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A young dad has been given the devastating news that he is living with a potentially inoperable brain tumour, after being diagnosed with one twice before.
Colin Kimber, who lives in Glasgow, was first diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2012.
The then 25-year-old had suffered from multiple seizures in one day, prompting him to go to hospital.
After being sent home, he then experienced another seizure which led to a scan and the diagnosis.
Colin, now 34, underwent surgery to remove the tumour and within weeks he was back at work as a chef.
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But two years later he suffered yet another seizure.
Medics discovered that the tumour had returned and grown bigger. Luckily he was given the all clear after undergoing another operation as well as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Colin then went on to meet his future wife Hana with whom he had two daughters.
However, this year he started experiencing signs of confusion which was then diagnosed as a secondary tumour.
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Speaking to Edinburgh Live, Colin’s mum Diane said: “At the end of April this year he went for an emergency scan after feeling confused sometimes and they actually detected a different tumour on the right side of his brain, but his scan in August last year was completely clear.”
Doctors told Colin that his tumour was aggressive and it is behaving like it is stage four.
They also believe that due to its size and location, they are unlikely to be able to operate again. He is now undergoing chemotherapy again in the hopes that it could prolong his life.
“Doctors said the tumour is too awkward in terms of size and location so they can’t operate,” Diane said.
“We don’t know exactly how long he has got left but we’re waiting until the end of July to hopefully get an update.
“That will have been his third month of chemotherapy and hopefully it’s a positive update as doctors are hoping to either stop its growth or shrink it.”
She added: “I think he is angry at life as there are so many bad people out there and this has happened to him of all people. It’s just so sad to be honest.
“He has always been outgoing and is genuinely just a funny and bubbly person with a huge personality.
“He has always worked to do better for himself and has met a lot of people who he has kept in touch with. Despite his battle with cancer over the years he has done what any young person would do, go out and live their life.”
Diane has set up a fundraiser to help Colin and his family, as neither parent can currently work due to his illness.
To donate go to gofundme.com/f/father-with-stage-4-brain-tumour.
Common symptoms of a brain tumour include:
- Seizures (fits)
- Persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
- Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
- Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Vision or speech problems.
If you experience symptoms and are concerned you could have a brain tumour speak to your GP.
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