One man has found himself thankful for having a nagging wife. After developing what he thought was a simple bug bite, he’s grateful his persistent spouse forced him to go see the doctor, since he was horrified to discover it was something so much worse.
Brian Walker, 43, wasn’t concerned at all when he noticed a bump on one of his arms and dismissed it as a simple insect bite. However, his wife, Helen, 44, insisted he go to the doctor when the bump swelled, and she even went as far as to book him an appointment herself.
Initially, he thought his wife was being over-dramatic until the doctor sent him to a hospital in England and ordered several tests. Unfortunately, those test would reveal that the bump was actually a “rare inflammatory myofibroblastic tumor (IMT) — with only five cases recorded worldwide,” according to Daily Mail. In simple terms, he had an aggressive tumor.
While the family and the Daily Mail frequently refer to the tumor as “cancer,” it’s important to note that an IMT is usually benign tumor, meaning it’s not malignant. However, that didn’t stop this one from wreaking havoc on Brian’s body. Although these tumors usually follow a benign course, they can still be extremely invasive.
“IMT usually follows a benign clinical course after radical excision, but invasive, locally recurrent, and metastatic forms … have also been described.”
Brian was immediately scheduled for surgery to remove the protruding growth from his arm, which had continued to grow. The area had become red, weeping fluid, and was said to be the “size of a brain.” During the surgery, doctors discovered that the tumor was so large that they needed to cut out a chunk of his arm. They decided to cut away “at the huge tumor and the healthy muscle and skin tissue around it, leaving him with a gaping wound which they used tissue from his back to fill.”
As it turns out, it took months of recovery before Brian was able to return to work. However, he credits his wife for saving his life – a favor he will forever be grateful for.
“Some people complain if their wife nags them but going to that appointment had a big impact on my life,” Brian admitted. “I’m your typical truck driver, so just get on with things, but I don’t know where I’d be now if I hadn’t gone.”
Brian now admits that he first noticed a spot on his arm in January 2015, but he thought nothing of it. Luckily, he had Helen, who noticed that he needed a medical opinion.
“I’m very pleased I got him to go to the doctor,” Helen explained, according to The Sun. “He could have lost his arm if he hadn’t been treated. The point is you can’t just regard a lump as nothing. It should be checked out.”
The only way to make sure an abnormality is of no real concern is to swallow your pride and go get it checked out. We are only given one life. If it does happen to be something serious, it’s better to go early than to delay and potentially limit your lifespan. If not for yourself, do it for the ones you love.