A former Metropolitan Police Crime Scene Examiner has been living the dream, after beating cancer not once, but twice.
Grieg Trout, 34, set up a website called 101 Things to Do When You Survive as one the survivors behind Cancer Research UK’s Every Moment Counts campaign.
The campaign highlights the special moments of those who have encountered the disease.
Grieg's first encounter with cancer was aged seven when he was treated for a stage 4 Wilms tumour. He underwent chemotherapy, radiotherapy and a nephrectomy – his right kidney was removed.
After lengthy treatment he thought he had beaten the disease. But 23 years later, it came back to haunt him. He was diagnosed with Dukes B bowel cancer and in 2010 and underwent a colonectomy and further chemotherapy. He said:
After my bowel operation and with chemo looming, the worst-case scenario was death. At that point, my thoughts were not of all I had achieved at work as a crime scene examiner or the nice apartment I lived in, they were of the places I had visited and of the experiences I had had. I also thought of the places I hadn't seen yet and may never get a chance to.
When I got my two-year ‘all clear’, I decided the time was right to follow my dreams and travel the world with the aim of inspiring others affected by cancer.
Grieg spent three months working with a remote community in Nicaragua, climbed a volcano in Costa Rica and gone nature-watching on the Galapagos Islands.
Among the other adventures on his list are:
- Learning to tango in Argentina.
- Standing at the foot of Angel Falls in Venezuela
- Kayaking on the Amazon
- Singing Flower of Scotland on stage at the Sydney Opera House
- Having an entire 24 hours when he doesn't think about cancer.
Greig talks about his scars from years of medical treatment:
Adventurer Bear Grylls has himself been inspired by Greig’s mission. He said:
Greig is truly one brave man and is determined to shine a light and help and inspire those who have faced real battles. I admire his courage and resolve so much.
Lynn Daly, spokeswoman for Cancer Research UK, said:
Greig is great advert for life after cancer, an inspiration for anyone going through treatment now and a wonderful figurehead for our Every Moment Counts campaign.
To follow Greig’s adventure and be inspired by it, visit: When You Survive