A man who thought his 'watery eye' was just a blocked tear duct was devastated to learn the truth.
Graeme Heward saw doctors for months about his eye issues and pressure in his sinus which they believed to be Dry Eye and a blocked tear duct.
But Graame actually had an "alien" growing in his face.
The 58-year-old was finally diagnosed with cancer of the nasal lining in 2010 - after suffering with his symptoms for almost eight months.
He quickly dubbed the a large tumour The Alien - with the subsequent treatments causing significant damage to his face.
Graeme told the Liverpool ECHO : "I wasn't feeling unwell and I didn't suffer any weight loss, it all started with the watery eye.
"When the tumour was discovered, I could actually see the mass up my nose, but doctors originally believed it was benign.
"Later hearing the tumour was cancer was devastating."
Graeme began calling his tumour "The Alien" because he struggled to say that he had cancer.
He said: "It was too painful to admit I had cancer. I was embarrassed for some reason, so I called it The Alien.
"It was unwanted and unwelcome and it invaded my life."
Since his diagnosis Graeme has undergone almost 30 surgeries, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, which cost him his right eye and left him struggling to breathe .
To cover the hole in his face, Graeme has skin and muscle grafted from his thigh before having a prosthetic eye fitted in 2018 and then a prosthetic nose, meaning he can now breathe properly again without pain and even wear his glasses.
Eventually two years ago Graeme’s treatment options were reduced to palliative chemotherapy only.
Graeme realised that he would die quicker if he didn't make drastic changes to his life.
Talking about the changes he made, the father-of-two, who works as a physio, said: "When I started looking into what I could do, I discovered around 50 changes I could make to my life to keep myself healthy.
"I changed my diet, reduced stress in my life, limited my exposure to chemicals, to name just a few.
"I have always been fit and healthy as I work as a physiotherapist but I've never been as healthy as I am now."
The changes Graeme made coincided with the opening of Maggie’s centre in Manchester where Graeme has been receiving help through their facilities.
Graeme told the ECHO: "The ethos of these centres is perhaps best summed up in a quote from their founder Maggie Keswick Jones ‘Above all what matters is not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying’ which is a concept I now embody in my daily life."
And despite being placed on palliative care, Graeme has just begun a 1,000 mile bike ride to raise money for the centres that gave him back the joy of living.
Having already raised almost £5,000, Graeme says that part of the ride is also to raise awareness of the centres.
He said: "I am surrounded by incredible people who have helped me go through this, including my amazing partner Leslie.
"But I have also received so much support from Maggie's and I just want to help them in any way I can.
"A lot of people don't know what Maggie's is and hopefully they will never need to use their services but I just want to help them in any way I can."
Graeme will spend the next two weeks cycling from Swansea to Inverness, stopping at each Maggie's Centre on his way across the country.