it’s not surprising that John Lumb treasures every moment of life – after surviving a heart attack, cancer and a brain tumour.
The 58-year-old retired early from his job after his health problems and now volunteers at Wakefield Hospice.
He said: “After having a heart attack, followed by bowel cancer, then a brain tumour, I realised that life’s too short, so you have to treasure every moment.”
Ten years ago John, from Notton, Wakefield, had chest pains while out jogging.
“It turned out to be a mild heart attack,” he said.
“Luckily, I didn’t suffer any long-term issues, but I did need to take several weeks off work to recover.”
Then a few years later, a regular health check led to a bowel cancer diagnosis.
As the cancer was caught early, only surgery was needed.
However, three years later he was referred to a specialist at BMI Thornbury Hospital in Sheffield after suffering pins and needles.
A scan revealed a life-threatening brain tumour which traditionally would need surgery, but instead John underwent Gamma knife treatment using radiation beams to target areas of the brain.
He said: “Having survived a heart attack and bowel cancer – both of which I was fortunate to come through successfully, due to excellent medical care – I didn’t want the tumour to defeat me. The Gamma Knife treatment precisely attacked the tumour, without affecting the surrounding brain tissue, so it was the best and least risky option for me. I could get back to normality straight after treatment.
“I now spend my time fishing, walking the dog and volunteering at the hospice. It’s a great feeling to help others.”