IN HOPE... brave soldiers who have battled through


The diagnosis of a brain tumour is devastating, however there is hope.  We have been fortunate to meet some very brave people who have survived to tell the tale and who want to share their story to give hope to others.


Paul Bartlett

 

Paul discovered he had "Terry the Tumour" when he was knocked off his bike and suffered concussion.  He had had no symptoms at all. Read Paul's story...



Charlie Boutwood

 

Charlie was the much wanted son of his parents.  They already had
two daughters and he completed their happy family.  At 20 months he
faced the terrifying prospect of surgery to remove an enormous and
malignant brain tumour.   Miraculously he made a remarkable
recovery. Read Charlie's story...



Lisa Brassington 


Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour in February 2011, Lisa has decided to live life to the full. She has been skiing, is learning to sail, is taking acting classes and has even been on TV as an extra in Emmerdale. The location of her low-grade oligodendroglioma brain tumour meant it could not be fully removed by surgery. The tumour is now growing and she lives with the anxiety of three-monthly scans. Lisa tells her story…
 



Claire Button

 

Claire was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 after she was taken ill Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, and immediately evacuated back to the UK. Claire lives with her husband Phil and their daughter Ellen. Read Claire's story...



Jack Brydon

 

In 2003 and aged 17 Jack Brydon discovered he had a brain tumour. Today he is fit and well and leading a normal life.  He counts himself as one of the few lucky ones. Read Jack's story...



Jack Byam Shaw

 

In May 1999, Sheila Hancock's grandson Jack was diagnosed with a brain tumour at just four years old.  His mother, Melanie, was shocked at how long it took to diagnose him and at the nail-biting wait to determine the
type of tumour and the treatment necessary.  Reeling from the shock of diagnosis, they were delighted after several weeks of waiting to discover that they were one of the lucky ones - Jack's tumour was low grade - and following five years of scans he is now scan free and living a normal healthy life. Read Jack's story...



Wayne Chessum

 

Wayne was 39 and the father of three children, including a young daughter of five years old who had survived meningitis, when he was diagnosed with a haemangioblastoma (just 2% of brain tumours are this type) in 2008. Read Wayne’s story…



Lyra Cole 


Little Lyra Cole was just five months old when she underwent emergency surgery to remove a brain tumour. Initially misdiagnosed as a virus, Lyra’s symptoms had included loss of appetite and vomiting. The surgery was successful but, within months, she was struggling to see. Happily a second procedure restored her sight. Here, Lyra’s dad Dan tells her story…
 



James Crossley

 

Life was turned upside down in August 2000 when James, aged nine, was diagnosed with a brain tumour and underwent two huge operations.  After the last operation he was left with weakness down his right side, severe speech problems, as well as educational and visual difficulties. Today, James’ story is one of hope as he overcomes his disabilities and looks to a more independent future. Read James’ Story…



Andrew Crowe

 

Andrew Crowe is in his early 40s and lives  in Swindon.  He has a brain
tumour and has been through numerous operations and is trying hard
to regain his normal life. Read Andrew's story...



Alexandra Dixon


Alexandra Dixon was diagnosed with a low-grade oligodendroglioma brain tumour after suffering a series of severe epileptic seizures while on holiday in the south of France. Back in the UK, she underwent surgery in June 2007. An MRI scan in 2012 revealed the tumour had returned. She had surgery again followed by radio and chemotherapy. Alexandra tells her story:
 



Sophie Duffee


For the parents of five-year-old Sophie Duffee their world began to unravel when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. They discovered her in bed and feared the worst as she suffered a severe seizure. Fortunately the tumour was operable and Sophie has just returned to full-time school. She undergoes scans twice a year. Her mum Tracey tells her story…
 



Maisie Dury

 

Maisie was two and a half when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour – her parents were initially told it was epilepsy.  Fortunately a neurologist suggested a routine MRI scan which revealed that she had a low grade brain tumour and because it had been caught in time it could be successfully removed. Read Maisie's story...

