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Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey marked a very poignant event on Instagram on Wednesday – one year since a seizure led to his to brain tumour diagnosis.
The Wanted singer, 33, revealed in October that he had been diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma and briefly detailed his journey in his latest post, which included a loved-up picture with his wife.
‘A year of total madness!!! 1 year ago today I had my first ever seizure which ultimately lead to the discovery of a stage4 brain tumour Scariest time of our lives but were here a year down the line. I couldn’t love you any more,’ he wrote.
Supportive couple: Tom Parker and his wife Kelsey marked a very poignant event on Instagram on Wednesday – one year since a seizure led to his to brain tumour diagnosis
The supportive couple share two children Aurelia Rose, two and Bodhi Thomas, who was born not long after Tom announced his diagnosis.
Doting mum and wife Kelsey, 31, shared a similar smitten pic to that of Tom’s, where they looked at each other adoringly.
Her sweet caption further emphasised the love she has for her husband of three years.
‘We will always have each other’: Doting mum and wife Kelsey, 31, shared a similar smitten pic to that of Tom’s, where they looked at each other adoringly
Poignant: The Wanted singer, 33, revealed in October that he had been diagnosed with stage four Glioblastoma and briefly detailed his journey in his latest post which included a loved-up picture with his wife
‘A year ago today our life changed forever. Through everything we will always have each other. Me and you against the world @tomparkerofficial,’ she penned.
Back in June, the father-of-two revealed he’s making a documentary about his terminal brain cancer, admitting that it has been an ’emotional process’ so far.
Announcing the news of his new show on Instagram, Tom also revealed he’s planning a fundraising concert.
New project: Back in June, the father-of-two revealed he’s making a documentary about his terminal brain cancer, admitting that it has been an ’emotional process’ so far
Tom penned: ‘We have some news. For the past few months @being_kelsey and I have been working with the good people at Spungold TV on a documentary for @channel4 and Stand Up 2 Cancer.
‘As well as looking at our story, I’ve also been meeting some amazing people who are suffering from the same disease and meeting doctors and activists who are trying every day to raise awareness and to fight for more funding for vital research into brain cancer.
‘I have also decided to stage a fundraising concert, with some great artists, to raise money for @su2cuk and the National Brain Appeal and I’m really excited to tell you all the details very soon.’
Honest: Tom thanked fans for the support they’ve given him, Kelsey and their children, saying ‘you have no idea how much we appreciate it!’
Tom continued: ‘It’s been an eye opening, and at times, an emotional process but I’m really proud of what we are creating.
‘It’s time to raise awareness and increase the money available for research and if I can help do that with this project then I’ll be a very happy man!
‘Thanks again for all your support for myself and Kelsey and the kids, you have no idea how much we appreciate it!’
‘I’m determined to fight the disease and the terrible situation of the chronically low level of research that goes towards finding a cure and treatment for glioblastoma.’
It is thought that the documentary will see Tom looking into potential treatments and meeting other brain cancer patients.
The show will be part of the Stand Up To Cancer campaign and proceeds from the concert, thought to be happening at the Royal Albert Hall, will be split between the charity and The National Brain Appeal.
Sharing his story: Tom has been candidly detailing his health woes with fans, often sharing updates with his children Aurelia, two, and son Bodhi, who will be one in October (pictured in June)
WHAT IS A GLIOBLASTOMA AND JUST HOW DEADLY IS IT? THE AGGRESSIVE BRAIN TUMOR SUFFERED BY JOHN MCCAIN
Senator John McCain was diagnosed with a glioblastoma in July 2017
Glioblastoma is considered the most aggressive tumor that can form in the brain. Senator John McCain was diagnosed with one in July 2017.
Patients have a 10 percent chance of surviving five years after their diagnosis, according to figures. The average lifespan is between 14 and 16 months.
Three adults per every 100,000 will be struck down with a glioblastoma, says The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS).
It is most commonly found in men aged 50 to 60, and there is no link between developing glioblastoma and having a previous history with other cancers.
WHAT IS THE TUMOR MADE OF?
The tumor is made up of a mass of cells growing quickly in the brain, and in most cases patients have no family history of the disease.
It won’t spread to other organs, however, once it is diagnosed, it is nearly impossible to target, surgeons claim.
Unlike other types of brain cancer which are more specifically located, glioblastoma can occur in any part of the brain.
WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE?
Because the tumor likely already spread deep into the brain by the time it is diagnosed, the cancerous tissue is incredibly difficult to remove.
Surgeon will only ever remove the tumor, or part of the tumor, if it won’t do any damage to the surrounding brain tissue.
Dr Babcar Cisse, a neurosurgeon at the Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center, told Daily Mail Online in July 2017: ‘By the time a glioblastoma is diagnosed, microfibers can spread to the rest of the brain which an MRI would not spot.
‘So even if the main tumor is removed and the patient receives radiation and chemotherapy, it will come back.’
GRADING A GLIOBLASTOMA
Brain tumors are graded from between one to four, depending on how fast they grow and how aggressive they are.
Malignant tumors are either given a high-grade three or four, while benign ones are given a lower grade one or two.
Glioblastoma is often referred to as a grade four astrocytoma – another form of brain tumor, says the AANS.
Patients typically complain of symptoms such as confused vision, trouble with memory, dizziness and headaches.
The symptoms are somewhat nonspecific, and vary from person to person, and may not persist.
The disease is therefore impossible to diagnose based on symptoms alone.