It all started when Martin Low discovered a small lump on his neck.
When the 21-year-old from Dundee found the apparently minor ailment, he had little idea of the devastating news that was in store for him.
Apart from losing a bit of weight and feeling a little tired, he had felt fine.
But within four weeks of the lump appearing, he had been diagnosed with cancer.
Now Martin is waiting for the final results of tests to find out exactly how far advanced and how far spread the cancer is.
But despite receiving the bombshell news about his health, Martin refuses to let it get him down.
Martin, who lives in the Nethergate, said: “I had no inkling that anything was seriously wrong.
“The waiting is the worst part, but I am keeping busy and positive.
“I won’t allow this to get me down and I just want to keep going pretty much as normal.
“I also want to tell anyone else who might be worrying about a lump they have found not to hang around but get to the doctor.
“There’s no need to be embarrassed or concerned — the sooner you get a diagnosis the better.”
Martin has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma — the same form as cancer which Megan Fletcher, the figurehead of the Tele’s Bald is Beautiful Campaign, was diagnosed with.
Like Megan, who is 14, Martin will have to undergo chemotherapy treatment.
However, for him this will take place at Ninewells Hospital, rather than Sick Kids in Edinburgh where Megan gets hers.
Martin, an office assistant with a medical device company in Dundee, said: “Megan has been so brave — she’s such a great inspiration for young people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
“I too feel very upbeat and hopeful about the future and like Megan want to give words of encouragement to anyone else who gets a cancer diagnosis.”
Martin first noticed the lump on his neck on a Saturday morning a few weeks ago.
He went to see his GP on the Monday morning and initially, his doctor wasn’t overly concerned either.
But by the end of that week the lump had grown even bigger and Martin went back to his GP for tests.
Within four weeks the diagnosis was made. Martin said: “It was a bit overwhelming and shocking to begin with, but now that I know what it is, I can begin to deal with it.
“I’m still waiting for the results of further scans. I know now that the cancer is in the other side of my neck as well and the tests will tell me if it has spread anywhere else in my body.
“When you first hear the word cancer it can be really scary but I think it is all about remaining positive.”
Martin said he continued to feel well and was prepared for the chemotherapy.
He said: “I’ve been told I will need at least six months of treatment but I don’t know beyond that at this stage.
“In the meantime I plan to keep working and keep life as normal as possible.”
Like Megan, Martin wants to raise money to help with cancer awareness.
And he had been supported by his mates in that goal.
Ritchie Higgins has organised a fundraising quiz night in aid of the Lymphoma Association on November 14 at The Downfield on Strathmartine Road.
“I want to do anything I can that helps,” said Martin.