WEB REVIEW – Young musician losing his eye to cancer

Seb James, a 23-year-old musician, went to the dentist with toothache and ended up being diagnosed with cancer and losing one of his eyes. Now wearing an eye patch, he tries to look on the positive side of life.


Seb is lead guitarist and lead singer with Callow Saints, and music got him through the darkest days of his life. He was just 21 when he had his wisdom tooth removed. But when the wound didn’t heal he was sent to hospital in Oxford where he was diagnosed with cancer in his right sinus.


Seb had six sessions of chemotherapy over six months, lost his hair, felt terribly ill and lost a lot of weight. He was then told that he would need an operation but it would involve losing his eye. He said: “I took it pretty hard, it was worse than being told I had cancer. But I had to come to terms with it, it was my eye or my life.”


Seb then endured four more sessions of chemotherapy before learning that an NHS panel had decided to send him to America for three months for specialist proton therapy treatment, a more exact form of radiotherapy.


Now, technically, he is clear, but he still has regular check ups. “The patch has become my identity, makes me more individual and it does make me look damn good on stage.”


Source : http://www.bucksherald.co.uk/news/more-news/a-patch-does-make-me-look-damn-good-on-stage-musician-who-lost-eye-through-cancer-talks-about-his-new-identity-1-5999202