UK Prime Minister’s Diwali Reception 2018 & National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
The person in the photo next to me is James Brokenshire MP (Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government) who stepped in for the Prime Minister at her Diwali Reception on 15 November 2018. Just over a year ago he was diagnosed with lung cancer. On the evening of an important Brexit meeting whilst he sat in a parliamentary room, he found himself coughing up blood.
He went to see his doctor who carried out a CT scan and the results suggested he was clear. To be on the safe side, he then went for a bronchoscopy where the cancer diagnosis was made. At one point, James didn’t know what his chances of survival were. Within less than a year he has made an almost full recovery showing us the strides cancer research and treatment have made.
His message of light over darkness and good over evil this evening not only resonated with the invitees to Diwali at Downing Street/Foreign Office but also to him personally given his recovery and it being National Lung Cancer Awareness Month. The press are quick to talk about the failings of politicians but this is a success story.
During our brief conversation today, James stressed that despite the uncertainty that surrounds a lung cancer diagnosis, people do come out of it stronger and today was a clear example of it.