A Bentley Heath father who has suffered from bowel cancer is backing a campaign to raise more awareness of the condition.
Bill Lord has thrown his energies behind the Bowel Movement campaign, organised by the charity Beating Bowel Cancer, by helping to boost funds for the organisation as well as offering advice to sufferers and their families.
The 53-year-old, who has a ten-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with the disease in Christmas 2007. He was discharged in 2009 after having part of his bowel removed and now has yearly check ups.
“Cancer did not just affect me, it also affected my family. My wife and my daughter, who was five at the time, had to put their lives on hold to look after me,” said Bill.
“I was 48 when I was diagnosed and I thought that was quite young but there are now sufferers in their twenties.”
Bill’s bowel cancer had reached stage three, which meant it had spread into the lymph nodes.
Part of the Bowel Movement campaign urges people to be diagnosed as soon as possible to increase the chances of survival.
“I thought the cancer would still be in its very early stages to be honest.
“There were signs but being a man, there was an element of burying my head in the sand and taking no notice,” Bill added.
April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month and the Bowel Movement campaign encourages people to take part in tasks including placing a collection box in their community, putting up posters or writing to their local MP asking them to sign a petition to improve patient care for those suffering from the condition.
“I try to do as much as I can to help the charity. I speak to people, give advice to those suffering from bowel cancer and generally help to raise the profile of the charity,” Bill added.
Bill will be organising a charity collection in Solihull town centre on Saturday, April 20.