“I sur­vived can­cer three times dur­ing my 20s”

Andy Zagami, 29, has en­dured seven surg­eries and eight rounds of chemo­ther­apy fol­low­ing three can­cer di­ag­noses. He talks to Libby Hakim about how he coped and found health and hap­pi­ness

Sunday Mail - Body and Soul - - FRONT PAGE -

“In 2007, I cel­e­brated my 21st birth­day, started my per­sonal train­ing busi­ness and was di­ag­nosed with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer, all in three months. I had no in­di­ca­tion un­til I woke up af­ter a party with what I thought was a hang­over.

The next day I still felt sick and by lunchtime I was in agony. Sus­pect­ing ap­pen­dici­tis, my GP im­me­di­ately sent me to a sur­geon, who found a lump in the cen­tre of my chest. They guessed it had been there from birth, but there were also lumps on one of my tes­ti­cles, and I was told I’d need to go into surgery the next morn­ing.

Af­ter the surgery, I woke up and saw Mum cry­ing. I asked her what was wrong and she said, “You’ve got can­cer.” I re­mem­ber giv­ing two thumbs up, say­ing “cool” and go­ing back to sleep. In the fol­low­ing months I had three rounds of chemo­ther­apy and surgery to re­move lymph nodes in my stom­ach and a tu­mour wrapped around my aorta.

My doc­tors were sur­prised

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