ONE YEAR ON
Michael and his family marked the 12 month anniversary of his surgery for Oesophageal Cancer with a session at the local park.
'When you're sick and your life is threatened, a normal life is all you want. All of a sudden, those everyday things become the most important - playing with Matilda, having dinner with my family, cycling with my friends.
'A bike ride and a session on the swings and the slippery-dip seemed the perfect way to celebrate life,' said Michael with a smile.
He admits he hasn't quite come to terms with his illness.
'There are ongoing challenges with my digestive system but it's the mind game that is hardest to win. After two unrelated battles with cancer, I fear it is a dark cloud that will hang over me forever. Dealing with that fear and paranoia is an ongoing challenge,' explained Michael.