I am doing the London marathon in April for the Brain Tumour Charity, and have raised £1716.50 of my £2500 target. You can sponsor me by clicking the picture, or you can text BTLT85 and the amount to 70070. Any donation would be appreciated. If you don’t want to or can’t sponsor me please can you share the page, so as many people as possible see it? THANK YOU
I am raising money for the brain tumour charity as I have had three brain tumours myself and still fighting the disease along with the thousands of other people.
Here is a background into my battle against the tumour.
- In October 2006, I had a seizure whilst at work and went to hospital. They gave me an EEG rather than an MRI scan, which was the first mistake of many.
- After the seizure I had terrible headaches, pains behind my
eyes, weird smells and sickness. The only way to get rid of them was to push my head again a pillow until the pain would go away.
- I went to my GP, and told him my symptoms and he just got
his medical book out and said he didn’t know what it was, as it wasn’t in his book. He prescribed me some migraine tablets, which obviously didn’t work.
- As these migraine tablets did nothing for my tumour I went
to Boots opticians, who took photos behind my eyes and found something there and sent me to the hospital.
- The optician said that I had a brain tumour and that I would
need brain surgery. I was told that because the tumour was in my head for a while, it was haemorrhaging when they finally got to the surgery. The surgery went well and I underwent six weeks of radiotherapy, as they could not remove the entire tumour.
- The radiotherapy was not very effective, as the tumour grew back in 2012, five years after the original diagnosis.
- In 2012, I had a biopsy to see what type of tumour it was
now and that was followed by more surgery to remove as much tumour as possible. I was told that I didn’t need a biopsy and should just have had the surgery, so another mistake.
- This latest bout of surgery was followed up by chemotherapy, which made me quite ill. I was told I would be on this forever. However in 2015, after a routine MRI scan I was told the chemo wasn’t working and that the tumour was growing again.
- No surgeon in Coventry would do the surgery, so I had to go
to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham, where luckily a Professor
Cruickshank would. He also filled in all of the holes in my head, left by the previous operations.
- My last two MRI scans have shown more new tumour growth. I have another scan on the 21st February and I will get my results on the 24th. My latest scan has shown that the tumour is still growing and is now a possible grade 4 tumour and is inoperable. I have also been told that radiotherapy is a last resort as it could cause permanent damage.
- I still plan to run the marathon in April regardless of what
the MRI results are.