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Mike’s getting ready to Cycle 274 Miles in August

A man living with the life-changing consequences of a brain tumour, after losing his mum to the same disease, is saddling up to take on Cycle 274 Miles in August.

Mike Palmer was diagnosed with a meningioma in 2015. He underwent surgery to remove the 6cm tumour and has been left with life-changing effects, including numbness down the left side of his body, cognitive fatigue and personality changes. Mike’s diagnosis came after his mum was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1989 and passed away.

Sharing his story in the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, Mike is hoping to raise awareness of this devastating disease.

He said: “The hidden effects of my brain tumour have had the biggest impact on my life. Cognitive fatigue strikes me with no notice. Some days I can’t get out of bed and struggle to be up, showered and dressed before 5pm. It’s like living with jet-lag. I also suffer with mood swings and, having previously been a calm and rational person, I am now quick to anger, get frustrated very easily and am living with depression.

“I am not a cyclist, but having been an active sportsman and keen rugby-player before my diagnosis, I have signed up to do Cycle 274 Miles in August to raise awareness and funds leading to better treatments and ultimately a cure for brain tumours.”

To support Mike with a donation, please visit his Facebook fundraiser.

There’s not long left to join Mike and sign up to our Cycle 274 Miles in August Challenge. Get out, enjoy the fresh air and raise vital funds to help find a cure for this devastating disease. Join our Facebook Group to find out more and sign up today.

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