He has now undergone six months of chemotherapy and also had surgery to remove a tumour from his liver.
The dad is now recovering at home and awaiting advice on the next treatment steps. Richard expects he will need further surgery which will leave him with a stoma, an opening on the surface of the tummy.
He said: “We used to do everything as a family – go on holidays, trips, days out but that’s all on hold at the minute because of my illness.
“I’ve tried to remain as positive as I can, not only for myself and my recovery but for Anny and the children.