The Wanted's Tom Parker diagnosed with inoperable brain tumour
Tom Parker has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.
The Wanted singer explained that he thought he suffered a seizure in July, and was put on the waiting list for an MRI scan.
While on holiday in Norwich in August, he had another seizure which resulted in him spending three days in hospital having tests done. Doctors have since confirmed that he has stage four glioblastoma.
In a joint interview with his wife Kelsey, Tom told OK! Magazine that he was given the news a few days later while still on holiday.
"Kelsey couldn't come in because of Covid," he said.
"They pulled the curtain around my bed and said, 'It's a brain tumour.' All I could think was, 'F*****g hell!' I was in shock.
"It's stage four glioblastoma and they've said its terminal. It was a lot to deal with by myself. I still haven't processed it."
Kelsey is currently 36 weeks pregnant with the couple's second child, a baby boy. They are also parents to 15-month-old daughter Aurelia.
Speaking about the moment she was told, Kelsey said: "It was horrendous. They rang me and told me over the phone. They said, 'It's a tumour and it's worst-case scenario'.
"They also told us it was inoperable and what the treatment would be. I was in a complete state.
"It was like everything stopped. Obviously being told you have any tumour is bad, but to be told you have the worst one is a lot to take in. All I could think was, 'What's going to happen and what is our life now?'"
Tom, 32, is currently undergoing back to back chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and has declined to hear a prognosis.
"I need everyone's love and positivity," he said. "I am going to fight this. We are already exploring alternative treatments and looking at clinical trials both here and abroad, and our friends have been doing research.
"There are so many stories of people who were given a bad prognosis and are still here five, 10, even 15 years later. We're going to fight this all the way."
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