US trip to share insights
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.