Fitness instructor Daniel McShee battles back from brain tumour to help others
A CANCER survivor who has undergone five operations on his brain is beginning a new career as a fitness instructor – so he can help others like him get their life back on track.
For 15 years, 32-year-old Daniel McShee lived with a brain tumour.
But then it disappeared and he thought it had been removed from his life forever.
During his teenage years, he underwent four separate operations and a course of chemotherapy in an attempt to kill off the disease.
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But, unbeknown to him, the tumour survived and, when he turned 30, it grew larger.
Very quickly, it blinded him for two harrowing months, when he wondered if his sight would ever return.
Now, having finally bounced back from a fifth operation, which gave back his sight, the personal trainer from Cheltenham wants to show others with disabilities how staying active can lift their spirits.
The Pittville resident said: "I know how hard it can be. But I also know how getting out there and enjoying life and forgetting these hardships can help.
"My aim is to get people outside – to be fit, healthy and confident to enjoy life and gain the most from it."
Daniel's vision began to disappear while working in New Zealand on a farm.
He returned to the UK immediately for medical advice. Scans confirmed that a tumour was still living in his brain and was the route cause for his blindness.
"I have always been a positive person," he said.
"I have a strong family who have always been there for me, and I try to remain optimistic."
"But there have been some very hard times.
"Personally, I want to show people that it does get easier. By showing them how to remain positive, I can make life easier for them."
Having overcome physical limitations himself, Daniel believes his classes will give people reassurance that they too can overcome disability.
Two months into his training, he has been reassured it was the right move.
He added: "I have always had an interest in biology and how the body works, so it made sense for me to get my qualifications as a gym instructor.
"After my operation, I can't tell you how relieved I was when my sight returned.
"Now, I really think that, having been there before myself, I can help disabled people in Cheltenham get their confidence back, just like I had to."
Visit www.cheltenham-personal-trainer.co.uk to get in touch with Daniel.