East Lancs cancer battler responding ‘unbelievably’ well to treatment

Wil Handford with girlfriend Rose Barrowclough

Wil Handford with girlfriend Rose Barrowclough

First published in News Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A CAGE-fighter who decided to video blog his battle with terminal cancer has been told that he is responding ‘unbelievably’ well to his first course of chemotherapy.

Wil Handford, 22, from Colne was told in April that he had stage four bowel cancer and had between three to six months to live.

He uploaded a video to his Facebook page, which was viewed thousands of times, detailing his illness and describing the moment that the doctors told him he had a life expectancy ‘less than his phone contract’.

Since then, the former Fishermore High School student has had chemotherapy treatment every two weeks.

Wil said: “I had a number of tumours but my latest scan showed that they had all shrunk and some of them are now smaller than a grain of salt.

“I have to wait a few more weeks before I know what all this means in terms of life expectancy and the possibility of further treatment but it’s all looking good.

“I feel much better in myself too. I’ve been feeling healthier and getting out and about with friends so it’s been really good to hear some good news.”

In the new video blog, Wil makes jokes and says that he is feeling ‘back to normal’.

It has already been viewed more than 1,000. times.

Wil’s optimistic attitude has touched many people and he gets messages and comments from people that he’s never met offering support or thanking him for his positivity after they have found themselves in a similar situation.

Wil says that he hopes his videos will depict a recovery and will benefit other people who have been given a terminal prognosis.

He said: “I just hope it gives people a bit of hope and lets other people know that you can improve and you can still get good news even when you’ve been told the worst.

“The doctors have said that there is a possibility of surgical treatment now that my tumours are much smaller, which they never said before and they said that I’m doing unbelievably well.”

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4:07pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Colneunitedfc says...

Top lad - inspiring so many...
Top lad - inspiring so many... Colneunitedfc
  • Score: 23

4:19pm Thu 31 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Cannot help but admire your steely spirit but with that l am sure you can beat this thing "have faith"
Cannot help but admire your steely spirit but with that l am sure you can beat this thing "have faith" noddy57
  • Score: 19

5:16pm Thu 31 Jul 14

shabba says...

Brilliant news I hope you continue to fight this terrible disease and keep positive x
Brilliant news I hope you continue to fight this terrible disease and keep positive x shabba
  • Score: 22

8:46pm Thu 31 Jul 14

mastergx says...

Proud to say that he is a friend of mine and a true fighter.
Proud to say that he is a friend of mine and a true fighter. mastergx
  • Score: 15

1:47am Fri 1 Aug 14

katypri says...

So hope the news stays positive for you stay strong and dont lose hope
So hope the news stays positive for you stay strong and dont lose hope katypri
  • Score: 3

11:05am Fri 1 Aug 14

MET1983 says...

Great news!
All the best and keep on fighting!
Great news! All the best and keep on fighting! MET1983
  • Score: 3

3:07pm Fri 1 Aug 14

mitzimoo says...

That's wonderful news keep fighting xx
That's wonderful news keep fighting xx mitzimoo
  • Score: 1

6:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

khakkij says...

Hope he gets the news he so deserves, keep fighting lad.
xx
Hope he gets the news he so deserves, keep fighting lad. xx khakkij
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