The moment she said you have a tumour on your lung that didn’t feel real. It feels like someone has given you a death sentence.
As a young, fit, non-smoker, lung cancer was the furthest thing from Iain's mind. So when he was diagnosed in May 2017, he simply couldn't believe it. He's now encouraging others with symptoms to go to their doctor and insist they explore it thoroughly - regardless of if they are high risk or low risk.
It sounds terrible but it was always in my mind perceived as something that people who have smoked and who are older get it. I never ever thought it could happen to me. It just wasn't on the radar.
When I was diagnosed, I had this period of absolute total despair. You almost get to the point where you are planning your own funeral, picking what song it's going to be.
But my understanding of lung cancer now is very different. You can survive it. The treatment is improving considerably and that’s reflected in the results. For me, it’s a condition that I’m living with and you can live with it. It’s definitely not a death sentence.