A father who drank six tondas a day found a tumor ‘snooker ball size’ on his neck after losing three stones.
Billy Meyer Head weighed 21.6 pounds, but he was fed up with people calling him obese and worried about the effects on his health. .
57 years old, from WagonAt the time, he was living an ‘unhealthy lifestyle’, drinking alcohol daily and echoing on packets of crackers, he said.
But after joining the slimming world, Billy lost three stones – a decision he says saved his life.
Billy told the Liverpool ECHO “I was 21 and a half years old when I joined the slimming world. I lost three stones and I thought, ‘Oh, my face is getting thinner.’
“The moment I felt the lump on my neck but I didn’t think of it because it was a lump without pain.
“My wife was sitting there one night, we were watching something on the tele and she said to me ‘You don’t have a lump?’
“I said it’s on my neck. It was pretty much the size of a snooker ball.”
The cat’s wife, Julie, asked him to see a doctor immediately so that the lump could be examined soon and he was soon referred to specialists for further examination.
In December 2019, the cat was diagnosed with a type of squamous cell carcinoma called stage four tonsil cancer, which spread to its lymph nodes.
“I had my biopsy and it came back that I had stage four cancer and it went into my lymph nodes. I was very lucky it didn’t go into my organs,” he said.
“I’m not soft, I don’t cry. I’m 6 feet 3 and I’m really quite a fisherman but I just filled up. I didn’t have one because I didn’t expect it.
“I was at work and I said ‘I’m just going for this appointment’ but I obviously didn’t go back to work and they did more checks after that.”
Billy spent the following month in intensive care at the Clutterbridge Cancer Center, which included seven weeks of radiotherapy and three cycles of chemotherapy.
It was made clear in July 2020 and he is now celebrating 12 months of cancer free.
Billy said: “I don’t really think my psychiatrist thought I was going to make it. When he told me I was perfectly clean, you miraculously recovered. ۔ ‘
“I kept this lump for so long and I didn’t even know it. I had a very greasy face and that’s when I lost weight and I got it.
“I’m very active now and I go out a lot and I just enjoy being with my family and grandchildren every day.
“It forces you to take care of yourself and I occasionally drink alcohol which is mainly on weekends.
“It’s very painful when you’re going for treatment – I don’t want that for anyone.
“You can’t swallow, you can’t eat, you have to be fed through a tube. I don’t want to go down this road again.”