Woolpit’s Harry shares cancer story to help others
A university student from Woolpit has shared his experience of cancer online to help raise awareness of the disease.
Twenty-year-old Harry O’Sullivan was diagnosed with testicular cancer in July.
He underwent surgery and endured a course of chemotherapy, which he completed on Tuesday.
In an inspirational and brave move, he decided to document his story to share with the world online.
So far, around 7,000 people have read his blog in which he details his thoughts, feelings and fears at each stage of treatment.
His first entry, entitled Me and Testicular Cancer: My Story So Far, contains frank accounts of such things as his visit to a sperm bank, which is recommended for young men starting chemotherapy, and his decision to take control of his own hair loss.
He said: “When I got diagnosed my heart sank but I thought to myself there’s two choices, I can mope about at home and get sad and upset or I can write a blog and look at ways to raise awareness for other young lads.”
After recovering from his treatment, Harry, a final year undergraduate, is looking forward to completing his degree in human geography and international development and graduating with his friends and peers at Northampton University.
He also hopes to be able to give talks on testicular cancer at the university and at schools and sixth forms in the local area.
“If I can raise awareness and help one person discover they have it earlier, that would make me very happy,” he said.
Testicular cancer usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 49.
Harry’s advice to others is: “If you get a lump get it checked out and, if it grows at all, get it checked out again. If you’re worried about it, it’s better to be sure.”
To read Harry’s blog, The Story Of One Man And His Fake Ball, go to mytesticular cancerstory.blogspot.co.uk