Father who believed he was suffering from a hangover was diagnosed with a brain tumour “size of a Satsuma”


Richard Walker from Kidderminster said that he felt pain in the back of his skull first in September 2021. It felt like a hangover. He was then diagnosed with a brain tumor.

One father shared the story of how he learned he had an incurable brain tumor. “the size of a satsuma”After waking up feeling hungover, he decided to go to bed.

Richard Walker from Kidderminster says he was left “sad, angry and frustrated”He received a shock diagnosis that is life-threatening for his wife, and for their two children (aged eight and 16), and reported it. BirminghamLive.

After completing grueling radiotherapy treatment, the businessman is now fundraising to find a cure.

He also keeps a journal of his adventures. “cancer journey”On Instagram, in an effort to raise awareness for brain tumours. These cancers kill more children and adults aged under 40 than any other type of cancer.

Richard will kick off his fundraising for Brain Tumour Research Friday by touring four Lloyds Bank branches around Worcester. KidderminsterDroitwich, Cleobury Mortimer. It’s part of a campaign that his sister-in law, who works for the bank, organized.

He was diagnosed with a Stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) tumour on New Year’s Eve – the same day he turned 51 and celebrated his ninth wedding anniversary with wife, Lucy, aged 44.

He began to feel severe pain in his back and neck starting in September 2021. It would continue for several days before becoming more debilitating.

Richard, the managing director of Weldmax UK, Stourport-on-Severn said: “I woke up feeling like I had been ‘on the pop’- which I hadn’t. I could see red and green lights in the corner of my right eye and remember a friend telling me about something similar they experienced whilst they were having a stroke and I thought that was happening to me.”

His symptoms got worse and he had to pull his van over to seek help from strangers. Lucy was called to pick him up.

She took him to A&E at Alexandra Hospital in Redditch where his cancer was diagnosed.

To further assess the tumour, three additional CT scans and two MRIs were performed. He was then transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire’s neurological unit (UHCW). The tumor was about the same size as a satsuma. “like a millipede”His optic nerve was deemed inoperable because of the risk of further damage.

A six-week course of radiotherapy was completed by him. It ended this month. On March 25 he will undertake a day of fundraising as part of Wear A Hat Day with the aim of collecting £2,740, which represents the cost of a day of research at one of the charity’s Centre of Excellence.

Richard described the devastating diagnosis as devastating for his family.

“Together Lucy and I have told the kids over time,” he said. “Max is eight years old and his school has been supportive.

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“We bought him a book that is called ‘someone I love has cancer’ and that’s been a great tool to help him understand what’s happening to me. Evie, 16 years old, wants to become a doctor. He has a nurturing personality and is eager to help me.

“I’ve felt, sad, angry and frustrated, especially as I can no longer drive. Reading the statistics about brain tumours is the fuel to my fight.

“I feel so lucky when I wake up in the morning. I decided to document my brain tumour journey on Instagram as a way of offloading my thoughts and as a place for people to see for themselves. Lots of people ask how I am and this was an easy way of answering.”

Wear A Hat Day is now in its 13th year and has so far raised more than £2 million for Brain Tumour Research to fight the disease. Click here to donate to Richard’s JustGiving fund raising appeal. here.

Follow his journey via Instagram here.