WHEN Leo Jones started having dramatic mood swings and his personality “completely changed” his wife became worried he was going to leave her.But Leo actually had a deadly brain tumour that had caused intense headaches for three years.Dad-of-two Leo, 30, of Porthcawl, South Wales, had gone to see a doctor several times as his headaches became more intense, but his condition went undiagnosed.Finally Leo, who used to be an electrician, was diagnosed with a anaplastic astrocytoma, a type of tumour that spreads throughout the organ, and was given three years to live.Remembering when his symptoms first started his wife, Kimberley, 29, said: “His personality had completely changed, too.“I was worried that he didn’t want the baby, or he didn’t love us anymore. I was worried he was going to leave us.“But the reality was there was a tumour slowly spreading through his brain.”Leo and Kimberley, who is now his full-time carer, met through … [Read more...] about Dad, 30, struck by deadly brain tumour that caused his personality to ‘completely change’ – and mood swings so bad his wife thought he wanted a divorce
Symptoms of brain tumour
BRAIN tumours are abnormal cells that grow in the brain and can cause serious damage.But what are they symptoms of the serious condition and how easy are they to spot? Here’s what we know…Model Caprice Bourret recently revealed she has been diagnosed with a brain tumourA brain tumour is a growth of abnormal cells that grow on the organ and multiply and spread in an uncontrollable way.The growths can be benign, non-cancerous, which grow slowly and if treated are unlikely to reappear.However, cancerous brain tumours are more serious and some can start in the brain or spread there from cancer elsewhere in the body.Brain tumours are also graded on their seriousness, with grade one and two tumours being seen as low risk.While grade three and four tumours are seen as high risk and likely to return after treatment.According the the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumour depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected.However, there are common signs that people can look … [Read more...] about What is a brain tumour and what are the signs and symptons to look out for?
A YOUNG woman has died from an undiagnosed brain tumour after making 14 trips to the doctors - and being repeatedly told she was suffering from migraines.Stephanie Dickson, 24, was discovered dead in her bed just hours after being sent home from A&E.Four years on, an investigation into her death has revealed that the office worker had a 98 per cent chance of survival if she had been given the correct treatment up until the night she died.Stephanie's school friend Laura Aberdour, 27, said: "We have all been left broken by what's happened."It's truly devastating."It's taken me until now to be strong enough to talk about it because it should never have happened."She was only 24. She didn't need to die."Stephanie had been complaining of a sore neck, severe headaches and dizziness for around nine months before her untimely death.She was prescribed painkillers for "stress-related" headaches, before eventually taking herself to A&E at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh on … [Read more...] about Woman, 24, dies from undiagnosed brain tumour after being told 14 TIMES by doctors that she was suffering from migraines
A YOUNG woman died from an undiagnosed brain tumour after doctors mistook her symptoms for a migraine 14 times.Stephanie Dickson endured nine months of agonising neck pain, severe headaches and dizzy spells.The 24-year-old couldn’t shake the feeling that something was wrong, even telling her friend she feared it was a brain tumour.But doctors repeatedly prescribed her with painkillers, blaming the pain on migraines.When her headaches and dizziness became overwhelming, she went to A&E at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh in April 2013.She was put on a drip but discharged the next morning.Hours later Stephanie, who was described as “happy, fit and intelligent” was found dead by her family.Post mortem examinations found a benign tumour had caused a massive build-up of pressure in her skull, which had it been treated even the night before, could have saved the 24-year-old’s life.Specialists confirmed that if Stephanie had been given the correct treatment up … [Read more...] about Woman, 24, dies from brain tumour after doctors dismissed agonising pain and dizziness for a migraine 14 TIMES
IT WAS a black scribble on his head in an etch-a-sketch picture, the sign of a headache that "never went away" that led to a seven-year-old being diagnosed with a brain tumour.Young Emre Erulkeroglu had complained of the consistent pain but when taken to doctor's, his family was told it was simply a migraine.But after the boy drew a troubling self-portrait on his etch-a-sketch, his mother Tiffani was so worried she pushed for a MRI - with medics finding an inoperable cystic tumour.Mum Tiffani recounted her son's deteriorating health, saying he had first shown symptoms on Mother's Day 2015 when he woke and said he had a bad head ache.Tiffani said: "Within minutes he was lying in a drowsy state on the sofa but was screaming in pain every time he vomited."She said: "We took him to A&E where his headache disappeared due to the vomiting and we were told to go home as they thought it was just a migraine."But the little boy's condition didn't improve, with the painful headaches … [Read more...] about Boy’s etch-a-sketch drawing of black spot on his forehead to pinpoint his painful headaches led to devastating brain tumour discovery
