A British father of four was convinced his faithful wife of three years was cheating on him – but his paranoia turned out to be a symptom of a deadly brain tumour.
Andy Hampton, 54, not only grew distant from his wife Gemma, 37, he also displayed an unusual disinterest in his family and became forgetful.
“Shortly after Henley was born, I noticed big changes in Andy’s personality.” Gemma told SWNS about her son who was born in May 2022.
“I would ask Andy to change Henleys [diaper]to which he said he had a headache and I had to do it,” she continued.
At first, Gemma believed her husband was struggling to adjust to the new dynamics of their growing family, but the behavior continued to deteriorate.
Gemma said it felt like her husband wasn’t even “listening” to her anymore.
“Because I kept pointing things out to him that he was doing wrong, his paranoia led him to believe things that weren’t true,” she explained.
“He kept saying he knew it was all in his head but he couldn’t stop the thoughts.
In May 2023, according to Gemma, Andy was “going all over the place” and he was becoming increasingly confused.
The “last straw” that broke the camel’s back came when he couldn’t figure out how to put the duvet cover back on the bed, which set off alarm bells for Gemma.
She took him to a doctor who diagnosed Andy with glioblastoma, a cancerous and aggressive brain tumor American Brain Cancer Association (ABTA).
Glioblastomas can lead to behavioral changes according to ABTAresulting in psychiatric symptoms such as delusions and confusion that may explain Andy’s actions.
On May 31, Andy underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissue and began six weeks of combined radiation and chemotherapy.
“Immediately after the surgery, Andy’s mood changed and his personality resembled old Andy,” Gemma told SWNS.
“We felt better knowing that something was to blame for Andy’s behavior and that it wasn’t our marriage that was failing.”
Now the couple is focused on fighting cancer and making Andy feel better.
While undergoing a second round of chemotherapy, Andy has signed up for a sponsored walk Raise money for brain tumor researcha British charity dedicated to finding a cure for brain cancer.
Gemma said Andy has always been “an active person” but his treatment is making him extremely tired and the walk could become a challenge.
Mel Tiley, Community Development Manager for Brain Tumor Research, noted that Andy’s story is a “powerful reminder” of the “random nature of brain tumors” as the disease can strike anyone at any time.
“It kills more men under the age of 70 than prostate cancer, yet since records began in 2002, only 1% of national cancer research spending has gone to this devastating disease,” Tiley told SWNS.
“We are committed to changing this, but only by working together can we improve the treatment options for patients and ultimately find a cure.”