Mon. Dec 6th, 2021

A British cancer survivor says he almost took his own life after learning that his partner had been unfaithful to him while battling the disease.

Talking to With London, Tom Garrod, 44, said the discovery of his partner’s infidelity “felt worse” than getting his diagnosis of stage four testicular cancer in 2004.

Garrod was initially told by doctors that he had three days left when he was diagnosed, but eager to overcome the disease, he pushed through.

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Garrod underwent an exhaustive process of treatment with chemotherapy and steroids to recover, and when he finally reached the point where he became cancer-free, life threw a new obstacle at him.

When he returned home one day early from the hospital, Garrod opened the door to see that his partner was unfaithful to him with another man.

“I just felt so shocked. I honestly felt worse about being cheated than I did when I got my cancer diagnosis,” he said. “I found out it had happened all along.”

The survivor said that even though cancer had been such a challenge, it was heartache that really prevailed.

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“The cancer was out of my control, but with this I kept thinking, ‘Was it me? Did I do something wrong?'”

Garrod tells With London the shock caused him a deep depression and he started smoking and drinking. During this period, he felt that there was no way out – until something “clicked”.

When he realized “enough was enough”, he began to invest his time, anger and energy in exercising and living a healthy lifestyle.

Garrod even ran from one side of Wales to the other – the equivalent of 814km to raise money for Kings College Hospital, London.

In a Instagram storageGarrod said the challenge was “the hardest I’ve ever done”.

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“I’ve been raising awareness about [testicular cancer] and its early discovery … by running ultramarathons and reaching distances of up to 506 miles (814 km), ā€¯Garrod explains in a post.

“If you’re going through cancer or have recently been diagnosed, just remember this: NEVER GIVE UP YOUR LIFE, IT’S WORTH FIGHTING.”

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