Doctor who beat cancer organises Himalayan trek

TRIP Dr Sheikh at Everest base camp last year
TRIP Dr Sheikh at Everest base camp last year

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A DOCTOR who beat cancer is planning an expedition to help others beat the disease.

Dr Irfan Sheikh, 70, from Waterlooville, is planning to trek through the Himalayas with cancer survivors and their partners from March to April next year.

He said: ‘It’s horrible, you ask “why me”. You go into an absolute low and your family go into it with you.’

Dr Sheikh was diagnosed with cancer in 2005 and had to retire from work at the surgery he ran in Tempest Avenue, Waterlooville.

He enjoyed an active lifestyle before his diagnosis and he turned to exercise to help him stay positive during his treatment.

‘I knew exercise would keep me going, I didn’t want to give up that,’ he added.

‘Each time I had my chemotherapy I went out and climbed up Butser Hill.

‘It wasn’t easy, every step was an effort but I wasn’t going to let it beat me.’

‘You get a lot of toxicity from chemo. You need those toxins to come out of the body through sweat or urine otherwise the chemicals sit in your body and make you feel worse.’

Dr Sheikh hopes the expedition to Annapurna in the Himalayas will inspire cancer survivors and their partners and help them to see the importance of exercise in overcoming the disease.

To join the trek, email sheikh.irfan51@yahoo.com.