The bodybuilder husband of Frances Abott, Sam Loch, revealed his shocking skin cancer battle less than a week after announcing they’re expecting their first child.
The champion Olympic rower reassured his 16,000 followers on Instagram that he was recovering well from surgery to remove cancerous melanomas in his new hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Loch, 37, said ‘it’s definitely good news’ after doctors removed a melanoma on his shin and four lymph nodes from his groin.
Bodybuilder Sam Loch (pictured) posed for a thumbs up to reassure family and friends he was recovering well from a surgery to remove a cancerous melanoma from his shin
‘I have another date with the scalpel this week, but it is much better than it could have been’, he wrote online.
Loch posed with his thumbs up in his hospital bed wearing a cat mask and a hair net.
The champion bodybuilder said it was his close friend’s cancer battle and his wife’s recent pregnancy that made him improve his sun smartness and become proactive to check ‘iffy moles’.
Sam Loch (pictured) said everything was ‘going well’ after his stint in the hospital to remove cancerous melanomas
Frances Loch announced she’s expecting a baby with her husband Sam Loch. She shared a candid picture of herself cradling her burgeoning bump on January 22
Loch’s pregnant wife Frances Loch, nee Abott, shared support for her husband online.
‘Cute cat mask and i’ll say it again, you look good in purple,’ she said.
Frances Loch, the daughter of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, announced she’s expecting a baby with her husband Sam Loch on January 22.
The 29-year-old fitness instructor – who now lives in America alongside her husband – shared a candid picture of herself cradling her burgeoning bump.
‘Big little baby Loch. Joining the party summer ’21,’ she wrote on Instagram.
The exciting baby news comes after the couple moved from Sydney to the US to start a new life together.
Body Builder Sam Loch (pictured) had a skin cancer scare when he had four lymph nodes from his groin and a melanoma removed from his shin
Husband to Frances Abbott Sam Loch, (pictured) made his his debut for the Australian Rowing Team in 2007
The pair tied the knot in a surprise wedding ceremony on Valentine’s Day 2018 just three months after they met in November 2017.
‘Two weeks was all it took to know that forever with you was a mighty fine idea,’ she wrote in an Instagram post at the time of their shock engagement.
Frances said the proposal happened in the kitchen when Sam popped the question as she was putting peas in the freezer.
Sam Loch and Frances Abbott (pictured together) tied the knot just three months after she met the bodybuilder in November 2017
During the proposal, Sam had a bottle of champagne in his hands and cleverly convinced her to ask him why.
When she obliged, he replied that he bought it to drink after he asked her to marry him.
Former PM Tony Abbott congratulated the couple at the time, tweeting: ‘Really thrilled at the news of Francie and Sam’s engagement. We are very proud of her and the Abbotts are looking forward to welcoming Sam into the family.’
Frances tied the knot in a surprise wedding with Sam (pictured together) on Valentine’s Day 2018 just three months after they met
The pair were legally married at a registry in February 2018 (pictured showing off their wedding bands after getting married on Valentine’s Day)
Despite concerns the couple were moving too fast, Frances previously revealed her family, including her dad, were very supportive of their engagement.
‘I think meeting Tones [Tony] can be quite intimidating for anyone, but that’s what I love about Sam,’ Frances said.
‘He’s so grounded, and so settled in his own skin, it felt totally natural. There was no change in voice, no sitting upright. Dad liked him.’
The couple moved from Sydney to the US to start a new life together after getting married
Frances met Sam, an ex-Olympic rower, in November 2017 – and got engaged two weeks later
Frances said Sam asked her to marry him as she was putting peas into the freezer
As for her mother Margie, she was just as surprised as everyone when her middle daughter told her of Sam’s proposal.
‘Mum was like, “Frances, you are quite impulsive”,’ Frances recalled.
The pair were legally married at a registry in February 2018 – but waited to celebrate with their nearest and dearest at Sydney’s exclusive Palm Beach in April.
‘The celebratory component isn’t for a couple of months, but we made it official in the eyes of the law,’ Sam wrote on Instagram, alongside a picture of the pair showing off their wedding bands.
‘We’re the motherf***ing Mighty Morphin Power Rangers of love.’
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