Father diagnosed with rare cancer makes bucket list to give his young son lasting memories

2019-05-03 15:58
Rob and his son Caleb. (Photo: MDRUM/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

Rob and his son Caleb. (Photo: MDRUM/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA)

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A British man whose rare cancer was misdiagnosed as a cyst is making a bucket list to give his two-year-old son lasting memories.

Rob Metcalfe, a climbing wall inspector from Lancashire in England, began suffering chest pains and a cough in January 2018 for which his doctor prescribed antibiotics.

But when the symptoms were still present by the end of March last year, Rob went for a chest X-ray, which showed a small lung collapse and an unidentifiable object on his left lung.

Doctors diagnosed the lump as a cyst, which they weren’t too concerned about but by June the unidentifiable object had doubled in size. 

A biopsy was done on the object and the father of one was diagnosed with primary pleuropulmonary synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. 

“In June I was admitted to hospital as my lung kept collapsing so they put a drain into my left lung cavity. I stayed there for five days, waiting to be transferred to Leeds St James hospital,” Rob explained.

“Two weeks later at the end of June I had another lung surgery to fix my lung collapse. After the surgery I was told the object was a cyst and would disappear on its own.

Rob and his son Caleb. (Photo: MDRUM/WWW.MAGAZINEF

“I had a biopsy taken in September and was told it was nothing to worry about, but the sample was being sent to Leeds for the sarcoma specialists to look at. In October I was diagnosed with primary pleuropulmonary synovial sarcoma.”

In March doctors told Rob his cancer was life-threatening and that he could have only a year to live. 

After receiving the devastating news, the 30-year-old began a campaign called #ItsNotACyst to encourage patients to speak up when they’re concerned despite their doctors saying there’s nothing wrong.

Rob has tried to explain to his son, Caleb, that he’ll be going to a “special place” and to ensure the little boy has memories of his father he made a bucket list of things he hopes to do with his family.

Rob and his son Caleb. (Photo: MDRUM/WWW.MAGAZINEF

“The aim is to do lots of holidays around the UK and take lots of photos for Caleb when he’s older. I’d also like to drive to Norway and to Iceland to see the northern lights.

“Caleb is only two, so he doesn’t understand what’s going on. I’ve spoken to him about what’s going to happen. I told him I’ll always love him, and will be by his side always.

“All I want is for Caleb to have pictures and memories of me so he knows how much I love him and that he can achieve anything he sets his mind to.”

Sources: Magazine Features

Pictures: MDRUM/WWW.MAGAZINEFEATURES.CO.ZA

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