 



Marian Dye

 

Marian Dye first started to get symptoms in 1988. For nine years she visited doctors who put her headaches down to a variety of reasons. Finally, in 1997 she was diagnosed and in 1999 she had an operation to remove a brain tumour. Since then she has lived life to the full caring for her deaf and blind husband, going to work, in addition she is also a school governor and spends a lot of time with her granddaughter. Read Marian's story...



Gemma Edgar


Gemma, 29, a paediatric nurse at Colchester General Hospital, and a wife and mother, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour after just a few days of migraine-type symptoms. Her sons, Noah and Dylan were just eight weeks and two years old at the time. Gemma tells her story…
 



David Grant

 

David Grant was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme grade IV brain tumour in August 2005. He was working as a Senior Project Manager for the Royal Bank of Scotland and married with a two-year-old daughter at the time. David was told he could have just 12 months to live. Fast forward to today: David hasn’t received cancer medication since 2006 and is now watching his daughter growing up. Read David's story…



Gemma Gliddon


Mother-of-two Gemma Gliddon is awaiting surgery for a schwannoma brain tumour which has regrown after a previous operation. Determined to remain positive, Gemma, 32, is training to become a nurse and is helping to raise awareness and funds for research by taking part Wear A Hat Day 2015 just four days after her latest operation. She tells her story…
 



Lily Hawkins


Lily’s Mum, Lorraine is a trained and experienced midwife, but nothing could prepare her for the day when her six-year-old daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumour, many months after she first started displaying worrying signs which were repeatedly dismissed by doctors. Now Lorraine is determined to raise awareness particularly of the symptoms of brain tumours to ensure that patients are given the earliest possible diagnosis. Read Lily's story...



Melanie Hennessy

 

Having suffered with headaches for many years, Mel discovered she had two meningioma tumours just a few weeks after she gave birth to her daughter, Daisy Boo.  She has lost the sight in her left eye, but is just thankful to be alive.  She wants to do anything she can to raise awareness and funds for research into brain tumours. Read Melanie's story...



Meg Hill

 

Meg was aged 19 and about to begin a new life at university when she was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour.  She was operated on in Boston, USA, having been deemed inoperable in the UK and is now married and living life to the full. Read Meg's story...



Melissa Huggins

 

Melissa is an attractive twenty-eight year old primary school teacher with a Grade III Anaplastic Ependymoma brain tumour and further tumours in her spine.  She was diagnosed in 2005 after many years of not knowing what was wrong.  In 2009 with the help of her sister, fiance and friends she raised £250,000 to send her to Boston, US for proton therapy to shrink the tumour.  She has since had chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is back teaching at school three days a week. Read Melissa's story...



Emily Jones

 

Emily, a PhD student at Oxford University, was studying for a master’s degree at Exeter College in 2011 when she started to feel unwell.  It was a year later when she was finally diagnosed with a malignant ependymoma brain tumour, having taken matters into her own hands and financed a private consultation that she could ill afford. Her journey of diagnosis and treatment, which has included extensive radiotherapy, has demonstrated some disparities in approaches to treatments in the UK for her condition. Read Emily’s story…



Kian Jones


The life of schoolboy Kian Jones was saved by his mother’s determination to pursue an accurate diagnosis of her son’s headaches and sickness. Trainee nurse Sabina’s relentless demands for a brain scan proved her instincts were correct. Kian’s condition was life threatening and he underwent emergency surgery. He is now settling back into “normal” life. Here, Kian’s mum Sabina tells his story…
 



Ben Lindon

 

Ben Lindon was diagnosed with an inoperable grade II glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour on March 11, 2008, a week before his 29th birthday.  He underwent radiotherapy treatment and continues to receive chemotherapy, having endured 54 cycles of Temozolamide to date.  Amazingly, having been told that all his treatment would render him infertile, in September 2012, Ben fathered a miracle baby girl, Martha Rose. Even more amazingly, his wife, Kate, is expecting another miracle - a baby son in June 2014, despite Ben having endured 60 cycles of chemotherapy. Read Ben’s story…



Shannon Moore


Shannon was diagnosed with a rare craniopharyngioma when she was just nine-years-old. She underwent emergency surgery and has endured several operations over the years, plus treatment including radiotherapy and hormone replacement. Now 18, and a college student, she is certified blind and relies on a long cane to help her get about. She is looking forward to leaving home and studying at university. Shannon’s mum Paula White tells her story...
 



