‘Everyday a bonus’ for young Nottinghamshire man with terminal brain tumour

A 21-year-old man with a terminal brain tumour says ‘everyday is a bonus’ as he warned not to take life for granted.

James King was having “the worst headaches on the planet” before he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in August last year.

His aggressive tumour isn’t curable and he was told he could have up to 18 months left to live.

But a year on from the heartbreaking news, the determined young man, who lives in Worksop, said he takes “everyday as it comes”.

“I think that people think too much about what is going to happen in the future when they do not actually know what is going to happen tomorrow,” he said.

“I do not have a problem with that, but I just learned to take everyday as it comes. Everyday is a bonus.”

He lost his driving licence as a result of his health.

And he said: “That is one thing that I really miss in my life.

“I always loved driving – and now I know that I took my driving licence for granted big time.”

At the moment, Mr King is planning to restart his year at college after finishing an apprenticeship.

“I am just a normal person who happens to have cancer,” he said.

“It did not affect the relationship with my parents, it only made it stronger.

“It must be difficult for them but they have never told me – they keep it between them.”

It didn’t affect Mr King’s relationship with his girlfriend, either.

Mr King explained that there were still a few wishes on his bucket list that he would love to tick off.

“I have done most of the things I wanted to do in my life,” he said.

“My friend Nigel set up a fundraising page which raised over £20,000 – and that was for myself to do what I wanted.

“He took me to a truck and he hired the truck for one day and we drove cars – I just love cars.

“If all goes well, next November I could get my driving licence back.

“When I get my driving licence back, I want an Audi RS3 and first place I am going is to Germany, to the biggest racetrack in the world.

“And then after that I would fly to Ireland to the Guinness factory.”

Last year, friends of Mr King decided to take part in a charity head shave.

They raised thousands for Brain Tumour Research.

At the time, Matthew Price, community fundraising manager for the charity, said: “We were so sorry to learn about James’ diagnosis.

“Approximately 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour and, unlike most other cancers, incidences of and deaths from brain tumours are rising.

“We thank James’ friends sincerely for their amazing fundraising, which will help us continue our vital work to find a cure for this devastating disease.”

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