A sailor who hiked and kayaked by means of his most cancers remedy celebrated getting the all-clear by taking his ultimate chemo pill on prime of Ben Nevis.
Ciaran Daniel, 23, from Hull, was simply 19 when he was informed he had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, an aggressive type of most cancers that impacts white blood cells.
Working for the Royal Navy within the Persian Gulf, Ciaran was flown by personal jet again to the UK the place he underwent three years of remedy.
And since receiving the all-clear in Could this yr, Ciaran celebrated by taking his final chemo pill on prime of Ben Nevis.
He mentioned: “Even whereas I used to be having intravenous chemo, I used to be nonetheless out and doing lively issues that you just in all probability shouldn’t do on that type of remedy, however I couldn’t keep nonetheless.
“I used to be climbing, kayaking, browsing and climbing. It stored me occupied and upbeat throughout the robust time.”
He added: “Once I reached the highest of Ben Nevis in Could, I received a reminder on my cellphone to take my remedy, which is after I realised I had only one chemo pill left.
“It was the proper place to finish my remedy.”
At 19 Ciaran initially dismissed the signs he was experiencing.
He mentioned: “I used to be working for the Royal Navy within the Persian Gulf, endeavor anti-piracy and anti-drug operations.
“It was a bodily demanding job so after I observed that I used to be bruising so much, I simply assumed it was because of the nature of my function.
“I used to be experiencing loads of tiredness too however that was simply defined by how demanding my job was.”
It was not till Ciaran observed blood in his urine that he sought medical recommendation.
He mentioned: “I used to be despatched to a personal hospital in Dubai the place they did blood assessments.
“When the outcomes got here again, they didn’t understand how I’d even managed to stroll into the constructing, my blood ranges have been so low.
“In hindsight, I feel it was the truth that I used to be very wholesome and bodily match that had stored me going.”
Ciaran had a bone marrow biopsy which revealed his devastating prognosis.
He mentioned: “They broke the information to me on New Years Eve 2018, that I had acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
“Due to the medicine I had for the biopsy, I used to be fairly out of it after I rang my household and I informed them I had leprosy. My physician took the cellphone off me and needed to break the information to them.”
He added: “I keep in mind seeing the Burj Khalifa from my hospital room lit up for the New Yr and excited about the way it hadn’t turned out to be the day I’d deliberate.
“At 19 you suppose you’re invincible so to search out out I had most cancers was utterly surprising.”
On January 4, 2019, Ciaran was flown by personal jet from Dubai to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham the place he was met by his household.
He then spent seven weeks on the hospital present process intensive chemotherapy.
Ciaran mentioned: “My dad and mom have been staying in Fisher Home lodging on hospital grounds so I might see them day by day.
“I used to be having chemo intravenously, by means of tablets and spinal injections. It was intense and, at first, it wiped me out. I simply slept always.”
After seven weeks, Ciaran moved into the Fisher Home lodging, visiting the hospital day by day for remedy.
He mentioned: “I stayed there till October 2019, after I was lastly ready to return to Hull, returning for month-to-month appointments whereas persevering with the chemo by means of tablets at residence.”
Ciaran’s chemotherapy remedy got here to an finish in Could this yr, after he received the all-clear from most cancers.
He mentioned: “A good friend and I had deliberate to go to Scotland for the weekend to do some strolling. We introduced all our climbing gear with us, although we weren’t planning on doing something strenuous.
“However we reached the foot of Ben Nevis, checked out one another and mentioned, ‘why not?’”
Ciaran and his good friend hiked up the 1,345m-high mountain within the Scottish Highlands and, reaching the highest, Ciaran heard his cellphone ping.
He mentioned: “It was a reminder to take my remedy. I had only one chemo pill left and figured the highest of Ben Nevis was simply pretty much as good of a spot to complete my remedy as any.
“My good friend filmed me taking my final pill, which marked the top of my three-year journey with most cancers.”
Since then, Ciaran’s scans have come again clear and now he’s elevating consciousness for Teenage Most cancers Belief.
He mentioned: “The Teenage Most cancers Belief unit was spot on, and the employees helped save my life.
“They’ve additionally been an excellent assist for me, serving to me by means of issues that I didn’t need to trouble my household with.
“Teenage Most cancers Belief is an incredible charity that has helped me a lot, and I need to increase consciousness of what they do.”
For extra info, go to: www.teenagecancertrust.org/donate