'IT TOOK ME A WEEK TO STOP CRYING' after Getting the Devastating Diagnosis of a Brain Tumour Artist Phil Has Vowed to Fight the Disease and Plans to Marry His Fiancee Next Year

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'IT TOOK ME A WEEK TO STOP CRYING' after Getting the Devastating Diagnosis of a Brain Tumour Artist Phil Has Vowed to Fight the Disease and Plans to Marry His Fiancee Next Year


Byline: DARREN DEVINE Reporter darren.devine@walesonline.co.uk

AN ARTIST battling a gradethree brain tumour is planning his wedding next year - despite seeing his life "turned upside-down" following a seizure on Boxing Day.

Phil James plans to wed fiancee Nicola Love in April 2017 after proposing on his 30th birthday in mid January.

The 3D artist said surgery had seen 80% of the tumour removed from his brain but the other 20% has spread to his left motor cortex.

Phil said he had never asked medics about a long-term prognosis because he was focused on staying positive about his battle with cancer.

He has set up a GoFundMe page to raise cash for brain cancer research and started vlogging about his battle to beat his illness.

He says the online videos have become a "self-counselling" technique as well as a tool for raising awareness about brain cancer.

Phil, from Tallarn Green, Wrexham, said: "Obviously when I got the histology report [confirming brain cancer] that was absolutely devastating. It just turned my life upside-down.

"And I was very scared coming out of that [hospital] building - I puked. It took me a week to stop crying and that's when I started doing daily vlogs on YouTube about what I'm going through."

His problems began with the seizure he suffered in the early hours of Boxing Day. This was followed by doctors discovering a rare type of malignant tumour in his brain - an anaplastic astrocytoma.

The cancer is ranked between grades one and four, with four representing the condition at its most dangerous level.

Phil is now having chemotherapy and faces a wait of several months to discover whether the cancer that has spread to his left motor cortex also poses a threat. …

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