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.
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.