A ‘match and wholesome’ Scots physician has shared how he discovered that he had bladder most cancers after taking a spin class.
Johnstone Shaw, aged 64, mentioned he he knew one thing was improper after noticing blood following his common, intense spin class in 2019.
Quickly getting his signs checked, examinations at Western General Hospital confirmed he was affected by bladder most cancers.
The former Edinburgh GP underwent radical surgical procedure, that included a urostomy, the place his urine is delivered right into a stoma bag.
Johnstone managed to beat most cancers and is now urging others to get their signs checked asap, Edinburgh Live experiences.
Johnstone, who now’s retired, mentioned: “Getting used to having a urostomy took some time, however is a small value to pay.
“Living with the concern of the most cancers recurring rears its head when my common CT scans occur however I deal with that extra simply than within the early days.
“Support from cancer nurse specialists and Edinburgh “Maggie’s” has really helped me live life to the full every day now as it’s important to be positive rather than constantly thinking you’re about to die. That was not easy.
“My advice to anyone with symptoms suggestive of bladder cancer. Get sorted asap! And keep Spin-cycling!”
Following support from the Maggie’s Centre and encouragement from staff at the Bannantyne’s Gym at Newcraighall, he has even returned to his beloved spin classes.
This month, Johnstone is doing his bit to bring attention to the disease during Bladder Cancer Awareness Month – which involves him distributing leaflets, which have a QR code for people to be able to donation to the Fight Bladder Cancer charity.
He added: “During my stay at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh I stayed in touch with my friends at Bannatyne’s and the amazing reception staff, who sent back very much appreciated moral support.
“Who knows, my spin cycling coach may have saved my life? As well as, of course, my wonderful bladder cancer surgeon!”
Fiona McNorton, Bannatyne Health Club Newcraighall general manager, said: “We were delighted to welcome Johnstone back to the health club and only too happy to help him raise awareness of bladder cancer and help attract donations to such a worthwhile cause.
“We are proud of the caring community atmosphere that is prevalent throughout the club, and it is good to know that Johnstone appreciated the moral support he received from staff during his recovery.”
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