The star speaks of how his children are inspiring him as he battles cancer
The Living Room favourite Barry Du Bois has opened up on his hopes for his children, as he faces the reality of a cancer that he describes as ‘not curable.’ The star, who turns 60 next year, is living with Plasmacytoma Myeloma, a cancer of the immune system.
He tells the latest issue of Australian Men’s Health that he is thinking of his own father, and how he remembers him, as he navigates the difficult path ahead, for both himself and 6-year-old twins Arabella and Bennett.
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'I have these incredible memories of the strength of my father, and I was very worried that my own children would remember me as a weak person who was a burden on their mother,' Barry tells the publication.
He is now working on maintaining and improving his health as much as possible. The star is looking forward to turning 60, and in the lead up he is focussing on being as proactive as possible with his wellbeing, not only for himself, but also for his children.
'What I have is not curable. But I'm in a great place. I'm as good as someone can be who has multiple myeloma,' he tells the magazine. .
'What I want is for my children to be able to tell their children one day that their dad was a powerful man.’
Breakfast in bed topped with lots of love, it's Father's Day today but every day is a gift with these beautiful angels. Hope you're all having a great Father's Day. Take care xxx #fathersday
Speaking to New Idea earlier this year, the spoke of how his struggles first started after he lost his mother to breast and bowel cancer in 2004. But the difficult times didn’t stop there when his wife, Leonie Tobler, went on to be diagnosed with cervical cancer.
‘I lost my mum, my wife got cancer and everything started to unwind,’ Barry said. ‘I just didn’t want to talk, I closed down.’
In October 2017, Barry shared the devastating news that his cancer had returned – this time it was much more aggressive, but still, he was determined to stay positive, and his fight inspired us all.
‘My answer to my diagnosis wasn’t negative, it was all about how can we best prepare ourselves to deal with the battle ahead. There will always be battles in life and it’s always about being ready and best prepared to deal with them,’ Barry said.
‘My kids are my life – everything about them is positive, they’re amazing. Family is the start of community and society.
‘I want my kids to experience a sense of self-belief.’