Andy battles bladder cancer and bucket list

SHE SAID YES: Andy and his partner Emma have just become engaged.
SHE SAID YES: Andy and his partner Emma have just become engaged. Contributed

ANDY Rahman is determined to not let bladder cancer beat him until he's finished his bucket list.

The Caboolture resident has stage four terminal cancer, so has compiled a number of things he'd like to do and created a Facebook page so that family, friends and the public can follow his journey.

"I started putting together a little list of things I wanted to do," he said.

"As I think of more things, I add them on there.

"There's quite a few things I know I can't afford to do, so I keep it realistic and within my cost limits."

Some of the items on Mr Rahman's list include whale watching, going on a brewery tour, taking his family on a cruise, getting his tattoo done, seeing the Bathurst V8 races and watching the Warriors win an NRL grand final.

Recently the community had rallied behind Mr Rahman so he could tick off one box on the list that was extremely important.

"I asked for help to fund a nice engagement ring for my partner who has stood by me when it was only two weeks after we met that I was diagnosed with having bladder cancer," he said.

"A lot of women would see that and think this is going to be too hard and run for the hills, and that's understandable, but Emma came to the hospital for the first appointments and right through chemotherapy."

Mr Rahman said she had been extremely supportive even when dealing with her own tough times.

"She's got a genetic disability called hypokalemic periodic paralysis, so not only does she have that to deal with, she's also taken care of me," he said.

Mr Rahman proposed to his now fiancée over the weekend and has now added getting married to his bucket list.

To make time to finish his bucket list and get married, Mr Rahman had made the tough decision to cut back from working full-time.

With his hours reduced, Mr Rahman was now just waiting for his chemotherapy schedule to see when he could fit his bucket list in.

"I'm just about to start a new course of treatment," he said.

To follow Andy's Bucket List, visit www.facebook. com/andysbucketlist.

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