Mark and his family
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns, and sometimes we find ourselves facing challenges we could never have anticipated. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed and uncertain about what the future holds, but it’s important to remember that we don’t have to go through these difficult times alone.
We often feel that we are ready for whatever life throws at us, but there are some things you just can’t prepare for – like Freemason and taxi driver Mark’s sudden diagnosis of stage three prostate cancer, which impacted his job, his relationships, and very soon afterwards, his financial situation.
When Mark woke up one morning with terrible pain in his abdomen, he booked a doctor’s appointment, only to discover that he had been living with stage-three prostate cancer. For the first few weeks, after his diagnosis, he didn’t feel any different, but then he started to feel tired, experienced extreme pain, and things became increasingly difficult. Alongside the cancer, he suffered a serious gallbladder infection and sepsis, all of which had a huge impact on his mood and behaviour, causing a relationship breakdown between him and his wife and children.