First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has expressed his gratitude for the supportive messages being sent his way on Twitter and revealing his cancer diagnosis.
Merlin, who has worked on the Channel 4 show as the bartender of the restaurant since series one, has revealed that he has been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
The 46-year-old explained that he first began suffering from stomach pains in June this year, before finding out in August that he had a stage three tumour.
A week after being told the news and informing his wife, Merlin told close friends and coworkers, including First Dates maître d’hôtel Fred Sirieix and waiting staff CiCi Coleman and Grant Urquhart.
After revealing his news in an article published in The Mirror, fans rushed to share their support for Merlin on social media.
In a tweet shared on Saturday evening in response to the messages, Merlin wrote: ‘Twitter is capable of being a very nice “place” sometimes’, next to three heart emojis.
Fred responded to Merlin’s tweet with a heart emoji, with several fans also replying to send him their love and well-wishes.
When Merlin told Fred about his cancer diagnosis, he said that Fred was ‘lovely and encouraging’.
‘He asked me how it has changed my life,’ Merlin said.
‘I told him, “You either let it or you don’t. If you let it, it can take you down some pretty dark places”.’
Merlin also recalled how ‘shocked’ and Grant were, stating: ‘CiCi and Grant were both shocked. Grant said, “Christ, man, this sort of thing always seems to happen to the best of people.” That was very sweet.’
The bartender said that he is maintaining a ‘positive outlook’ throughout his treatment, admitting that he has a ‘morbid sense of humour’.
He also recalled how he told his seven-year-old daughter Alix about the news, telling her that while it’s ‘very serious’, he thinks ‘it should be okay’.
‘She understands that people can die but I told her cancer comes in different varieties and in different ways too – and that many people come through it,’ he said.
Credit: Original article published here.