A teenage boy who suffered from a brain tumour had his symptoms dismissed by doctors more than 20 times over five months.
Shane Gunby said he ‘struggled mentally’ and felt ‘alone’ among classmates after he was eventually diagnosed aged 15.
He has since become Young Ambassador with The Brain Tumour Charity to help other youngsters feel supported.
His tumour has been wiped out by course of radiotherapy and he is now much happier and healthier, the Mirror reports.
Doctors repeatedly dismissed Shane’s eye pain, tiredness and headaches as either a virus or the result of exam stress.
His mum Clare took him to A&E for a scan after a GP sent him home with a nasal spray for hay fever. It was then that his life changed forever.
He has since reflected on how much he struggled to process his brain tumour diagnosis in a video for the Brain Tumour Charity as part of Mental Health Awareness Week.
Shane, now 22, said he went from being called ‘the short kid’ to ‘the kid who had a brain tumour’ which made him feel ‘alone and locked out’.
He added: ‘After my diagnosis, I struggled mentally and it had a big impact on how I thought about things.’
It turns out Shane’s delayed puberty and development was an early symptom of his tumour.
The growth was over his which was on his pituitary gland, which plays a major role in regulating hormones.
Shane said he was known as the one with the ‘squeaky’ voice while his friends went through puberty.
As other symptoms began to emerge, Shane says he would be so tired and in so much pain he’d go straight to bed after school.
His social life began to suffer as a result and he ended up missing out on invites from friends and trips out with the family.
The keen guitar player from Nottingham said he was ‘heartbroken’ when a draining four-week radiotherapy course made him lose his long hair.
But he overcame his obstacles, passing most of his GCSEs and re-sitting English before going to study music at college.
Shane, who is now six foot tall, works as a hotel receptionist and has a scan once a year.
He added: ‘No one should feel embarrassed about having mental health issues. Don’t bottle everything up and talk to someone.
‘From struggling to accept the person I was, I now feel a bit stronger each day – having a brain tumour and overcoming my problems has helped shape the person I am today.’
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