National brain tumour research funding needs to increase to £35 million a year
Mum’s hay fever symptoms turned out to be brain tumour
A woman who was told her brain tumour symptoms could be due to hay fever is putting herself in the spotlight to raise awareness.
Suzanne Davies was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (GBM) in 2014 after she began experiencing symptoms including fatigue, deterioration of her speech and headaches. Her GP thought she may be suffering with hay fever or stress, but a CT scan revealed a golf-ball-sized mass on her brain.
The mother-of-two had an awake craniotomy which removed 95% of the tumour, followed by radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Suzanne now has an MRI scan every six months, and the most recent scan in June was stable.
As well as putting collection pots in shops to help raise money for Brain Tumour Research, Suzanne has shared her story to raise awareness of the disease. It has been read by millions as she hit the headlines in the Scottish Daily Mail, Mirror and The Sun.
Suzanne (pictured with husband Owen and children, Lauren and Max) said: “I get frustrated that there isn’t currently a cure for brain tumours, so more money is needed so more research can be done.
“I’m really well and I feel very fortunate that I’m still here. I’ve lost three friends to brain tumours, but I’m staying positive, and I’m determined to beat this.”
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