Paul Urwin missed the Great North Swim for the last three years due to bowel cancer, but after having lifesaving ostomy surgery he is now in remission and will head back into the water for the UK’s biggest weekend of open water swimming event.
His colon was removed in a major operation at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough. After a six-week stay in hospital, Paul is now on his way to being in remission.
Paul, 67, said: “As I lay in that hospital bed recovering from a really huge operation, I never thought I’d have the chance to experience the beauty of swimming the event at Windermere again.”
“People ask me ‘how are you going to swim with a stoma bag?’ I always say ‘I just swim!’
The Great North Swim is Europe's biggest open water swimming event with around 10,000 participants. Over three days, swimmers of all abilities take the plunge in Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.
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