The Wanted's Tom Parker has won praise for his documentary Inside My Head, which followed his journey after receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Tom was diagnosed with stage four glioblastoma – an inoperable brain tumour – in August last year, and the documentary gave an insight into how the diagnosis has affected the lives of him and his family.
Tom shares a son and a daughter with wife Kelsey, and he revealed some of the challenges they've faced: "I spent three months of last year just laying in that bed," he said. "There was just so much to contend with. You're not just dealing with cancer, you're dealing with how other people can treat you.
"There's so much running through my mind. I don't want people to treat me differently because I've got something."
The show also saw Tom receive positive news that his tumour had shrunk from his doctor and followed Tom as he prepared to reunite with his bandmates from The Wanted for a special show at The Royal Albert Hall in aid of Stand Up To Cancer, also featuring the likes of McFly, Liam Payne, Sigrid and Ed Sheeran.
Fans took to Twitter to praise Tom and his family, with one saying: "Tom Parker you and your family are so brave and strong. Hard watch after losing my mum to this but nice to see someone raising awareness to gbm #InsideMyHead".
Dancing on Ice's James Jordan shared a personal story and thanked Tom, saying: "Anyone else watching Tom Parker Inside my Head? What a wonderful man and family with such a positive outlook on life in the darkest of times. It’s a horrific disease and I think he’s an amazing human to raise more awareness to the same cancer that took my hero – DAD."
Here are some more responses fans had to the inspiring documentary:
I can’t imagine there’s a dry eye watching Tom Parker - Inside My Head but wow that family blow my mind, what a force
— h ོ (@hannahlord_) October 10, 2021
Such a strong person Tom Parker, his wife is incredibly supportive also. #insidemyhead
— RisingSon (@t_mandolorian) October 10, 2021
Tom Parker is such a down to earth and inspirational guy. It’s really made me realise that we need to make the most of life and stop sweating the small stuff. #InsideMyHead #SU2C pic.twitter.com/zPphB0RkwS
— Jamie Bolton (@JamieBolton) October 10, 2021
This Tom Parker programme is a tough watch. Certainly puts things into perspective.
— Luke Herbert (@lukeherbert) October 10, 2021
— David Gray (@DavidGray73) October 10, 2021
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