Barry Du Bois has bravely chosen to speak out about his long running battle with depression.
The Living Room star has told New Idea that his issues first began when he lost his mother to breast and bowel cancer back in 2004.
The 58-year-old, who has been fighting cancer on and off for several years said:
‘I was depressed, I refused to talk about it and I just thought it was everyone else trying to annoy me,’
‘I lost my mum, my wife [Leonie Tobler] got cancer and everything started to unwind. I didn’t want to talk, I closed down,’
Leonie, who has six-year-old twins Arabella and Bennett with Barry, had been diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Barry was first diagnosed with Plasmacytoma Myeloma, a cancer of the immune system, in 2010, and has been battling the disease ever since.
But despite being in and out of hospital for nine years, brave Barry won’t let his health battles defeat him.
In March, he told The Daily Telegraph:
‘I celebrate every day… None of us are in the clear health-wise.’
‘I have been through some barrels over the past 12 months, but I am putting them behind me.’
Barry said that he ‘cherishes every moment’ with his young family because ‘my life, because of recent medical problems, might be shorter than most’.
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