A student who eyes kept watering says he saw four private doctors before the symptoms were diagnosed – as a rare and life-threatening form of cancer.
Jack Morgan said he was reassured by several medica there was nothing wrong with him after his eye bizarrely started watering.
He said it was not until his fourth paid appointment that his deadly tumour was diagnosed.
The 21-year-old said if he had not been so determined something was wrong with him, and sought several opinions from top consultants, in Bristol and London, then he would not be here today.
A scan revealed the Bristol University student had Stage 3 undifferentiated carcinoma – a rare form of cancer
But he said he remained positive throughout that he would beat it.
Jack first realised something was wrong while on holiday in Mexico when his eye began watering and he started feeling a pain near his nose.
After returning home, he saw a consultant in Bristol who assured him it was nothing to worry about.
Unconvinced, Jack decided to travel to London where he saw three more doctors who all said the same.
He then went to see a fourth paid specialist where the cancer was identified instantly and within a week he had started treatment.
“I knew my body and I knew something wasn’t right,” said Jack.
“I never wanted to use the word cancer. I kept saying ‘I’m not well’ or I’m going to beat ‘it’ but I couldn’t say cancer at the start.
“The problem is it had no defining characteristics. The only noticeable thing was my leaking tear duct.”
While Jack endured the gruelling weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, he decided to begin uFrom this, he realised there was a huge community of people who wanted to share their experience battling cancer.
And the inspiring university student then decided to set up an app dedicated to cancer patients, survivors and care givers called Cnected.
The app is free to download and hundreds of people have already signed up.
He said: “Over the past few months, through my Instagram page I connected with many cancer patients, survivors and family members of patients.
”I realised how powerful and beneficial social media can be, so I decided to set up a dedicated platform for the cancer community.
“I wanted to get people talking and for them not to shy away from telling their stories.
“I know a lot of people can be embarrassed as you’re looking and feeling you’re absolute worse. You have no hair, you’re pale.
“It’s also for people living with the aftermath of it all. It’s a lot like PDSD because you’ve been through a near death experience.
“The more organisations, survivors, patients, carers, family members and friends I bring together the greater the benefit for us all.”
Children with Cancer and Bowel & Cancer is supporting the new app, Jason Rigby, who works as the head of fundraising for the charity, said: “A diagnosis of cancer is a life-changing experience.
“Living with this diagnosis for the individual, their family, friends and colleagues is one of the hardest things anyone will ever have to do. Joining a community of people who, from experience, know what this is like could make such a difference to people’s wellbeing while dealing with the disease.
“We hope that Cnected will prove to be a vital resource for anyone diagnosed with cancer, their loved ones, friends and colleagues.”