A postman who was drinking 10 liters of water a day for two years discovered his excessive thirst was being caused by a brain tumor.
Doctors initially thought 41-year-old Jonathan Plummer from Cornwall had diabetes, but appointments with his GP and a kidney specialist resulted in inconclusive test results. It wasn’t until a routine eye test revealed a mass, he was referred to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, for an MRI scan, and diagnosed with a brain tumor.
It was on his pituitary gland, which affects water retention. Jonathan underwent 30 rounds of intense radiotherapy.
Now cancer-free, Jonathan remains on life-long medication. He is doing a sponsored skydive to raise money for Brain Tumor Research.
Jonathan from Falmouth, said: “I felt a constant thirst that I could not 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 and I experienced extreme fatigue.
“I was devastated. The tumor 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 tumor in my brain.”
He was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor in 2002. Jonathan had steroid therapy which caused him to gain four stone – going from 12st to 18st.
Jonathan said: “I was always very active and played rugby and cricket weekly which is something I have never been able to return to. I took up running and swimming as non-contact exercise and have regained control of my weight.”
Jonathan has so far raised £380 ahead of the Jump For Hope at Perranporth Airfield in Cornwall. He has a Just Giving page here.
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 tumor diagnosis. His story reminds us that brain tumors 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.”