Many of us have either been this person or know someone who won’t visit a doctor even though they’re unhappy, in pain, or unwell. While the issue may occasionally resolve itself, more often than not it only gets worse and worse until it becomes a real emergency. This is the cause that 31-year-old British man Liam Griffiths, who is terminally sick, is currently advocating for. He feels that he may have survived his cancer, which is now terminal, if he had gotten treatment sooner. This is what he wants the world to know.
Liam’s Battle With Terminal Cancer
The 31-year-old Middlesborough, UK resident Liam Griffiths is presently fighting peritoneal cancer. This is an instance of cancer that impacts the stomach lining. Regretfully, Liam has been told that his cancer is terminal and that he may not have much time left to live, despite his heroic efforts to fight it.
Despite the seriousness of his circumstances, Liam is utilizing his knowledge to caution others against making the same error that he did. In an interview, he disclosed that he started having pains, vomiting, persistent constipation, and stomach enlargement in March of this year. He chose not to go to the doctor at the time despite these symptoms, though, because he worked for himself and could not afford to miss work.
You Don’t Have To ‘Man Up’
Liam’s symptoms kept getting worse until he was compelled to visit the hospital, when he was first given a Crohn’s Disease diagnosis. After a month, Liam received a follow-up call from the physicians, who informed him that, in fact, he had peritoneal cancer and would require chemotherapy to combat the illness. Liam’s cancer, however, has shown resistance to treatment, and he has now been told that his illness is fatal. Liam now pleaded with people to avoid making the same error he did, which was to put off getting help for their problems.
“I want to push this message because if just one or two people go to the hospital and get checked because of my mistake and my story, that would be amazing,” he said. “They found my cancer at stage three advanced – but if I had just gone to see the doctors earlier, maybe they could have caught it. I was self-employed, and I needed the money, so I just kept powering through. I did what I thought a man needed to do – I was manning up.”
Source: Liam Griffiths| Metro.co.uk
Raising Awareness For Others
Despite the difficult position that Liam finds himself in, he is using his situation to try to raise awareness about the importance of taking care of one’s health and to encourage others not to make the same mistake that he did. In fact, a fundraiser has been launched by Liam’s close friend, Eve Bannatyne, to help him raise money for his medical expenses. So far, the fundraiser has brought in over £18,000 in donations.
“I want to push this message because if just one or two people go to the hospital and get checked because of my mistake and my story that would be amazing.”
Liam’s story is a reminder of the importance of prioritizing one’s health and taking symptoms seriously. It can be all too easy to put off seeking medical attention, particularly if one is self-employed or concerned about missing out on wages, but as Liam’s experience shows, the consequences of delaying treatment can be severe.
Source: Liam Griffiths| Gazettelive.uk
The Most Common Signs of Cancer
There are many different kinds of cancer, and they all have signs and symptoms that are unique to them. That being said, some symptoms tend to be a common thread between all of them. According to Spotting Cancer.org, these are the seven most common signs of cancer (2):
- Lumps and masses underneath the skin
- Fatigue and weakness
- Unintended weight gain or loss
- Skin change
- Persistent cough or trouble breathing
- Unusual bleeding
- Bowel changes
Having regular medical check-ups, knowing your family history for cancer and disease, and paying attention to changes to your health, energy levels, and the other most common signs of cancer can help you to catch it earlier. The earlier you find cancer, the better the outcomes.
We wish Liam all the best in his battle against cancer and hope that his message helps to encourage others to take care of their health.