Sometimes, it can get a little annoying to have someone to tell you over and over again to do something, right? But still, listening to them is better than having to hear the famous “I told you so” line later.
43-year-old Brian Walker, had an unusual bump on his arm that he presumed was just a bug bite but his wife kept pressuring him to go to the doctor to check it out.
He refused to do anything about it so his wife Helen scheduled an appointment for him. Brian from Longtown, Cumbria, UK, decided to visit the doctor after the lump had grown to the size of a 50p piece.
Turns out, that appointment saved his life because the bump was not a bug bite, but an aggressive form of cancer called inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT).
Before Brian, there were only four other cases of this cancer reported in the whole world. The cancer soon spread to other parts of his body and it was taking over. Brian was immediately scheduled for surgery.
The small bump had grown to a worrying size and was leaking fluid. During the surgery the doctors removed healthy skin and muscle tissues to get the tumor out.
The doctors had to use skin from Brian’s back to cover it up since the size of the wound was so large.
Helen said: “Brian was suffering from an aggressive and malignant cancer, but he put it down to a bite. I kept telling him to get to it checked out.
“I’m very pleased I got him to go to the doctor. He could have lost his arm if he hadn’t been treated.
“The point is you can’t just regard a lump as nothing. It should be checked out.”
Brian is very thankful to his wife.
“At the time, I thought ‘the lump is not hurting me,’ so I just left it. Some people complain if their wife nags them but going to that appointment had a big impact on my life.
“I’m your typical truck driver, so just get on with things, but I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t gone.
“I had my operations in the Freeman Hospital and then follow-up treatment in the Royal Victoria Hospital. They were brilliant.”
Now, eight months on, Brian is back to work and back with his family.