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Steve Prescott: 'Hospital stay is the reality of living with cancer'
4:17pm Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
STEVE Prescott’s stint in hospital after completing his latest tough challenge is part of the “reality of living with cancer,” he explained.
The St Helens hero spent several nights in hospital recovering after a 48 hour endurance mission, which saw Steve and his intrepid team, swim, cycle, run and paddle from Hull to Old Trafford for the Grand Final.
The physical demands of such a challenge left the 38-year-old cancer fighter drained and lacking in natural fuels and fluids, causing his bowel to stop functioning properly.
Steve, who is an iconic figure in St Helens, responded well to treatment and is recovering at home.
He said: “I would like to thank everyone for their support and messages over the past few days, it really does mean a lot and I am very grateful.”
Steve is already planning his next challenge to raise money for his charitable foundation and despite medical advice he has no plans to make the next one easier, stating: “These events give me focus and the fitness helps with my condition.
"I am looking forward to getting back in the gym, but I will have a couple of days’ rest. What I have been through this week is not a first for me.
"It is something which happens and I have learnt to deal with over the past few years as part of my illness.
“Most people only see me when I am doing well, but unfortunately, I still have remaining disease which presents hurdles which I have to overcome.
"This was just one of them. It is unfortunate that it has happened so soon after the event, causing it to be highlighted, but I suppose this is the reality of living with cancer. I will stay positive and I'm sure I will come back stronger."
Steve, who was diagnosed with a rare form of abdominal cancer in 2006, will meet with his specialist at The Christie, Mark Saunders, in a few weeks and may undertake a course of proactive chemotherapy.
If you would like to donate to Steve’s effort please go to justgiving.com/StevePrescott1