A dad diagnosed with an incurable tumour has shared a song he wrote six months earlier – unaware how tragically true it would turn out to be.
Paul Fisher, 50, penned lyrics to a track called Unsure Road after being struck by inspiration.
Although he'd been in bands before, it was the first time he had written down lyrics.
But the lyrics are now sadly poignant, Cambridgeshire Live reports .
When he was finished he sent it to his wife, Jane, who was shocked to receive it.
"He just wrote down some lyrics to a song for the first time and sent them to me," she remembers. "It was very unexpected, and the lyrics were very bleak."
The song, titled 'Unsure Road', include the lines "It's a one way ticket" and "rocky road you're breaking my bones."
Then, half a year later, in August 2019, Paul had an unexpected seizure.
“At the time I thought it was weird, but I forgot about it, until after his seizure," Jane continues. "When he was in the hospital bed recovering, he asked me if I still had the lyrics he’d sent me, as he felt he’d had a premonition about being diagnosed with a terminal illness, and that’s what the song was about."
In October 2019, Paul's worst fears chillingly became reality. He was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer – glioblastoma multiforme – and given only a maximum of 12 months to live. This form of brain cancer currently has no cure, and he was given between two and 12 months to live upon being diagnosed.
Jane remembers the moment the family's lives were turned upside down: “In August he went to work and called our oldest son to tell him he didn’t feel well and couldn’t drive. So our son went there, and he found there was something wrong and that I needed to pick him up.
“As we were driving to Addenbrooke’s, he had a seizure in my car, and a scan showed he had a brain tumour. An operation in October removed two separate tumours, but that’s when they told us it was incurable, and all chemotherapy and radiotherapy could do was slow down growth.
“He finished three weeks of radiotherapy recently, which was the end of his treatment, but it’s already starting to grow back. We just don’t know how much by until we go back for an MRI scan in March.
“It’s completely devastating. Our world has completely changed, and he’s still not functioning – he’s had further seizures, and he struggles to the use the phone. But he’s staying positive, and he’s fighting every day”.
Now his family and friends are all pulling together to make something positive from this terrible news, with several planned fundraisers for Macmillan.
Jane wants the song to raise money for a good cause, and for Paul's story to be heard: "He didn’t think it was good enough to make a record, but our friends Chris Newman and Stella Hensley thought it was, so they wrote some music to it. Now we want it to go viral for Paul, and all sales and radio play royalties will go to Macmillan.”
Over the next few months, “TeamFish” will be putting on a charity concert, and will be completing the Macmillan Mighty Hike down the River Thames in July.
In addition to this, the charity single Unsure Road will be released to raise money.
To donate to the TeamFish fundraiser for Macmillan, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/teamfish2020 .
You can listen to the full song here .
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