A young man suffering a clogged nose was told by doctors it was hayfever only for it to turn out to be terminal CANCER.
Wind turbine technician Aaron Winstanley, 28, is currently in hospital and fighting for his life against a mystery infection.
Doctors are unable to tell him how much time he has left.
Aaron initially started suffering with sinus and congestion problems in February last year.
He voiced his concerns to his doctor that he may have cancer after feeling like there was something blocking his face but was told he was “too young” to have the condition.
He was instead put on a course of steroids, antibiotics and antihistamines in a bid to rid him of his symptoms.
However he found himself back before doctors in July after going blind in one eye and losing his hearing on the right side of his face.
Still, doctors repeated that Aaron, of Barton upon Humber, Lincolnshire, shouldn’t worry about having cancer.
But his worst fears came to pass a few weeks later in August when the resulting tests showed he had malignant tumour Rhabdomyosarcoma in his face.
He has since spent the last few months going through exhausting bouts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in hospital to fight the Rhabdomyosarcoma, with girlfriend Saraya Gallagher, 24, questioning how it hadn’t been spotted earlier.
She said: “He was told all kinds of things to begin with – they thought he had chronic sinusitis or hayfever.
“Aaron thought he had cancer but was told he was too young.
“Even when he lost his sight, they said ‘you’re too young’.
“It didn’t come as a shock to him when he was told as he always thought he had cancer but you would expect a doctor to have been able to tell sooner.”
Saraya was quick to reveal her pride over Aaron’s determination to not give up the fight however, despite having to go through the painful treatments.
She said: “As far as we are concerned people defy the odds so why can’t he?
“He always asks me ‘can you still believe in me? Can I beat this?’
“There is no other way for us to be.
“It’s all 100 per cent positive and trying to control it as much as we can.
“It’s unbelievable how he has been.
“No matter how awful he is, he is still always making the rest of us laugh and he has still got that personality and sense of humour even when he is in hospital.
“He doesn’t know how amazing he is.”
During the next week, he will have to decide whether to take up the treatment, which may not have any effect at all, or instead choose to enjoy the rest of his life away from the hospital.
Saraya said: “We don’t really feel we are at the bucket list point but we are hoping that when he comes home in a few weeks’ time we will be able to have some fun.
“We really want to do something together.
“Maybe go on holiday somewhere in this country and do something that he wants to do.”
In order to support keen cyclist Aaron during his cancer battle, work colleagues from Siemens organised a sponsored bike ride from Southport, in Merseyside, and Hornsea, Yorkshire.
Just under £10,000 has been raised so far, in a bid to help support Aaron’s treatment, with work mate Dave Carrington expressing his amazement at how his friend had reacted to his condition.
He said: “It’s absolutely no age at all.
“It beguiles me how he’s managed to keep his demeanour because if it was me it would have sent me on a downward spiral.
“But he said that he didn’t want to be mollycuddled.
“He said ‘treat me as you have done’ so I continue to take the mickey out of him.
“He is always a good laugh and he is your typical, salt of the earth type of guy.”