Someone once said “we read to prove we are alive”. I write to prove I am alive.
My name is Ian Spratley and I am a cancer survivor. I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in December 2005. Since then I have had tumours removed from my bowel, liver and more recently, my left lung. Just to make it interesting, I also lived with an ileostomy bag for the first 18 months.
The lung surgery in Summer 2010 not only took away the tumour, it also took away my voice and messed up my heart. I live in continual hope that I’ll get my heart and voice fixed – and, it has to be said – get my life back. Which, apart from family and friends, revolves around my wife Annie, my bikes and, until last summer, singing.
I try not to think about whether or not the cancer will return. Heart and Voice are enough to be going on with. I don’t want to push my luck.