I went to my GP, I can remember the exact date, it was the 10th August 2009, I woke up with the most excruciating back ache, back pain, and I couldn’t go to work, I went to the doctor and said “I’ve got this terrible pain”, and she said, “Oh, we’ll give you some painkillers and it should sort itself out”, that continued for a while, I went back to my doctor a number of times, during a three month period and saw different doctors, they all said the same, “You’ve just got back problem, it will sort itself out, just take painkillers, take the cheapest you can get”, and they kept on that it was just a muscular skeletal problem, I asked if I could have an x-ray and they said, “No, you don’t need an x-ray”. I was seeing another, hospital doctor, in connection with my cholesterol levels, and on a regular monitoring, I mentioned to him that I had this back pain, he said, “How are you?”, I said, “I’m fine except that I’ve got this back pain”, he said, “Oh, go and have an x-ray, it’s probably nothing but it’s worth having a look”, so he sent me for an x-ray, I had an x-ray, and he said, “Well it’s showing something, so I think you should have an MRI scan”, at this time, the thought of prostate hadn’t entered my head at all, because all I had was this absolutely excruciating back pain.
I had the MRI scan on the Saturday, on the Thursday before, I went to see my GP, and said that I was having the scan, and said, “Would you like to have a copy of it?”, and she said, “No, I don’t want to see it, I’m (going to) send you to the local cottage hospital to have, to go to a physiotherapy class”. On the Sunday I then went off to work in Romania, on the Tuesday, I got a call from the hospital, saying, “Can you please come in straight away, because we think there is something seriously wrong”, so I got a flight back to the UK, and went straight to the hospital, they admitted me immediately, they said, “Don’t go home, don’t go home, come straight from the airport, come straight in, because we’re very worried”, so I went in, and immediately they started tests, and after a few tests they said, “Well, we think you’ve got prostate problems, prostate cancer, we think it’s metastasised into the bones, we need to do biopsies, on your bones, and your prostate just to make sure”, they did that, and then I was diagnosed, that all happened towards the end of November 2009, so, I went to the hospital, as I was saying, I was in hospital, I had, I was diagnosed, and they started my treatment, and so because it’s metastasised into your bones, I’ve lost two vertebrae which have been completely replaced with tumours, it’s in my hips, it’s in my ribs, it’s in little bits of my abdomen. They said, “We think the best treatment for you is hormone therapy”.