National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £30-35 million a year
Brain tumour patient’s book of hope and survival
Having survived three craniotomies and reaching the age of 40, Jason Oliver from Suffolk wanted to do something to help others. Knowing he couldn’t run a marathon, Jason decided to write a book about his brain tumour journey to bring hope and inspiration to others – and the book became his personal marathon.
Fightback from a Brain Tumour is a heart-warming, readable short story and an intimate account of Jason’s brain tumour journey, offering inspiration to anyone going through similar circumstances to fulfil their dreams.
Having experienced a short burst of severe headaches and numbness around his mouth, his symptoms went from bad to worse and Jason was rushed to hospital. He was diagnosed in 2004, aged 30 with a meningioma. He had his future all mapped out: a wife of seven years and two children aged three and one; a lovely family building hopes and dreams for the future.
Jason spent nearly a decade without a driving licence and has been left with weakness in his left hand which makes fine control difficult. Luckily, Jason is right-handed and fortunately, he was able to carry on working as an IT professional almost immediately after his operations.
Jason has many unanswered questions, including “why me?” and “what caused my brain tumour?” He believes much more research needs to be done into understanding brain tumours. In the meantime, he is very grateful to the doctors and nurses at Addenbrooke’s Hospital who have given him a second chance.
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