A plumber who thought he’d pulled a muscle in his neck was diagnosed with cancer.
Lewis Turnbull, 24, of South Shields, went to the doctor and was told to go straight to accident and emergency for blood tests in July last year.
It was then doctors gave Lewis and his girlfriend Philippa Gibbons, 22, the devastating news he had stage 2 Hodgkin Lymphoma Cancer.
Philippa, of East Boldon, Sunderland, said: “He works as a plumber and thought he’d just pulled a muscle at work.
“He went to the doctor who said there were no muscles in that area and we were sent straight to A&E for blood tests.
“He started chemotherapy a week later and has had 10 rounds of chemotherapy. We are waiting on the results of scans to see if the treatment has worked.
“Chemotherapy went really, really well and they are nearly 100% sure there is no cancer left.
“If there is a little bit left they will carry out radiotherapy. We were hoping to get the results before Christmas but I think it is going to be January 14.”
Philippa said there had been no obvious symptoms before Lewis’ diagnosis.
She said: “The doctor asked if he’d lost weight but Lewis had been on a diet as it was just before summer and everyone had been.
“He had itchy skin that turned out to be a symptom but we just thought it was dry skin on his leg.”
Philippa said the diagnosis during the pandemic had been difficult.
She said: “He has coped very well but it’s been a challenge mentally and physically on his body.
“Especially through getting diagnosed in a pandemic and not being able to leave the house due to being at high risk.”
Philippa normally works as a self employed makeup artist but due to the pandemic has been unable to work, instead she has been working night shift at Asda.
She said: “Because I was working in Asda and was in the shop with everyone I was worried about getting coronavirus as he was high risk. It was quite stressful but it has been okay so far.”
Now, Philippa has decided to put her stamina to the test and is running 50 miles in January to raise money for Lymphoma Cancer via GoFundMe.
She said: “I have done about 11.5 so far and I ran 5k yesterday and have just done another 5k.
“I might do more one day and less the next as I work night shift at Asda, so will see how I feel but I’m aiming to finish by the end of January.
“If I can watch Lewis go through what he has the past five months I thought I could push myself to my limits through fitness.
“I have raised £800 already which is amazing. There was an anonymous donation of £100 which I would love to thank the person for.
“I want to raise money for this charity for everyone who has been diagnosed or knows someone who has, the amazing work they do and to show my appreciation.”