Australian designer, builder and television presenter Barry Du Bois emotionally revealed on Friday that the cancer he was first diagnosed with six years ago has returned.
Hello friends, I am sure my announcement on The Living Room tonight that my cancer has returned was a shock for many of you. After living six years in remission, it was a shock for my family and I too. The Living Room means more to me than most things on Earth, and it means an incredible amount to be loved by so many people. Thank you so much for all your love and support. It means the world to me. I am going into this battle with the love, support and encouragement of my friends and family, and all of you. I'm going to beat what I have got, and hopefully inspire others to do so too. Baz x
In a moving segment on Network Ten's 'The Living Room' program, Du Bois announced that a plasmacytoma myeloma that was first felt in his neck in 2010 has resurfaced "reasonably aggressively" and that he's set to undergo further chemotherapy and strong doses of medication while in line for a transplant.
"Many of the people that watch our show know that I got cancer six years ago with a plasmacytoma myeloma. That was a single tumour in my neck. It's why I'm a bit stiff and look a bit old here," he said.
"But I've missed a couple of checks and my last blood result... I got some bad news. It seems that my cancer has come back reasonably aggressively. Now I have what's regarded as multiple myeloma. So, we've got a cancer in my body that has created several tumours right through my body."
We love you, Barry. You are the warm heart of our Living Room family and we will be with you every step of this journey. https://t.co/tLP7ObEGUf— The Living Room (@livingroomtv) October 20, 2017
Du Bois, 57, was visibly emotional while discussing the resurgence of the disease, but said that he's confident he'll beat the cancer.
"This is just another fight for me that I'm quite comfortable I'm gonna win. I'm up for a bit of a tough gig ahead," he said.
"I've had two cycles of chemo now and all being well, touching wood, at the end of my third cycle what I'm gonna do is a stem cell and bone marrow retrieval and prepare for a transplant.
"At Christmas time when [he is with his family] on holidays, I'm gonna be in an isolation ward with the great people at St Vincent's Hospital under the care of some amazing people and I'm gonna have a very strong dose of medicine."
Plasmacytoma myeloma is a type of cancer that attacks a person's bone marrow and in 2011 when Du Bois first became aware of the strain in his body, most of the top of his spine had already been affected.
Since then, he was forced to have surgery to place a titanium spine in his body to replace the damage and relies on steady radiation therapy and medications to keep the disease at bay.
On Friday, the home renovation expert told 'The Living Room's audience that this new bout of cancer will see him lose his hair, but also said that he wants to beat it along with the support of his family and friends.
"Everything I have ever done in my life, I back myself 100 per cent. I'm gonna not only back myself, I'm gonna go into this with the support of the most amazing people I know and friends and family that love me," he said.
"And I'm gonna hopefully not only beat what I've got, but I'm gonna inspire some others to win their wars as well. But that's a temporary situation. None of this is gonna beat me.
"['Liviing Room co-presenter Miguel Maestre] has been helping with recipes. My beautiful wife has been preparing the most beautiful food and healthy food. I'm mindfully meditating. I'm concentrating on winning this battle and it's as easy as it can be because of the support I get from you guys."