Afs next challenge – Cancer!

Yep, you read that correctly.
I found out Monday that I have Cancer and I start treatment tomorrow.

“Fuck!” Yeah, That’s what I said too.
“Shit” yeah I said that too.

After thinking I had an infection on Thursday I went to a Hospital in Rio de Janeiro to ask for some antibiotics as was flying to Argentina the next day to start my travelling adventure of South America.

After some tests and scans I was told that I had a tumour and I flew back to England the next day and landed at Heathrow Saturday afternoon.
Monday I saw a consultant and then had an ultrasound and a CT scan which confirmed it.
Unfortunately, the primary Cancer had spread to a secondary place in my body.

Tomorrow morning, I have surgery in Dorset County Hospital to cut out the first bit of the big C. and then I am hoping to start Chemotherapy next week to zap the rest.

I know this is a bit of a shock and is making people sad but team, we got this. My Family and friends have been brilliant and I know they will continue to support me and make me laugh along the way.
Last week I was climbing mountains in Brazil and now I am about to start climbing my next mountain just of a different kind.

Tomorrow I will be In surgery and I’m hoping I wake up in time to watch Southampton play Sparta Prague in the Europa League. If I am not, then I’ll watch the highlights so please don’t anyone tell me the scores.
Always a firm believer that everything happens for a reason and this is just another one of those life challenges that we will complete together.

So far, I have been positive most of the time and I intend to keep it that way. I’m sure I’ll have down days.
Someone asked me after the Olympics what was your summer experience like on a scale of 1-10.
I said instantly “A 10 of course. But I said, every day is a 10 no matter what I’m doing, we’re living aren’t we, what a time to be alive?”
Ok maybe being told you have cancer was about a 7 out of 10 that day but still.
So…………………. We’re going on an adventure and you’re all invited to come on this one with me. If you don’t think you can do anything to help then you’ll be surprised of the power a simple text will do.

You never know what’s around the corner and life is the most precious and glorious thing. So if there’s anything to come out of this post and my experience, go make sure you tell someone that you love them tonight!

Lots of Love. Afsheen
What a time to be alive !!!!!!!!!


  1. Oh Af. I only remember you as a little fella when i had my horse at your Mums. Even then you were funny, kind and generous. Hearing about the Cancer made me Gulp out loud. I immediately offered my love and support to your family having ‘known’ you for years. It is a horrible disease and you’ve conquered so much already in your life. With the love of your amazing family you will conquer this too. Lots of love xx

  2. Gina Boorman (Sam Kray's mum)

    Seriously wishing you all the very best Af, Sam is keeping us informed xxx

  3. Wow! Just Wow!
    Somehow I know that you will be fine, riding high on a wave of a million prayers x

  4. You are a lovely articulate chap and I look forward to reading your blogs .. Making good out of bad x. (Got this – got the band😀)

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