US trip to share in­sights

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

Self-de­scribed can­cer war­rior Alis­tair Smith will travel to the US next month to share his the­o­ries about liv­ing with the dis­ease at a con­fer­ence in Los An­ge­les.

The Shoal­wa­ter for­mer civil engi­neer, who was di­ag­nosed with stage four colon can­cer in Jan­uary 2013, said he was con­tacted by en­tre­pre­neur and au­thor Viki Win­ter­ton, who asked him to con­trib­ute to her book, Can­cer: From Tears to Tri­umph.

He said he spent an hour chat­ting with Ms Win­ter­ton last month and was sur­prised to find she had ded­i­cated seven pages to his own can­cer jour­ney.

“The book achieved best­seller sta­tus in the US,” Mr Smith said.

“I just hope to help oth­ers to re­main pos­i­tive — can­cer is not a dis­ease, it’s an in­for­ma­tion field.”

Mr Smith said he had come to be­lieve can­cer had served a pur­pose by help­ing him to­wards a deeper un­der­stand­ing of life and death.

He said fac­ing death had forced him to eval­u­ate his life and re­new his en­thu­si­asm for it.

“I could die, but I don’t be­lieve I’m go­ing to,” Mr Smith said.

“I love life so much and while I’m not afraid of dy­ing, I don’t want to leave this place.”

Mr Smith, who un­der­went surgery to re­move part of his liver and gall blad­der in April this year, said he had re­ceived 68 weeks of chemo­ther­apy treat­ment in the past 18 months.

Ms Win­ter­ton de­scribed Mr Smith as an “amaz­ing global per­son­al­ity.”

With the per­mis­sion of his on­col­o­gist, Mr Smith will travel to Los An­ge­les for the Ex­pert In­sights event next month.

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