A 16-year-old was misdiagnosed with the flu, only to later find out he had late-stage cancer and the fight of his life ahead of him.
After nearly two months of weakness, shortness of breath and chest pain that doctors said were symptoms of the virus, Hunter Brady was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma.
The teen from Tampa Bay, Florida, had likely been living with the slow-progressing but deadly disease for months, and now is facing not only cancer, but cyber-bullying over his diagnosis.
Had he gone any longer without treatment, his lungs would have continued to collapse and fill up with fluid, killing him in a matter of weeks.
Hunter Brady, 16, was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin's lymphoma in January after nearly two months of symptoms that doctors said were probably caused by a virus
Hunter has lost all of his hair and is now in and out of the hospital as he undergoes rounds of chemotherapy that will be followed by radiation treatments
Hunter, an active teenager, suddenly started to seem week and listless in November.
By the end of December, he was experiencing chest pains, fever and a cough, so his mother Cheryl Brady took him to a clinic where, without running any tests, doctors said he probably had a virus.
When the medications prescribed by the clinic failed to bring any signs of improvement and Hunter's symptoms worsened, Cheryl brought him back to the clinic.
Again, doctors blamed a virus and said the symptom progression was probably an allergic reaction to the medication and that they should just let the virus run its course.
On January 3, Hunter saw a pediatrician for a second opinion.
A CAT-SCAN revealed that his right lung had completely collapsed, left lung was 30 percent collapsed and both had begun building up fluid.
While Hunter has received a lot of support from the community following the shocking diagnosis, he has also experienced bullying on social media.
A fellow teen commented: 'you deserve cancer' on one of Hunter's Instagram posts about his cancer diagnosis.
'I told him I really didn't care what he said... I really don't,' the teen told local ABC station WFTS.
'He doesn't know how it feels. So, when he does, he'll realize and then he'll feel bad. I hope he does feel bad.'
Seventeen of Hunter's classmates were also bullied after they shaved their heads to show support for him.
After a variety of tests he was diagnosed with stage IV Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that kills more than 1,000 people each year.
Hunter is one of seven children living with parents Ronnie (top