Joshua’s positive in face of hardship
With a smile on his face and a positive attitude, Cobram’s Joshua Goldsworthy recounts his latest battle.
Mr Goldsworthy, 26, is receiving chemotherapy treatment for cancer, something he never imagined doing at his age.
With Daffodil Day celebrated last Friday, Mr Goldsworthy said the day was a fantastic way of raising money for cancer research.
‘‘It’s not all about the people now, it is about the future as well and helping people in years to come,’’ he said.
‘‘I have always supported cancer foundations, but now actually finding out I have cancer, you definitely look into it a lot more and are a lot more aware of it all.’’
Mr Goldsworthy spent the day at the oncology unit at Goulburn Valley Health in Shepparton receiving chemotherapy, wearing daffodil earrings and bright yellow beanie.
While the day was bittersweet for Mr Goldsworthy, he and his family are striving to remain positive in the face of hardship.
‘‘My mum had breast cancer five years ago and my grandmother had bowel cancer, so we have been a little bit touched by it, I suppose,’’ Mr Goldsworthy’s mum Nicky said.
‘‘It is more about awareness. Josh is so fit and healthy, you just don’t expect it from a gym junkie. It could happen to anyone . . . do what you can and get the word out there.’’
Mr Goldsworthy was diagnosed with testicular cancer in June.
After having trouble with his groin in the gym, the fitness enthusiast thought he would do the right thing and visit a doctor.
‘‘I went and had an ultrasound and got checked out and it turned out I had a few tumours,’’ he said. a
‘‘It was a lot to take in, considering I just thought I had a sore groin from a gym injury, and then to be booked in for surgery a few days later.’’
After surgery, Mr Goldsworthy was told doctors had found another mass in his abdomen, meaning he would have to go through a round of chemotherapy.
Despite his diagnosis he has remained positive, holding on to the news there is a high success rate for his particular cancer.
With only three weeks left of chemotherapy, Mr Goldsworthy said he was looking forward to putting this stage of his life in the past and preparing to welcome a baby into the world in November.
‘‘I can not wait, it will be good — I just want to get back into normal life and go back to work and the gym,’’ he said.
‘‘Given the circumstances, it is as good as it can be . . . not that having cancer is a good experience, but everyone around me and the support from people in here and family and friends has been amazing.’’
With his family and friends rallying behind him, the Cobram community is planning a fundraising event to raise awareness for testicular cancer.
Mrs Goldsworthy said the family had been inundated with support, and was hoping to use Joshua’s experience to help others in the future.
‘‘There’s got to be something good that comes out of this somewhere. We just keep saying let’s get awareness for young people and guys in general,’’ she said.
‘‘If anything good comes out of it, it does bring you closer as a family, which is good.’’
Staying positive: Joshua Goldsworthy with his parents Nicky and Brian.