Inspiring Anerley lecturer launches cancer podcast after brain tumour diagnosis

Martin Heaney, of Anerley, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November.
Martin Heaney, of Anerley, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in November.

AN INSPIRING lecturer from Anerley has launched a new podcast about living with cancer.

Martin Heaney, a lecturer at University of East London, was diagnosed with a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in November last year.

He decided to go to A&E as friends were concerned about changes in his behaviour after hitting his head.

The 61-year-old, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy, had a brain surgery few weeks after his diagnosis.

News Shopper: Martin
News Shopper: Martin

Martin

Martin is now navigating through his journey with the help of a podcast series called “Chatty guy talks cancer care and hope.

Martin said: “I thought I might just have been a bit concussed.

“I went to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London and, like a bolt out of the blue, that’s how I discovered I had a brain tumour.

“It all came as a complete shock, and it was pretty overwhelming to have to take in so much information in such a short space of time.”

News Shopper: Martin's Podcast
News Shopper: Martin’s Podcast

Martin’s Podcast

Martin suffers from seizures, fatigue, and a focal impairment which reduces his left-hand field of vision but considers himself “very fortunate and blessed.”

He added that his impairment is “very minimal compared to others.”

Martin explained: “I’m a person of faith, a liberal Catholic, and, although as a gay man that’s not always an easy thing to be.

“I find the podcast helps to keep me centered.

“It’s one of the subjects I discuss in my new podcast series.

“It’s a bit quirky but I decided I was just going to put myself out there and not be apologetic.

“It’s been well received by my friends and colleagues.”

Martin celebrates some of the inspirational people he has met and his positive experience of the NHS during the first episode of his podcast.

He also explores ways of telling friends and family about having a life-limiting illness.

He explained: “Yes, I have to rethink my life but I’m interested in the wider conversation around dealing with a life-constraining illness and the positives that can be found in that and making positive life choices.”

Martin is now keen to become an advocate in debates and research within the brain tumour community.

He is currently working with charity, Brain Tumour Research, to share his story.

Charlie Allsebrook, community development manager for Brain Tumour Research, said: “Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer yet.

“Historically just one per cent of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease.

“We’re determined to change this and are grateful for supporters like Martin who are willing to share their stories.

“This helps us raise awareness of brain tumours and the need for greater investment in research.”

In the UK, 16,000 people each year are diagnosed with a brain tumour, according to research.

The charity campaigns for the Government and the larger cancer charities to invest more research into brain tumours.

It aims to speed up new treatments for patients and find a cure.

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