Johnny Ruffo has revealed his malignant brain tumor was originally misdiagnosed as depression.
Speaking with The Project’s Carrie Bickmore, the former Home and Away star said his GP told him his symptoms resembled that of a mental illness.
“I’d even gone to the doctor, and the doctor said ‘You know, all the symptoms seems like depression,” the 29-year-old said.
It was only after Johnny presented himself to hospital one night after suffering an intense migraine that doctors discovered the tumor.
"After having found the tumor, the neurosurgeon said, 'No, no, it's not depression at all, it was because there was so much pressure being put on your brain, it was causing all these different symptoms'," he said.
During the chat Johnny also revealed if he hadn’t gone to hospital when he did he would’ve died during the night.
"The surgeon said if I hadn't gone to the hospital that night I would have died in my sleep that night," he told Carrie. "It's just sheer luck that I went in when I did."
Th singer and actor said he was been suffering from migraines for years, but put them down to being young and possibly having too much fun.
"Anything that may have been a symptom I just put down to normal life," he admitted.
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However, the night he was rushed to hospital in early August he explained his sentences were all jumbled up and he wasn't making any sense.
Even the doctors thought it was just a migraine too but after Johnny slipped into a coma, his tumour was discovered and he was rushed to surgery.
Only 95 per cent of it was removed because it was “too close to some nerves”.
"Fingers crossed by the end of six months of chemo that I'm in the clear," Johnny said.
Johnny is now undergoing radiation treatment for six weeks, and will then have a four-week break before a six-month stint of chemotherapy.