Jason – ‘My cancer experience inspired me to chase my acting dream’

Avid wrestler Jason Stynes first thought the lump he noticed under his arm a year-and-a-half ago was a training injury.

“At first I thought I might just have pulled a muscle in training, but it kept coming and going until it eventually got sore, so I went to see my GP and he told me to go to the Emergency Department first thing in the morning, which I did,” says 20-year-old Jason from Bray.

After follow-up investigations, Jason became one of the many patients during the pandemic whose life would be turned upside down by a phone call.

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My mam actually got a phone call to tell her that I had Hodgkins Lymphoma, and they called us in to discuss a bit more about what it is and treatment.

“I started treatment prettymuch straight away.”

Jason went through six rounds of chemotherapy to treat his cancer: “Luckily enough the last round of chemo worked and I didn’t have to go through radiation or anything like that,” he recalls with relief.

He has been in remission since February 2021, and says that he is thankfully feeling a lot better now.

Jason says his brush with cancer has given him a new perspective on life, and has inspired him to chase his dreams.

“It’s taught me that life’s too short, you never know when things might go wrong and there’s no point living in fear. It inspired me to do acting work which is something I’ve always wanted to do.”

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