The man who inspires me and many others is poorly.¬† Not that you would know it, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this amazing man is entering the final phase of his journey.
Back in August I wrote about Steve Evans, how I first came across this inspiring guy, who has been fighting the fight against the Big C, and, despite a few setbacks, winning each round on points!¬† A seemingly ordinary kind of bloke, now retired from the Council, loves fishing, part time entertainer and magician.¬† I followed him on Twitter, got chatting with him about our common chemotherapy experiences (those chemo pins and needles reach the places they shouldn’t normally reach!), and I was honoured to be invited to join Steve’s extended Facebook family and friends.
One of Steve’s targets through his recent treatment was to attend the International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) convention in Buxton as compere, early in September.¬† Steve achieved his goal, and went down a storm by all accounts.¬† A couple of days later Steve was honoured with the coveted Associate of the Inner Magic Circle (AIMC) with a Silver Star award.
Shortly after the convention, Steve fell ill and was taken to hospital.¬† Friends waited anxiously for news of his condition.¬† We heard from his daughters, through Twitter and Facebook, that Steve’s condition had deteriorated, to the point where his tumour had grown and was bleeding, and the location of the tumour meant that he couldn’t eat.¬† Steve was very poorly indeed, and he readily admits that he thought his journey was about to reach its final destination.
But within a few days Steve’s condition had improved, the ‘genius of the NHS’, as Steve describes those dedicated people treating him, had managed to stop the bleeding, which in turn had allowed him to start eating again.¬† As he gained some strength, he received a visit from Richard Bacon, with whom Steve has become good friends, and he agreed to give an interview, recorded for Richard’s BBC Radio 5 Live show.¬† The link to that interview is here.¬† It’s a tough listen, but the words and the emotion explain everything; who Steve is, and what he is about.
This weekend, Steve appeared on the BBC Breakfast show, to discuss the story of the¬† extension of the Cancer Drugs Fund to 2016.¬† This is a very important development for cancer sufferers, and Steve explains here what it meant for him, or as he puts it “I simply stayed alive!”¬† He also tells us where he is on his journey at this time.
Knowing that he had been pretty poorly in hospital, and wasn’t able to eat for many days, I was concerned at how he might appear on the TV, but actually he looked amazing and was as chipper as ever!¬† As he says, he is relaxed and at peace with his condition, and will¬† enjoy a “better quality of life for as long as it is.”
His positivity shines through and he looks good on it!
Steve, you are truly an inspiration.¬† And I look forward to seeing you more in your new career as a TV personality!