Nagging wife saved my life: Dad of two credits wife’s nagging for helping him find bowel cancer
A dad-of-two has thanked his wife’s NAGGING for saving his life as it helped find his bowels cancer.
Darren Crossley was “frog-marched” to A&E by his partner Selena after he passed blood in his urine.
The 36-year-old from Dudley, West Midlands, was just going to ignore the worrying signs but his trainee-wife nurse forced him to go to hospital.
Scans showed a tumour in his bowel, and Darren has since undergone invasive surgery and intense chemotherapy.
Darren said: “If it hadn’t been for Selena moaning at me I would have just left it.
“There’s no history of bowel cancer in my family so I just dismissed the blood as a dodgy curry.
“Obviously being a trainee nurse she knows a bit more than me but we still had an argument about it.
“Finally she basically frog-marched me to A&E to get it checked out – I’m glad she did now.”
Darren, a former steel worker, first noticed the symptoms in June 2012 but was going to ignore them before telling his partner, Selena.
Six weeks after undergoing initial tests, the dad of Payton, nine, and Scarlett, six, was told he had bowel cancer.
He was given an ileostomy bag and started an intense six-month course of chemotherapy.
In January 2013, after his treatment had finished a blood clot was found on his left lung and Selena had to give up her nursing degree to care for him.
Despite that being drained, in June 2014 a tumour was found on the same organ and started a new course of treatment.
Darren said: “I have been through a lot, but thanks to research and treatment I have survived.
“Also I have Selena to thank – without her nagging I might not have been diagnosed in time.”
Selena and their daughters Payton and Scarlett are taking part in the first March On Cancer event in Birmingham today (SAT)