For two years, Jonathan Plummer experienced a constant thirst that resulted in him drinking up to 10 litres of water every day.
Doctors initially thought the 41-year-old had diabetes, but appointments with his GP and a kidney specialist revealed inconclusive test results.
Jonathan, from Falmouth, Cornwall, said: ‘I felt a constant thirst that I couldn’t quench and got to the point where I was passing as much water as I was drinking.
‘It was an awful time which caused me to miss days of work at a time – plus I experienced extreme fatigue.’
It wasn’t until a routine eye test revealed a mass on Jonathan’s brain and he was referred for an MRI at Derriford Hospital.
Results showed a brain tumour on his pituitary gland – which was impacting his water retention.
The postman added: ‘I was devastated. The tumour was growing on my pituitary gland – which was causing my need to drink water all the time – and many other “spots” on my brain.
‘An operation wasn’t an option so I was placed on steroids to help with the pressure of the tumour in my brain.’
Jonathan underwent 30 rounds of intense radiotherapy and steroid therapy before being told that he was cancer-free – but he will remain on medication for the rest of his life.
Now, he’s taking part in a sponsored skydive to raise money for Brain Tumour Research.
Mel Tiley, community development manager at the charity, said: ‘We’re grateful to Jonathan for sharing his story and it’s wonderful to hear how he has found positivity after his brain tumour diagnosis.
‘His story reminds us that brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age.
‘We’re determined to change this but it’s only by working together that we will be able to improve treatment options for patients and, ultimately, find a cure.’
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