Her mother, whose son died at just 20, says his tattooist was the first to discover a symptom of his illness.
Tom Linton, of Chester Low Street, County Durham, was “over the moon” to be signed on his 18th birthday.
The artist had warned him not to get by mole On his arm he checked but didn’t think about it.
He never mentioned it to his mom, Amanda Linton, until he was diagnosed with advanced skin cancer One of the deadliest types of melanoma at the age of 19.
Amanda, 48, watched her “beloved” and “beloved” child die months later in May, just after his 20th birthday.
A mother of two told Chronicle Live, “No one had anything bad to say about him. He touched the hearts of everyone who met him.”
“He was just someone everyone loved and once I was with Tom, I felt so much better.”
Remembering how it all went, Amanda said, “For his 18th birthday, he wanted this tattoo, I was a bit against him but he wanted a half sleeve.
“The mole was on the inside of his arm and the tattoo artist said to Tom, ‘I’ll check it out.'”
“Tom never mentioned it to me, he was 18 and was over the moon with that tattoo, and the mole was the least of his worries.”
Tom, who used to work at Lloyds Bank and was studying at Northumbria University, started feeling unwell at the end of 2019.
was losing weight – A major sign of cancer – He had “blue spots” on his chest.
Doctors said they had “never seen anything like this” when Tom was taken to A&E after experiencing chest pain.
Even though Tom was sent for checkups, he went back and forth to the doctors with no answers to what was wrong.
In the end, Tom collapsed while bowling with his friends and was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Amanda said she had a “horrible feeling” that something was going to happen before he left because “it wasn’t feeling well.”
When I asked him about the mole he said, “Mom, I didn’t really think it was as bad as this.”
Amanda said: “The doctors said they would scan him and I knew something wasn’t right.
“He was checked again and that was when they found out there was cancer in his liver, kidneys and lungs.”
When doctors investigated to find out the main cause of his cancer, they discovered that he had skin cancer.
skin cancer skin cancer It is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, diagnosed in about 16,000 people each year and causing 2,300 deaths.
Although it is usually seen in the elderly, about one in four cases is diagnosed in people younger than 50, and it’s rarely diagnosed under age 30.
the The most common signs of melanoma It is the appearance of a new mole or a change in an existing mole. Some can develop over many years.
The photos show that Tom’s mole, the same color indicated by the tattoo artist, is a deep dark color.
“I was rubbing his arm because he was in pain and I noticed a mole on his arm,” Amanda said.
“The doctor said he thought it definitely came from that mole.
When I asked him about the mole he said, ‘Mom, I didn’t really think it was as bad as this.
“Cancer would be the last thing a little boy would think of.
“Tom told me he had never heard of skin cancer, and he didn’t know anything about it.”
After Tom was diagnosed in January 2020, his condition quickly deteriorated in front of his family – Amanda, father of Stephen, 50, and twin sister Hannah, 21.
“Everything was against him, the treatment was making him really okay,” Amanda said.
“He lost his sight in one eye and the sight in the other wasn’t great and he was really frustrated.
“He just said, ‘I want to go home to die, I want to be with Mom and Dad and Hannah.'”
In March 2020, medics said they did not expect him to survive another weekend.
With the UK in its first Covid lockdown, his friends and girlfriend were unable to visit him at the time.
The family got another six weeks with Tom until his death.
They are now granting his dying wish – “that no one else go through” what he did, and to raise awareness of skin cancer.
Together with charity melanomathe family organizes a “Tom Festival” to be held on May 28 at Tom’s School, Parkview School, with bands, appreciation acts, and food stalls.
Charity founder Keri Rafferty, who was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 37, said: ‘Tom has never gone to the sunbeds and Amanda has been lathering him in sun cream, they have always been very careful.
“He never got sunburned, he was never on a sunbed, he did everything right.
“I don’t think people realize that you can be born with melanoma, it can be passed on from the parents and that is the case It’s not always caused by the sun.
“It is very heartbreaking what his family is going through. His sister has to live without her brother.
“But I feel really fortunate that I can help in some way.”
Tom’s Fest tickets It will cost £20. The charity is also looking for sponsors for this event. Anyone interested should send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABCDE checklist to see if you need to see a doctor about skin cancer
We all have moles and we know that changes to them could indicate something serious.
If you are not sure whether or not you need to see a doctor, you can use the ABCDE checklist to help you tell the difference between a normal mole and possible cancerous.
- a Asymmetry – the two halves of the area may differ in shape or color
- B Borders – the edges of the area may be irregular or blurred, and sometimes cracks appear
- c Color – This may be uneven. Several different shades of black, brown and pink can be seen
- Dr Diameter – most melanomas are at least 6 mm in diameter. Report any change in size, shape or diameter to your doctor
- e – development – If you see gradual changes in sizeor shape or color over the course of weeks or a few months, you should seek expert help