Sheffield personal trainer thought rash was allergic reaction – but it was rare cancer – YorkshireLive

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An “inpirational” personal trainer has told how he thought skin rashes were an allergy when they were actually a sign of rare blood cancer.

Jak Thompson, 24, from Broomhill, Sheffield, first spotted different types of rashes on his body in September 2019 but dismissed them as an allergic reaction or skin infection.

However, the rash did not disappear after treatment and his health gradually became worse, feeling constantly tired and suffering a bad cough.

Now, in his personal blog he has written about his ordeal to raise awareness of the condition.

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Jak said: “You hear the horrible stories of people getting diagnosed with a life-changing illness but you never expect it to happen to you.

“I thought it must just be an infection, I can’t have cancer. But the paranoia started to settle in so I left the gym and walked to the NHS walk in clinic.”

It was in March, just as the coronavirus pandemic just began, when he had to attend to an urgent scan.

There, doctors found some inflammatory markers in his blood.

The biopsy confirmed he had Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma – the most advanced form of the rare, fast-growing blood cancer.

He said: “It’s the only moment in my life when my mind went blank. I couldn’t think of anything but it was the most memorable thing just because of how grave the news was.

“My head literally went to the floor.”

However, after 12 sessions of chemotherapy, and months of hard work, on November 24, 2020, he was told he was cancer free.

Jak said: “It was just the best moment of my life. Knowing it had gone, that I didn’t have to worry, that I could tell my partner, family and friends that they needn’t be fearful for my life; it was just so invigorating.

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“I could have died but going through what I have has given me a new perspective on life. The doctors and nurses at Hallamshire who treated me were amazing. I couldn’t have been in better hands.”

Emma Clarke, director of services and grant giving at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “A cancer diagnosis at any time is extremely tough but Covid has made it especially hard for young people like Jak.

“His positive attitude to his treatment has been truly inspirational and as a specialist cancer charity, we were delighted to support him in continuing to maintain his fitness during his treatment by providing him with a small grant which he could put towards buying some weights.

“This is just one example of how we’ve adapted our services and grant-giving during the pandemic so that we can continue to be there, at every step, for patients and families facing cancer.”

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