Merlin Griffiths is returning to the First Dates restaurant, alongside Fred Sirieix (Picture: Paul Groom Photography Ltd)
He’s been open about his health battles since being diagnosed with the disease in September 2021, and underwent surgery to get his tumour removed in April last year.
Despite having ‘come out the other side’, Merlin has now spoken about the consequences he’s ‘always’ living with.
Appearing on BBC Breakfast, the 48-year-old said he was ‘living with the fallout’ but ‘all good’.
He said: ‘As anyone who has been through with cancer and come out of the other side knows, there are always consequences to something like this that are life-changing.’
Merlin was diagnosed with bowel cancer in September 2021 (Picture: Instagram)
Merlin has now been diagnosed with another condition, Low Anterior Resection Syndrome, which is a change in bowel habits that can occur after surgery for rectal cancer.
He explained: ‘I have a condition called Low Anterior Resection Syndrome now to deal with, but that’s all right.
‘We live with it, we move forward. The main thing is, one is alive and able to smile and able to work at the bar in the restaurant.’
He added he now has a new appreciation of life, saying: ‘It does and it doesn’t, it’s an experience one parks and you draw upon it when you need it.’
He’s opened up about the life-changing consequences he now faces (Picture: @merlinfdc4)
When Merlin first announced his diagnosis, he explained that he was maintaining a ‘positive outlook’, but admitted that he has a ‘morbid sense of humour’.
He recalled the moment he told his daughter Alix, who was seven at the time and who he shares with his wife Lucille, that he had cancer, 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.
First Dates airs on Tuesdays at 10pm on Channel 4.
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