Cancer Survivor George Alagiah: How is His Health Now? Is the Illness Coming Back?
Illness is something that teaches a person the real value of life. We have been hearing that heath is wealth. A good health is essential to enjoy your life fullest. A bad health will either bother you to live the life the way you want or it will encourage you to live it fullest.
Today we are going to talk about Cancer Survivor George Alagiah, his health and his battle with Cancer. Alagiah is one of the popular BBC news presenters.
Diagnosed with Cancer Classed as ‘Stage Four’:
In April 2014, BBC World News presenter George Alagiah was first diagnosed with cancer. He first noticed some blood in his stools and then went for a colonoscopy. He was diagnosed with stage four bowel cancer which is the most advanced stage. The cancer was also seen in his lymph nodes and there were eight tumours on his liver. In an interview with Dailymail, George recalled the moment when he was diagnosed with cancer.
‘When the oncologist was looking at my scan, he kept gently shaking his head, and every time he did it was like a hammer blow.
‘They described my condition as “serious”, and I knew it was as bad as it gets. No one uses the d-word. You have to work that out for yourself.’
His Health Now: “I'm clear of cancer...but I'll never be the same again”- George Alagiah
Battling for around 18 months with around 17 rounds of chemotherapies, Alagiah is now finally cancer free. By November 2015, he was already cancer free. After battling with cancer, in an interview with Dailymail in Nov 2015, Alagiah said-
‘I’m feeling really good, I have more energy every day, and feel stronger.’
He added- ‘All I can say is right now I don’t have cancer, but my life from now on will be punctuated by scans every three months. And if somebody tells me I’m finally cured, it’s likely to be years away.’
‘Even with all the support I’ve had from friends, my family and the public, cancer can be a lonely business, especially when you’re lying in a hospital bed at three in the morning, in pain and waiting for the morning to come. So getting back to my team at work is wonderful. I also want to get back on air for my audience. I received hundreds of letters from viewers while I was ill, in which they talked as if we knew each other. That support was incredible.’
George Alagiah's Short Bio:
Born on 22 November 1955, in Colombo, Ceylon, George Alagiah is a British Journalist. He attended an independent Roman Catholic school called St John's College. He then attended Van Mildert College, Durham University where he read politics. In the year 1989, he joined BBC. He has been an only presenter of the BBC News at Six since 3 December 2007.
Likewise, since 1 February 2010, he has been the main presenter of GMT on BBC World News. He also presented the BBC Ten O'Clock News. Finally, he announced that the treatment was officially over on 28 October 2015 and subsequently returned to the BBC on 10 November.