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Alan Knight, 38

Updated: Nov 15, 2022

Where are you from?

Bristol, United Kingdom

Tell me about yourself:

I am married and a father to 3 sons and a stepdaughter. I own a gym. I am always up for a laugh on a day-to-day basis and willing to help people out. Generally in a nutshell I LOVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST.

Alan after eye surgery. Older Male, tattoos on his fingers. Giving a thumbs up

What's your EYE story?

I went to the opticians to have a regular eye test and on testing they had found a tumour. They referred me to a specialist hospital in London for further examination, on doing so they had confirmed that I indeed had a tumour on the back of my eye. If it didn't get treated soon it could end my life..

The most efficient way to attack cancer and have a chance of survival was to lose my right eye, this was something I was more than happy to lose if it resulted in me surviving and living a good life with my family.

So from the first date to my eye removal was only 6 weeks, very sudden and quick to get my head around...

What has been the hardest thing mentally?

If I’m being really honest, nothing hit me mentally. I have a very crazy outlook on life in which I always push my mindset for it to be stronger and stronger every day. When this came along I guess I felt I had the mindset to attack the situation head-on.

Alan after his eye removal. Eye patch on giving a thumbs up and a smile at the hospital. Tattoos on his chest and arms.
Alan after his eye removal

What has been the hardest thing physically?

Physically I didn't have any issues. To be fair just learning how to adjust quickly with depth perception which didn't take too long to grasp.

Where are you now in your recovery?

18 months down the line I now have a new and amazing prosthetic eye which is the best thing ever. Also, I managed to make a T.V program and be the first person with one eye to make the show which aired in the U.K which was SAS WHO DARES WINS run by ex-special forces. Medically I have to have a liver test every 6 months for 10 years and then 1 yearly for life after. My cancer was 6 in every 1 million that get it and even more rare because of my age. The overview is that I lead a great and happy life, run a very successful gym business, and just enjoy every part of my life to the best I can make it.

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