Richard Walker, from Kidderminster, said he first experienced what felt like a hangover-like pain in the back of his head in September 2021, before he was diagnosed with a brain tumour
A father has shared how he found out he had an incurable brain tumor “the size of a satsuma” after waking up feeling hungover.
Richard Walker, from Kidderminster, said he was “sad, angry and frustrated” after receiving the shock diagnosis, which is devastating for his wife and two children, aged eight and 16, he reported BirminghamLive.
The businessman has now started raising funds after completing grueling radiation therapy to help find a cure for other sufferers.
He’s also chronicling his “cancer journey” on Instagram to raise awareness about brain cancer — which kills more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer.
Richard will begin his fundraiser for brain cancer research this Friday when he tours four Lloyds Bank branches in Worcester. Kidderminster, Droitwich and Cleobury Mortimer. It’s part of a campaign organized by his sister-in-law, who works for the bank.
He was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) on New Year’s Eve – the same day he turned 51 and celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with his 44-year-old wife Lucy.
His symptoms started in September 2021 when he started experiencing severe pain in the back of his head that lasted for days and gradually became more and more debilitating.
Richard, Managing Director of Weldmax UK in Stourport-on-Severn said: “I woke up feeling like I was ‘on the pop’ – which I wasn’t. I could see red and green lights in the corner of my right eye and remembered a friend telling me about something similar that he had experienced during a stroke and I thought that had happened to me.”
His symptoms worsened and after losing his peripheral vision he was forced to stop his van and seek help from strangers who called Lucy to pick him up.
She took him to the emergency room at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, where his cancer was diagnosed.
A further three CT scans and two MRIs were performed to assess the tumor and he was transferred to the neurology department at University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW). Results showed the tumor was the size of a satsuma and attached to his optic nerve “like a centipede,” rendering it inoperable due to the risk of further damage.
He underwent six weeks of radiation therapy, which ends this month. On March 25, he will spend a day raising funds as part of Wear A Hat Day to raise £2,740, which is the cost of a day of research at one of the charity’s centers of excellence.
Richard said the diagnosis was devastating for his family.
“Together Lucy and I have told the kids over time,” he said. “Max is eight and his school has been very supportive.
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“We bought him a book called ‘Someone I Love Has Cancer’ and it was a great tool to help him understand what’s happening to me. Evie is 16 and wants to be a doctor, has a caring personality and just wants to help me.
“I was sad, angry and frustrated, especially since I can no longer drive. Reading the stats on brain tumors is the fuel for my fight.
“I feel so happy when I wake up in the morning. I decided to document my brain cancer journey on Instagram to offload my thoughts and as a place for people to see for themselves. A lot of people ask how I’m doing and that was an easy way to answer.”
Wear-A-Hat Day is now in its 13th year and has so far raised more than £2million for brain cancer research to fight the disease. Click here to donate to Richard’s JustGiving fundraiser Here.
Follow his journey on Instagram Here.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dad-who-thought-hangover-diagnosed-26533948 Father who thought he had a hangover was diagnosed with a brain tumor the size of a satsuma