Joshua’s pos­i­tive in face of hard­ship

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Liz Mellino

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.

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