What cancer were you diagnosed with?

Brain Tumour


What age were you diagnosed?

32


What has helped you to thrive?

Fast forward a year and I’m feeling the best I have done in a very long time. I’ve met some incredible people, with highs and lows along the way. I’m making the most of life and I now have a “carpe diem” attitude. I miss working as a Primary Teacher though, that’s been my biggest challenge since I’ve not been able to return to work yet, but one day I hope to.


Annie's Story

I was suffering with migraines and headaches 6 months before I was finally diagnosed with a brain tumour. During that time, I got progressively worse, constantly taking time off work, losing balance, tinnitus and dizziness, plus double vision, loss of feeling in my right hand, leg and foot. My tumour was the size of a small avocado and had grown gradually over 5 years. 

I was diagnosed with a stage 4 GBM in November 2016 and 24 hours later, I was admitted back into hospital with excess fluid on my brain. I was diagnosed with hydrocephalus and fitted with a shunt. This set back the beginning of my treatment plan which didn’t start until January 2017 but it meant I could enjoy Christmas and New Years with my family and newborn niece.