Cancer sufferer recovers from third fight with illness

Paul Nash
Paul Nash

DETERMINED Paul Nash hopes he has finally beaten cancer – after his third battle with the deadly disease in just six years.

Paul was struck down with bowel cancer six years ago, but thought he was on the road to recovery after surgery.

But the cruel disease returned when it spread to his liver twice.

Surgeons removed 60 per cent of Paul’s liver in his last operation in November.

But the 56-year-old dad and granddad has stayed positive throughout his battle thanks to the love and support of his friends and family, and amazingly says he feels “right as rain”.

Paul was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2006 after he had been feeling unwell for some time.

He underwent keyhole surgery at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, to remove a tumour.

Paul, who lives in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool, said: “By going to hospital early it saved my life without a doubt.

“I thought everything had gone OK, but when I had blood tests taken in 2009 they found it had gone to my liver.”

Paul needed further keyhole surgery to remove another tumour at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle and underwent six months of gruelling chemotherapy.

Paul, married to Sharon, 55, got on with his life again.

But last June, doctors delivered the bad news to say the disease had returned again.

He underwent major surgery in November. Doctors believed he had two tumours on his liver, but discovered three which were eventually removed.

Paul, a forklift truck driver, said: “Sixty per cent of my liver was taken away so they must have been pretty big.

“But your liver regenerates. It is the only organ that grows back.”

Despite his lengthy battle, Paul –who has three grown-up children of his own and four stepchildren – has always looked on the bright side.

“The chemotherapy was rough, but I wasn’t really bothered about the surgery. I was in the hands of professionals.

“The time you need to panic is when they say they can’t do anything.

“I was confident I would get over it.

“I’ve had a lot of help from my family and friends. My wife has been a rock.

“I still have to go for check-ups but I hope I have finally beaten it.

“I feel great, right as rain.”

On Friday friends of Paul are holding a fundraising event at the Belle Vue Social Club, in Kendal Road.

Band Dry Ice, whose members include old school friends of Paul, will perform at 7pm.

There will also be bingo and a raffle to help raise as much money as possible.

Paul, a granddad of nine, will give all proceeds to the children’s Butterwick Hospice in Stockton.

He said: “I was strong enough to cope but I can’t imagine what it is like for kids.”

Tickets priced £2.50 are available on the door and everyone is welcome