Leon Murphy


Leon was just a normal 24-year-old, studying music technology at Bolton University and enjoying life playing bass guitar in a band, when he was diagnosed with a grade IV astroglioma brain tumour in 2011. He attributed his headaches to stress and late nights. Little did he know that it was the beginning of a rollercoaster ride of emotional turmoil. Here, he tells his story of living with a brain tumour at such a young age and, how nearly four years on, his positivity is helping him face an uncertain future. Leon tells his story...



Kerri Parker

 

Kerri Parker, from Dereham, Norwich runs The Kerri Parker Model Academy helping thousands of aspiring models start out or further their modelling careers. Kerri herself is an award-winning model and has competed in pageants around the world. She was diagnosed with two different types of brain tumour during the winter of 2013 just before her 30th birthday. Read Kerri's story...



Sophie Peters


Sophie was eventually diagnosed with a low-grade meningioma brain tumour after suffering crippling headaches for nearly a year. Feeling frustrated and desperate after months of repeated visits to her GP, it was a chance visit to an optician which led to her diagnosis. Eighteen months after her surgery Sophie is back at work but still struggles with nightmares about the tumour coming back. Sophie tells her story…
 



Richard Preston


Richard Preston was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour which was discovered after he began suffering persistent headaches. He underwent surgery to remove a tumour the size of a large apricot which was located behind his left eye. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy followed. In March 2014, Richard, 45, married Wendy, his partner of 25 years. Richard tells his story...
 



David Rickford

 

"David was 28 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, having already recovered from Hodgkins Lymphoma. As his mother, I have really felt the utter helplessness of the situation and now want to do something to help others if I can." Read David's Story...



Gary Robinson


Father-of-two Gary Robinson marked his 34th birthday in May 2015 by running the Manchester 10K to raise money for Brain Tumour Research. It was the first such event he had taken part in and it came just months after he underwent surgery and radiotherapy to remove an extremely rare and aggressive grade II haemangiopericytoma brain tumour. Gary tells his story…
 



Nicci Roscoe

 

Nicci Roscoe is a professional inspirational speaker and corporate and lifestyle coach. NIcci's book, Fabulous Impact, is a guide to taking charge of your life and underpins her work to boost confidence and impact. In 2001, Nicci, a mother of two teenage children, was given the devastating news that she had a brain tumour. Read Nicci's story...



Andrew Scarborough


Andrew was just 27 when he was diagnosed with a high grade anaplastic astrocytoma brain tumour. He underwent surgery and began chemotherapy. After four months he stopped the treatment and made significant changes to his diet. Two years after surgery, a scan has shown no tumour growth, he has been able to come off all medication and is hoping to go back to work to investigate how nutritional therapy, including a restricted ketogenic diet, could help other patients. Andrew tells his story…
 



Francoise Shelton

 

Francoise was 47 when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour.  She and her family had noticed some big personality changes prior to her falling unconsious.  Francoise owes her recovery to the care and support she received from her children who were 20, 18 and 15 years old at the time. Read Francoise's story...



Andrew Stammers

 

Andrew, 39, is a practising ordained Baptist Minister at Radstock Baptist Church in Somerset.  He lives with his wife Suzanne and three daughters, Gracie, Tamzin and Amwyn. Read Andrew's Story...



George Stocker

 

In April 2008 George became ill and was diagnosed with a brain tumour. George underwent over 80 weeks of treatment including multiple operations, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. George and his family started fundraising in August 2008 and have raised over £32,000. Read George's story...


 



John Stuart

 

John had an operation to remove his brain tumour in 2004 and ever since, his scans have revealed no evident tumour.  He feels very lucky, not only to have survived, but to have been able to rebuild his life and return to work, albeit not in the same capacity as before. Read John's story...



Jess Taylor

 

Jess was just 13 years old when she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Almost seven years on, she has endured two craniotomies and numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Despite her poor prognosis all those years ago, with the help of her neurosurgeons and doctors, Jess is now 19 years old and studying at college to become a beautician. Read Jess's story...



