Tyla

To make sure you never miss out on your favourite NEW stories, we're happy to send you some reminders

Click 'OK' then 'Allow' to enable notifications

Not now
OK

First Dates' Merlin Griffiths shares cancer update from hospital bed post-surgery

Tom Wood

Published 
| Last updated 

First Dates' Merlin Griffiths shares cancer update from hospital bed post-surgery

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@merlinfdc4

First Dates star Merlin Griffiths has shared an update with his fans after undergoing major surgery.

The 47-year-old TV personality was diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2021 and recently had a procedure to remove his stoma.

A stoma is a form of treatment where the end of the bowel is brought to the surface of the body in order to release waste into a stoma bag.

It is used to treat a number of illnesses, from bowel cancer to Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other chronic conditions.

Griffiths has been active on social media since his diagnosis, keeping his supporters up to date as well as trying to raise some awareness about the realities of life with the disease.

Merlin Griffiths was diagnosed with bowel cancel in 2021. Credit: Instagram/@merlinfdc4
Merlin Griffiths was diagnosed with bowel cancel in 2021. Credit: Instagram/@merlinfdc4

The diagnosis revealed a 4.5cm tumour in his bowel, leading to a whole lot of treatment for the stage three cancer.

He underwent another surgery in April of 2022, but told fans that there had been a setback in September and let his followers know on Monday that he is now in the final stage of his treatment.

Posting a photo of himself in a hospital bed, with his traditional good humour, Merlin said: “Ouch. Time for a nap. Surgery done, tomorrow is a new day.

“Things start happening once I fart properly! I hope it’s soon because I’m very hungry….”

He added: “Feels weird looking down and not seeing a #Stoma.

“My hand keeps feeling for my bag to see how full it is, and coming up empty!!”

The First Dates bartender went on to thank the NHS for the care he has received, as well as revealing that the teddy bear which has featured in a lot of his posts will now be donated to a child with a stoma.

Before his surgery, he had posted a picture of the bear as well as sharing his hopes for the success of his treatment – which we can all agree on.

Merlin's bear will now be donated to a child with a stoma. Credit: Instagram/@merlinfdc4
Merlin's bear will now be donated to a child with a stoma. Credit: Instagram/@merlinfdc4

Griffiths wrote: “Checked in (with the bear of course) and ready to go. Here’s to the final phase of treatment and recovery.”

His followers have been quick to wish him all the best, with one writing: “Wishing you a speedy recovery, keep pushing mate, your [sic] doing amazing!

“Can’t wait to see you on our screens behind the bar doing an amazing job as always.”

Another wrote: “Get well soon. Sending you lots of love.”

A third said: “Take it easy, fellow pouchie! The first few days can be tricky but it gets better every day.

Yep, all the best Merlin.

Tom Wood
More like this

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Celebrity

Molly-Mae shares adorable nickname for newborn baby

an hour ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

Viewers think they spotted Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck fighting at the Grammys

2 hours ago