Irish Man Who Thought He Was Hungover Actually Had A Brain Tumour

And now he needs your help

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Cancer survivor, James Murphy, is out to share his story with the world - and kick the disease to the curb once and for all. 

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with a brain tumour in May of this year. He had a successful surgery in August, and from then on, decided to make it his mission to share his learned wisdom with others. 

He set up a Facebook page, aptly called ‘Sense of Tumour’ and has over 1,100 followers because of it. And thanks to all of their incredible help, they, together, have raised over €10,000 for Brain Tumour Ireland.

Murphy hails from Ballincollig in Cork but works for Twitter at its Dublin HQ.

He says about the whole ordeal: 

Besides a bad haircut I’ve luckily come through it unscathed. I’m glad it’s all over. Next is more chemo but we’ll just have to see how my body reacts.

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According to the Irish Mirror, James was diagnosed back in May when he went to the doctor with what he believed was a bad hangover and a terrible headache that just wouldn't go away. 

He was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumour. This meant that he wasn't to overdo it in every day life. 

The only exercise I was allowed was a 20-minute walk so a few of the lads just started walking with me. That mushroomed into the walking club and last week a group of us did the 5K fundraiser in Dublin. I had hoped to raise a few bob but before I knew it I had people donating €50, €100 even €250.

We raised over €10,000 which is just brilliant because Brain Tumour Ireland is a small family-run charity. We went on to the FAI final in the Aviva afterwards and to see Cork City get the last-minute winner topped off a great day out with all my buddies.

The way I see it is it’s not a death sentence, just something you have to live with. Hopefully early next year I’ll be back at work and back to my life in Dublin.

Could you spare a few bob?

Have a look over at his Facebook page and Brain Tumour Ireland's one too, and see what they're all about. 

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Written By

Kate Demolder

Kate is a contributing writer here at Lovin Dublin. You are as likely to see her indulging in some of Dublin’s finer establishments, as well as panic-exercising the day after.

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