Dad’s week-long ‘hangover’ headache was really an inoperable brain tumour

A man who thought he was struggling with a headache from a 'hangover' was later diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Mark Brandish initially laughed off the pain in his head as a sign he was unable to "handle his gin" any more, but his condition deteriorated rapidly after he first complained of a headache in April 2021.

In early June, doctors found the 52-year-old had glioblastoma, the illness The Wanted singer Tom Parker died from earlier this year aged 33.

Mark's wife Felicity said the diagnosis also followed unusual personality changes, North Wales Live reports.

She said: "Literally a month before his diagnosis, Mark was running up a really steep local hill and telling me how he was as fit as a 22-year-old according to his watch.

"He's always been quite active so it's unbelievable that within the space of a month he went downhill so rapidly.

"He started with a headache on a Saturday in April. We both just laughed it off as him getting on a bit and not being able to handle his gin anymore. He still had the headache which lasted all of the following week."

Mark, from Flintshire in North Wales, had hoped the problem would fix itself in time. It was even suggested he may be suffering with a migraine when he went for his Covid-19 vaccine, until more concerning signs started to appear.

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The mum-of-three said her concerns grew as her husband would sometimes stop talking mid-sentence. After a call to the doctors she went with Mark to A&E, where a CT scan revealed a tumour.

In the months that followed, Mark underwent a course of radiotherapy and is currently receiving chemotherapy.

The family now want to help fund research to find a cure for this disease that Felicity says "takes people from us far too soon".

Felicity and a team of friends and supporters will push Mark in his wheelchair along the 13-mile course of Chester Half Marathon to raise funds.

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