A dad-of-two was told he had cancer on Christmas Eve after years of trying to find out what was wrong with him.
Michael Moriarty first went to the doctor about eight years ago after noticing blood when emptying his bowels.
The 36-year-old, who lives with his partner Lyndsey and their two daughters, seven-year-old Libby and five-year-old Phoebe, said the GP told him it was nothing more than haemorrhoids.
But Michael said the bleeding continued for years and while working night shifts as a cleaner, the pain became worse.
Michael, of Walton, told the Liverpool Echo : "It was hard, I was getting in pain a lot. I didn't have a doctor at the time so I went the A&E and they gave me a scan and said I was just very constipated.
"I was coming home and doing yoga and gave myself colonic irrigation off a kit bought from Amazon. I was trying everything but I was still in a lot of pain."
Weeks went by and Michael went back to the doctor and was told it was likely he was suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).
Still in pain months later and dissatisfied with the diagnosis, Michael took himself again to A&E and was given a CT scan.
A lump was found in his in bowel and further scans and tests were booked.
Michael was asked to come into the hospital on Christmas Eve and together with Lyndsey, he received the devastating news he was dreading.
Michael was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his bowel as well as in his liver and lung.
He said: "When she told me I broke down. I mean, I've got two young kids. It was a lot to take in."
In January this year, he underwent an intensive course of chemotherapy. Unfortunately, although it had slightly shrunk the tumours in his liver and lung, the bowel tumour was the same.
Michael underwent a gruelling bout of radiotherapy to try and reduce the size of the bowel tumour.
Despite feeling positive that the treatment was working and that surgery could now be an option, he was dealt another devastating blow.
Michael said: "There was a slight reduction in the main tumour but the tumour in my liver and lung have gone bigger now."
Next week, he is due to start another course of chemotherapy which doctors have said has a 30% chance of working.
Michael is also fundraising to try and raise enough money for a tailored treatment only available in Germany.
If you would like to donate towards the fundraiser to help Michael pay for treatment, visit gofundme.com
During his terrible ordeal, Michael said the support he has had off his family has been incredible.
He said: "Lyndsey has been amazing. We've got two young kids together and she's been picking up a lot of the slack because I can't do anything really.
"I don't let the kids see how ill I am. My daughter even said, 'Dad it's weird, you don't even act sick'."
He added: "Hopefully, please god, this chemotherapy can work.
"Once I got the diagnosis everything has been quick but until you get to that point it's hard.
"They said because I was young it was IBS and nothing to worry about.
"And when I was told I had piles as a young man – I was only about 28 – it was just embarrassing really."
He added: "I'd say just go and get checked. If you feel as if something's wrong just go.
"You know your own body better than anyone and if you feel as if something's wrong just keep going."
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