Man dies three months after finding pea-sized lump on his neck

By Benjamin Roberts-haslam

A man was given three months to live after pea-sized lump grew to the size of a fist in just seven days.

Mick Maguire went to the hospital three times with his wife before they found a lump the size of a "petit pois pea".

The 57-year-old then returned a week later where the lump had grown to the size of a fist, this was when he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and was given just three months to live.

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His wife of nine years, Fiona Maguire, 60, told the ECHO : "My husband started to get ill so I got him into hospital who said there was nothing wrong. It happened again the following couple of days and, after the third time in the hospital, they said it was a very, very small lump.

Fiona and Mick Hughes during the last three months of Mick's life. He was a big Star Trek fan (Mcmillan Cancer Support)

"Then, by the time we got to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital for his scan, then Broadgreen Hospital for the results, it had gone from a tiny lump no bigger than the size of a petit pois pea to the size of a fist in the space of seven days.

"We then found out it was stage four lung cancer and he had to go for palliative chemotherapy. He couldn't be operated on. It was too lose to his heart, too close to his lungs and it was growing too fast.

"They gave him about three months if he had the chemo, which made him very ill, and unfortunately the last month he had he were in and out of hospice and hospital.

"We then sat down to discuss how we were going to raise money for Macmillan and Queenscourt hospice who were looking after him. I stupidly said that I'll have my head shaved."

Mick was diagnosed at the end of April. The medically retired civil servant then died on August 14.

It was on August 31, when Mick was cremated, that Fiona shaved her head to raise money for Macmillan and Queenscourt Hospice at the after party.

Fiona, from Ormskirk, said: "I literally just got the three months with him before he passed away but in the meantime we had made plans, organised things, sorted out what his funeral would be like.

"I agreed to do his eulogy and have my head shaved, not at his wake, he wasn't having a wake, it was at his after party."

Mick was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in his 30s and was medically retired from then, with Fiona saying he "touched a lot of people's lives".

She told the ECHO: "He was one in a million. He didn't think he touched people's lives but he touched a lot of people's lives.

Mick Maguire was given three months to live after finding lump no bigger than a "petit pois pea" (Mcmillan Cancer Support)

"We have a few friends who have children that've got Asperger's and of course they got on well with him because he knew how to behave with them, he knew what the problems were that set them off.

"He was just fabulous. He learnt to live a normal life with a wife which he thought he'd never do. He pushed himself. That's what I loved about him so much.

"He was amazing. He is going to be sorely missed. I have plans that we agreed on that I'm going to carry on and do."

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