Sadly he passed away in May 2007 after fighting the disease for ten years. Bev has written this summary of his story. As you will see, you can read his diary on the website that he set up:
When Alan went to donate blood in March 1997 it was found that his red cell count was low and was advised to have a check up. This he did and at the same time the doctor asked if he wanted a PSA test. We had never heard of it but said yes, he may as well.
Twenty four hours later the doctor called and asked Alan to go back up as the PSA had come back at 11.7 ng/ml. She arranged for us to see specialist who did a biopsy. This confirmed that Alan had Prostate Cancer which at only 42 was a huge shock.
Alan had a Radical Prostatomy done in September 1997. We were hopeful this would get all the cancer but to be on the safe side it was advised that Alan have Radiation Treatment to kill off stray cancer cells. Alan coped pretty well with this.
Over the next few years Alan had his up's and down's but he kept on fighting, with the help of hormone injections and tablets.
In July 2005 Alan was well enough for us to go on an around the world trip for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. It was an amazing holiday and came just at the right time as by early 2006 the cancer was starting to spread into Alan's bones.
He had his first round of Chemotherapy in May 2006 and picked up again until December 2006 when his pains were so bad that he had an Intrathecal Catheter fitted. This kept the pains at bay for a few months, but between Christmas and May 2007 he was in hospital more than at home.
He had just started another round of chemo in May 2007 when he contracted Bacterial Meningitis, we were told this on the 24th May and Alan passed away on the 27th May 2007.
If you would like to read the full story, go to Alan's Diary