Julie lives in Redhouse, Swindon, Wiltshire and is 38. Her father, Richard Flippence, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme brain tumour (GBM4), but it was already too late for him to have treatment and he died four months later, aged 63. Just nine years later, Julie herself was diagnosed with a benign brain tumour. Only too aware of what had happened to her dad, she resolved not to watch and wait for her tumour to become malignant, but to have surgery to remove it as quickly as possible. Tragically, even before she had surgery, Julie discovered that the tumour had upgraded to a GBM4, just like her father.
“Although I was told I would be fine, I knew that even a low grade tumour meant a lower life expectancy. I already had more knowledge than most people about brain tumours – I had lost my Dad to a GBM4 in 2005 when he was 63 and I was only 28.” Read Julie's story...