Barrow farmer Shaun Knapton battles back against brain tumour
A man who discovered he had a brain tumour after having a seizure has spoken of his attempts to battle back to full health.
Shaun Knapton, a 40-year-old farmer from Barrow-Upon-Humber, suffered a seizure on Valentine's Day in 2009 which resulted in him banging his head and being rushed to A&E in Hull.
Doctors there discovered he had a grade-three brain tumour, which is one of the more aggressive types.
Mr Knapton said if his fall had not happened he would not have found out he had a brain tumour.
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He is one of just a handful diagnosed in North Lincolnshire each year – but was told he was lucky that it was found when it was.
He said: "When you are only 36 and you get told you have a brain tumour, it is a big shock.
"The doctor said to me, 'we have found this tumour at the back of your head'. He said if I had not banged my head, they would never had found it.
"I am a very positive person and I am always upbeat.
"I had to tackle it head on."
The latest available figures for North Lincolnshire from UK Cancer Information Service (UKCIS), show that 11 people were diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2005, nine people in 2006, 10 people in 2007, five people in 2008 and nine people in 2009.
Mr Knapton had an operation in February 2009 to try to remove as much of the brain tumour as possible.
After this, he had a six-week course of radiotherapy every day, except at weekends, from March 2009 to May 2009.
This was to try to destroy the brain tumour.
For the next two years, the brain tumour remained the same, but in May 2011 there was a slight change.
This resulted in Mr Knapton having to have 13 cycles of chemotherapy.
After this, he was given a double-blast of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but in June this year he suffered another seizure.
Mr Knapton lost his driving licence.
He said: "That was the one thing that I couldn't get my head around."
Mr Knapton is now waiting on the results from his latest scan.
He said: "Whatever they say, you just have to take it as it comes."
Money raised from his 40th birthday party fundraiser at Forest Pines will go towards Brain Tumour UK.
Brain Tumour UK, the nations' brain tumour charity provides support, funds research and is devoted to improving the lives of everyone who is affected by a brain tumour.