The Great British Bake Off’s Chris Geiger has written an incredibly moving account of his battle with cancer that ‘should have killed within three months’.
In a letter to his tumour, Bake Off’s latest eliminated contestant describes how he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at just 24 years old after doctors dismissed his breathlessness and weight loss as stress for eight months.
After suffering fluid-filled lungs, hair loss, vomiting and endless rounds of radio and chemotherapy, Chris finally defeated his tumour 20 months after his diagnosis.
Rather than be overjoyed, months of suffering took their toll on Chris’ mental and physical health, but has given him a Zest for life as he says he now appreciates every precious moment.
In a final message to his cancer, Chris wrote in the book The Cancer Survivors Club: ‘Dear Tumour, why did you pick on me? If you had one ounce of humanity or intelligence, you’d recognize it’s just a matter of time before you’ll be wiped off this planet and extinct forever. I hope you rot in hell.’