2013 was the worst year of my life after hearing the news I have brain cancer at 27 caused by a malignant brain tumour. I have been diagnosed as having an Anaplastic Astrocytoma (grade 3) in my left temporal posterior frontal lobe. This was diagnosed after a brain haemorrage on a train early last year followed by numerous grand mal seizures. I became symptomatic in February 2013 when I experienced debilitating crushing headaches, stroke-like symptoms, nausea and vertigo.
My cancer is aggressive, cannot be cured and treatment aims to slow down its growth. This type of cancer is much less treatable than many other cancers because of the blood brain barrier and the fact it spreads inside the brain. It is also the biggest cancer killer in people under 40 and there is no known cause.
I have been through a great deal of physical and mental pain resulting in a major brain operation, 6 1/2 weeks chemoradiotherapy, and then I had 4 monthly cycles of chemotherapy. I have coped better than expected physically but my future is uncertain and prognosis is generally poor even after treatment. Research in this area is seriously lagging behind other cancers so please please give all you can to this worthwhile clause.
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