Yep, that's me as a senior in high school. I was about to turn 18, had just been recruited to play ice hockey at Colgate University, had a girlfriend and was in love. But then came a brain tumor and everything changed. The worst part? I didn't even know I had it. And it got bigger and bigger …for ten years, I suffered. And I felt alone. My body was at war with itself. In every awful way. Then by the miracle of a woman who cared for me, I saw a doctor and soon the tumor was removed and my life went from black and white to a rainbow of colors. That's why I am a person who is filled with so much gratitude. That is why I wrote "The Late Bloomer: A Memoir of My Body," which went on sale everywhere today. And if health and happiness and a book wasn't already enough reward for my suffering, my book has been adapted into a movie, which is released October 7. And by some miracle, it's a very funny romantic comedy! After all, laughter is the best form of medicine. I hope you get a chance to read or listen to my book, and that you learn more about yourself by reading how I learned so much about myself. Enjoy my ride. I have …mostly. – Kenny B #TheLateBloomer
When journalist, Ken Baker, was 17-years-old he had massively narrow shoulders, wide hips, and sex was the last thing on his mind.
To make matters worse, his nipples oozed with white fluid – ten times more than a breastfeeding woman and he couldn’t get an erection, reports The Sun.
He didn’t know why he was how he was, and never really questioned why sex had never been of interest to him – but by the time he got to 27, a girlfriend convinced him to go to the doctors.
It was there that he realised the cause of his differences. A brain tumour which was pushing down on his pituitary gland had been delaying his puberty.
After a spot of surgery, Ken was given testosterone medication and in seconds flat he was a rampantly horny and acne ridden teenager at the grand old age of 27.
Speaking about the radical transformation, he said:
All of a sudden, especially after the operation, I turned into a horny teenager who saw sex everywhere.
I lived in Santa Monica and rollerbladed along the beach. ‘How did I not notice that so many women are wearing bikinis?’ I thought.
Weirdly (and as sort of a dick move if you ask me), Ken broke up with the girl who’d advised him to go to the doctors and started sleeping around.
But before long he found Brooke who he later married and now has two children with.
Ken’s miraculous and drastic life change was documented in his 2001 book, Man Made, which is currently being turned into a film called The Late Bloomer.
The Late Bloomer is set to hit cinema screens later this year.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.