was able to keep fit again I started going to the gym and began back with training. In January 2015, my treatment finished and I went into remission – giving me the go ahead to step up my training. Now I plan on running across the UK in September 2015 to raise money for my local cancer charity.
I was diagnosed with Stomach Cancer in January 2014 aged 33. I was told that I had stage 4 cancer and that I would start treatment with chemotherapy and surgery immediately. It came as quite a shock as I consider myself to be fit and healthy - I often took part in long distance running, cycling and other sports. Sport was my main hobby and I loved it.
I am married and have two little boys – on hearing the diagnosis my world fell apart. I started treatment and had heard the horror stories of chemo being draining and difficult to cope with. However, during my chemo, I managed to keep working full time and continue running and maintained a good level of fitness. In June I had surgery to remove my whole stomach, the next couple of weeks were hard to deal with personally as I had to take it easy (quite difficult for an energetic and fidgety person). Following surgery I continued with my chemo, again whilst working full time. Once I was sure I was able to keep fit again I started going to the gym and began back with training. In January 2015, my treatment finished and I went into remission – giving me the go ahead to step up my training. Now I plan on running across the UK in September 2015 to raise money for my local cancer charity. However, following this, I would love to raise funds for Trekstock. Post cancer, I feel stronger, fitter, healthier and more active.
I have only just been introduced to Trekstock and THRIVE, and I would love to be involved and learn more and help others where I can. Trekstock is modern and aimed at my age group – local groups tend to be focused to the “older” age groups and often have coffee mornings and craft sessions (which don’t really interest me). THRIVE is more relevant and displays a much more positive energy.