Huel helped my through cancer and beyond

A few weeks ago the Royal Marsden Hospital discharged me after five years of being cancer free!

In the Autumn of 2017 I noticed a lump in my neck, just under the jawline near my ear. Apart from the lump I was feeling good. It didn’t go away so I saw my doctor, but after some tests and unhelpful feedback, I pushed for a hospital consultation.

Following my first visit the pace kicked up a few notches with blood tests, biopsies, MRI and PEP scans. In early 2018, at the age of 54, I was diagnosed with an early stage squamous cell carcinoma at the base of my tongue. The original lump I had felt was where it was affecting my lymph nodes.

My consultant told me that I was fit and healthy, and there was a high rate of the cancer being curable, but I would have to go through six weeks of radiotherapy combined with some chemotherapy. Despite the shock of having cancer, I took his positive attitude and support, and got in the ‘zone’. I was going to do my best to defeat this having a loving wife and young daughter to live for.

As the treatment progressed it became necessary to have an NG tube as I wasn’t able to swallow foods easily. This was a tube fed through my nose into my stomach to give me the right nutrients. This was later removed and I was able to eat soups and the ‘lovely’ Fortisip drinks.

I soon discovered Huel and having tried it, was converted. I bought a blender and would mix a daily batch of drinks. They went everywhere including when we went camping!

Since having an operation to improve my swallowing I’ve been able to eat normal food, but I still supplement with Huel Black Edition chocolate or salted caramel. I blend with banana or avocado, some olive oil and plenty of water, and put them in the fridge. If I’m going away I’ll grab a box of ready made Huel.

I love the stuff and it keeps me active - I road bike and mountain bike, run for Cancer Research UK, and snowboard when I can.

This year I became a Huel 1000 member. I’m not sure what I’d have done without it, so here’s a massive thank you to the Huel team for a fantastic product and helping me to pursue my life and stay healthy.



Very inspiring! Glad you are cancer free, and thank you for sharing your story!

Thank you so much for sharing your story Johnny! We’re so pleased we’ve been able to help you and congratulations on your Hueligan milestone, A massive thank you to you :black_heart: