In 2017, Barry Du Bois sat alongside his Living Room co-hosts and, his voice shaking, the father of two addressed his beloved viewers: “I got some bad news. It seems my cancer has come back, reasonably aggressively. Now, I have what’s regarded as multiple myloma…”
In this extract from his new book Life Force, co-written with Miguel Maestre, he reflects on why he chose to open up to the world.
Believe it or not, telling someone you’ve got cancer is draining. I summed it up like this: when someone asks ‘How are you going? I hear you’ve got cancer’, you can tell whether they think you’ll make it or not. Some people hug you and say you’re the strongest man they know; others are more, like, ‘Ah well, sorry …’ It’s like they’ve given up on you.
The power of the mind is incredible. If you come across three people in a row that give you the look that you’re not going to make it’ll, you start to lose faith.
So we decided that we’d share my diagnoses with the people who watched the show. We thought if we could take them with us on my journey, it might give others inspiration.