Paul Taylor


Former journalist Paul Taylor, 56, of Thanet, Kent, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumour in September 2012. He underwent surgery to debulk the tumour and now, every three months he anxiously awaits the results of a scan to tell him if the tumour has returned. Here is Paul’s story…
 



Ryan Taylor


Ryan Taylor of Stathern Walk, Nottingham, lives with the uncertainty of an unidentified brain tumour. Ryan was first diagnosed in September 2013 and since then the 23-year-old has undergone surgery twice and relies on anti-epilepsy medication to control seizures. He tells his story…
 



Holly Timbrell

 

Holly had a headache which wouldn't go away.  An MRI scan revealed a brain tumour in a very inaccessible place.  Now she is a teenager trying to live a normal life in between 3 monthly scans. Read Holly's story...



Stewart Tranter


Stewart Tranter is living with an inoperable grade III astrocytoma brain tumour. The tumour was diagnosed in 2013 and, supported by his wife Anna, he has coped with extensive treatment including 30 cycles of radiotherapy and 14 months of chemotherapy, including the drug Temozolomide. Thanks to an understanding employer, Stewart, 35, continues to work and he is backing the campaign for more research funding. Here is his story…



Vetri Velamail

 

Vetri worked in Rotherham as a GP for more than 20 years and is a proud father of three much loved children.  Suffering with double vision, an optician at Specsavers sent him to A&E and he was diagnosed with a Glioblastoma Multiforme. Read Vetri's story...



Ian Walsh


Former fireman and pub landlord Ian Walsh was taken ill at Christmas and, within a month, he was diagnosed with a high grade glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour which is inoperable and incurable. He married his long-term partner Glenda in hospital in April 2015. His wife Glenda tells his story…
 



April Watkins

 

April was diagnosed with a grade IV medulloblastoma in 2010 during her first year at university after suffering with debilitating headaches.  Her mother had recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and tragically passed away while April was receiving treatment following her brain surgery.  She has since been given the all clear. Read April's Story...



Jay Wheeler

 

Although Jay's brain tumour was completely removed during surgery, he then had to undergo radiotherapy and chemo, leaving him with a , number of different side effects.  Despite his agonising ordeal he is looking forward to starting his degree course in Animation and Special Effects. Read Jay's story...



Dan Wiggins

 

Dan was first diagnosed with a grade II brain tumour after a grand mal seizure in April 2006 when he was 30.  Since then he has received a variety of treatments including a craniotomy last year to de-bulk the tumour.  At that time he found out that the tumour had been re-classifed as a grade III or IV and his doctors recommended he should start receiving regular chemotherapy and radiotherapy at Charing Cross Hospital.  Dan is married to Lucy and has been involved with our Member Charity, Brain Tumour Research Campaign - The Way Ahead. Read Dan's story...



Alan Williams

 

My husband Alan was diagnosed in 2007 with a brain tumour, following a seizure.  It was just five years after his younger brother, James, passed away from the same devastating disease.  Alan, 46, has been told that the tumour has now become very aggressive and, following recent further surgery at The Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, he is currently undergoing chemotherapy, under the care of The Cancer Centre in Belfast City Hospital. Read Alan's Story...



Ian Wrigglesworth

 

Ian lives with his wife, Debi-Ann, and their beloved dogs.  He believes in healthy living and follows a strict nutritional plan.  Before he was diagnosed with a grade III oligodenroglioma, he had never had any serious illness or been admitted into hospital. Read Ian's story...



Nicole Witts

 

Nicole is a bubbly mother of two gorgeous girls.  In 2008 her life changed dramatically - she found she had a tumour the size of an orange in her head.  Although the tumour was benign it took nine hours of surgery to remove it at the risk of her speech.  Despite the success of the operation she now has epilepsy, cannot drive, cook or bath her children.  Amazingly after all that, Nicole has come out fighting - she has a passionate desire to educate doctors about how to diagnose and then treat people with brain tumours. Read Nicole's story...





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