Hannah Watts

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Fundraising for Brain Tumour Research
raised of £350 target
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Event: Abseil the ArcelorMittal Orbit, on 19 May 2018
Brain Tumour Research

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RCN England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840
We fund long-term, sustainable research to find a cure for brain tumours


I was diagnosed with an oligoastrocytoma in 2014 after a trip to see the neurologist about my twitchy leg. I was sent for an MRI scan and they found a 5cm tumour next to the part of my brain that was controlling the movement of my left leg, hence the twitching. I had a crainiotomy the same month. Due to the location of the tumour I was kept awake so the movement in my leg could be checked on throughout the surgery. It went well, and I went home a couple of days after. 

The tumour turned out to be a grade 2 so I would have 6 monthly observation scans rather than further treatment right away. In 2015 it was decided I should start a course of chemo treatment. I had 8 months of chemotherapy tablets which stopped the tumour growth but didn't shrink it as they had hoped.
After scans showed more regrowth, this time last year it was agreed I would have another surgery which would this time be followed by radiotherapy.
The surgery was more complete than the first time so the radiotherapy has been delayed and I'm on 3 monthly scans to check for changes. So far it's stable so I've nearly made it a whole year with no further treatment plans! 

Brain tumour research is massively underfunded even though brain tumours are the biggest cancer killers of under 40s. I've been lucky, my tumour was found while there was still a range of treatment options available for me, though there are many people with tumours who are not. Increased research could help the number of people who can find a treatment to fight against brain tumours.
I'm terrible at running and having a dodgy leg means I manage to fall over easily so a 5k, 10k or marathon fundraiser is some (a long) way off for me. I hate heights but abseiling is falling off stuff on purpose so I thought it could suit me better. I've spent too long deciding whether I can do this so it's ended up quite last minute. Anything you can donate will help people and if enough is raised I will just have to do it! Thanks everyone.

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Brain Tumour Research

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RCN England and Wales 1153487, Scotland SC046840
Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer. Just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this disease. We are a leading voice calling for support and action for research into what is called the last battleground against cancer.

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