Healthy bloke who thought he pulled muscle at gym diagnosed with terminal cancer

A fit and healthy man who thought he had pulled a muscle at the gym has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Gareth Emmerson was told by doctors his back pain was probably caused by a pulled muscle.

The 28-year-old was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer seven years ago.

At the age of 21 in 2014, the Liverpool FC fan was told he has Ewing's Sarcoma.

Gareth, who is originally from Shropshire, was a regular gym goer and believed his pain was a minor injury.

He said: "I was suffering with a bad back after what I thought was a pulled muscle for about three months.

"I was putting a brave young man face on it thinking I'd pulled my back at the gym and that it would sort itself out.

"It just kept getting progressively worse until I couldn't take the pain any more."

A trip to see his GP because of the pain the doctor agreed and thought it was a pulled muscle in his lower back which put his mind at rest.

However, the pain got progressively worse and at one point was so bad he went to A&E, reports Echo.

He was given strong pain killers and booked in for an MRI scan the next day.

Further tests followed by more scans revealed that the pain in Gareth's lower back was in fact a tumour the size of two tennis balls.

He said: "In all honesty when doctors told me it was just a pulled muscle or slipped disc I believed it as well.

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"What 21-year-old has a cancer? it's not the first thing that comes into your mind.

"It's such a rare thing to have cancer in young people and this type of cancer is even rarer."

Gareth was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that affects bones or the tissue around bones.

Over the last seven years, courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy helped to destroy the cancer but it kept on coming back.

In November 2020, Gareth was given the devastating news that the cancer had returned for a fourth time and was now in his lymph nodes, lungs, and brain.

He was told by his oncologist that currently there is no cure for his type of cancer, and at some point the chemotherapy that has kept it at bay will stop working.

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Gareth underwent brain surgery in November to remove the largest tumour and is currently being treated with chemotherapy.

After his diagnosis, he drew up a bucket list of things he wanted to do.

One of his dreams has already been fulfilled when he watched Liverpool FC winning the Premier League in his lifetime.

The pandemic has put travelling to his dream destinations on hold, but this summer as part of the list he plans to marry fiancé Zoe and complete a 1,000 mile cycle trip from Land's End to John O'Groats while undergoing chemotherapy to raise money for Sarcoma UK.

Gareth will be documenting his trip on his Instagram page gaz_emmerson

If you want to donate towards Gareth's fundraiser for Sarcoma UK you can do so on his page by clicking here.

Gareth said: "The training is hard but it's going well. I'm currently training around my chemotherapy sessions

"The chemo makes you tired and makes you sick but I think there's a bigger picture and I'm able to see what I can achieve here.

"The whole reason I'm doing this is to try and shine a light on Sarcoma as compared to other cancers it's not well funded.

"The front line treatments developed for it are 40-years-old which is shocking really."

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