Fringe present is ‘dream come true’ for man identified with most cancers

Having battled melancholy and suicidal emotions since he was 15, Duncan Campbell by no means thought he would obtain his dream of performing on the Edinburgh Fringe or writing a e book however after a terminal most cancers analysis gave him a brand new lease of life, he’ll take to the stage later this month.

The 30-year-old, who lives in Glasgow’s Anniesland, was identified with stage 4 mind most cancers in February 2021.

He has written a e book about his psychological well being battles referred to as The Suicide Notes, which he’ll launch by a one-man present on the Fringe between August 14 and 25 at Gladstone’s Land.

He mentioned: “I am so lucky to have the chance to be able do two things I’ve always dreamed of – performing at the Fringe and publishing a book. I never thought these things would happen to me.

“I was set on suicide. Depression is a really draining way of existing.

“I didn’t have the energy to have a good time. I was isolated because I pushed people away.

“I made myself believe the lie that the best thing I could do was kill myself.

“I thought I would free my family and friends of the burden. Now I realise that couldn’t be further from the truth.”

Mr Campbell says he has a “moral obligation” to inform his story with a purpose to assist others going by the identical battle.

He has had round 20 MRI scans, surgical procedure on his mind in addition to chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Following surgical procedure, he used a wheelchair for greater than two months and realized to stroll once more through the use of the AlterG machine which has additionally been utilized by tennis participant Andy Murray to assist his rehabilitation.

Mr Campbell added: “The book is going to help people understand what their friend might be going through, which could help them save a life.

“For people who care about somebody they think might be struggling, it’s hard to have that conversation. I hope my legacy can be to make it a bit easier for those conversations to start.

“I don’t know what I can do while I’m still alive to prevent people from experiencing terminal cancer, but I do hope the book and my show can help to prevent people from committing suicide.”

Before his analysis, Mr Campbell mentioned he was “constantly criticising” himself and when he tried to plan for the long run, he was “overcome with anxiety”.

It shouldn’t have taken a analysis to free myself from the psychological ache which stopped me from dwelling my life

Duncan Campbell

He added: “Now, I live in the present, as I have no other choice. I’ve got a terminal disease so there’s a rational reason to feel down, but in a strange way it allows me to stop worrying.

“It shouldn’t have taken a diagnosis to free myself from the mental pain which stopped me from living my life.

“My brain was attacking itself. It knew all my weaknesses, shortcomings and fears. It was picking me apart every second of every day.

“Now I’ve found a route to happiness – being able to share my story and help others has given me a purpose which has helped to overcome depression.”

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