Tom Parker has said he refuses to ‘feel sorry for himself’ while bravely fighting a terminal brain tumor.
The Wanted star, 32, who was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in September 2020, took to his Instagram story on Sunday to give his fans an update on his state of mind.
He said that although he has times of “overwhelming grief,” he finds no strength in grief and is determined to keep his “head up.”
‘I find no strength in grief’: Tom Parker, who was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma in September 2020, said he refuses to ‘feel sorry for himself’
He wrote: ‘If you think I was just sitting at home feeling sorry for myself … I won’t!
‘Don’t get me wrong, I could do that easily. There are times of overwhelming grief, but I find no strength in grief.
“It’s a terrible situation, but I’m moving forward with my head held high.
Thank you all for the love and support. I’ll give you an update later on how the treatment is going ‘(sic).
Family: The former boy band member is the father of two children to daughter Aurelia, 17 months, and son Bodhi, five months, and shares his young children with wife Kelsey, 30 (pictured)
Positive mindset: The Wanted star, 32, took to his Instagram story on Sunday to give his fans an update on his state of mind and said he is determined to keep his ‘head up’
Tom’s update on his positive mindset comes as he continues to battle a terminal brain tumor after being diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma last year.
He is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has confirmed that he is “responding well” to the treatment and that his tumor has shrunk “significantly”.
He recently spoke of his grief when he learned of the death of Ashley Cain’s eight-month-old daughter, Azaylia, after her brave battle with leukemia.
Ashley, 30, announced on social media last Sunday the tragic news that he had lost his daughter to cancer.
After the news of her death, Tom took to Instagram to admit that he was sure little Azaylia would have gotten through.
The father of two shared a video of him looking broken, saying on his Instagram story, ‘I can’t even go on Instagram today. I’m so sad.
‘I thought little Azaylia would do it. I thought she would make it. It shouldn’t happen to kids. It shouldn’t happen to anyone. ‘
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The hitmaker from Glad You Came fathered two children to daughter Aurelia, 17 months, and son Bodhi, and shares his young children with wife Kelsey, 30.
Kelsey recently revealed that the couple’s children are too young to understand ‘just how sick their father really is’.
During a performance on Loose Women earlier this month, she said, “ I just don’t think they really know Dad is sick right now. When Tom goes to treatment, he is free or he goes to work or wherever he goes.
So to them they don’t really know how sick their dad really is. They are doing so well, the kids. We are all doing very well. ‘
Fight: Brave musician is currently receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy and has confirmed that he is ‘responding well’ to treatment and that his tumor has shrunk ‘significantly’
Despite Tom’s shock diagnosis, Kelsey said things are going “very well” after the family was delighted to learn that the tumor had “significantly reduced” in January.
She explained: ‘Tom is doing very well. We had a meeting last Thursday and he just had a stable scan again so he’s doing so well.
‘We have only just started our second round [of chemotherapy], so we’ve had radio and chemo, we’ve had a little break because he had a bit of an unreliable liver, and now we’re just getting into the second round of chemo.
‘The tumor has shrunk, we’ve had a significant reduction. We were all in tears when we got that news in January.
“We just couldn’t believe he’d had radio and chemo and then a significant reduction. We were all so overwhelmed. ‘
Family: Despite Tom’s shock diagnosis, his wife Kelsey said things are going ‘very well’ after the family was delighted to learn that the tumor had ‘significantly reduced’ in January