WHEN Justin Cotillard mistook his pregnant wife for a stranger on their honeymoon she knew something wasn't right.But, the reality was far beyond Emma's worst fears.Unbeknown to the happy couple, the 29-year-old's head was being invaded by a deadly brain tumour.Seven months after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma - the most aggressive form of brain tumour - Justin passed away in his wife's arms, having survived to meet the couple's baby.It was on honeymoon that the first warning signs appeared.He began to suffer memory loss and became so confused he didn't recognise Emma."He woke up one morning and started screaming at me to get out of his room,” she said.“He thought I was a stranger."He didn’t remember that I was seven months pregnant with our first baby.”The couple cut short their trip to France.And on returning to the UK, Justin had an MRI scan that uncovered the deadly tumour.The couple were warned there was no cure, but doctors said surgery, followed by … [Read more...] about Hubby who mistook his pregnant wife for a stranger on their HONEYMOON was actually battling deadly brain tumour
A YOUNG woman is thankful to be alive after doctors put her brain tumour symptoms down to an ingrown toenail - leaving her needing a life-saving operation to remove a golf ball-sized mass six months later.Gemma Martin, now 22, woke up one day in December 2014 and couldn’t feel her right leg.Terrified, she rushed to A&E where they thought she could be suffering with meningitis but after tests she claims she was sent home and told she had experienced a “funny turn”.But over the next few weeks the weakness and numbness in her leg continued.Gemma, a business and management student from Erskine, said: “I woke up one morning and I had no feeling in my leg, it was terrifying.“I went to the doctors where they tested my reflexes but they were fine.“In the end I was told that the ingrown toenail on my right foot was causing the loss of feeling in my right leg and that I should have it removed.”But, after removing the toenail, Gemma began to develop … [Read more...] about Student’s shock after doctors said ingrown toenail caused numbness in her leg – but it turned out to be a GOLF BALL-SIZED brain tumour
TARA Palmer-Tomkinson today passed away after a year-long battle with a brain tumour.The 45-year-old was diagnosed with a pituitary tumour, an abnormal growth in the brain, after going for blood tests when she felt run down last year.The former IT girl revealed she had been having treatment to reduce the size of the growth.Further tests also revealed she was suffering a rare auto-immune condition which can cause tiredness, weight loss and joint pain.Around eight in every 100 brain tumours affect the pituitary gland, which lies in a hollow space behind the eye.Though tiny, around the size of a pea, the gland influences almost every part of the body.The hormones it secretes are released into the blood stream, where they are responsible for affecting growth, blood pressure and reproduction.The majority of these tumours develop from the gland tissues and are nearly always benign, or non-cancerous.The type of pituitary tumour Tara was battling is known as a prolactinoma, a … [Read more...] about As Tara Palmer-Tomkinson dies after brain tumour battle, what are the symptoms to watch out for?
SUPPORT for our #SweatySelfie campaign just keeps on coming.Gymnastics-mad Maisie Lossau, 11, is the latest person to back our charity venture in memory of Sun fitness expert Nicki Waterman.After being diagnosed with a brain tumour, Maisie has spent the past eight months in hospital.But she was inspired to act after the family of Nicki — who died of a brain tumour this month, aged 53 — launched a fundraising appeal for the charity Brain Tumour Research.Last week, we told how Nicki’s daughter Alex and son Harry are urging readers to post a “sweaty selfie” online after a workout and donate money to Brain Tumour Research.TV stars Denise Van Outen and Kate Thornton, All Saints singer Nicole Appleton and ex-Spice Girl Emma Bunton have all backed the cause and readers have so far donated £3,000 to charity. Now Maisie has joined the campaign and, in a wheelchair by her hospital bedside, posed for her own beaming selfie with mum Dawn and dad Darrell.Dawn, … [Read more...] about Brave youngster Maisie Lossau joins The Sun’s #sweatyselfie campaign in aid of Brain Tumour Research
LITTLE Nathan Box looks like any other boy his age.Except seven-year-old Nathan desperately needs a life-changing operation so he can “live a normal life” – but the NHS won’t fund his treatment.Nathan is suffering from a rare brain tumour that causes him to have as many as 25 epileptic-type fits every day.The condition, called hypothalamic hamartoma, causes him to burst out laughing before suffering violent fits.The seizures are so severe the youngster has split open his chin, his head and broken his nose.His mother, Susan Box, said the laugh has now become his family’s “warning sign”.The little lad was a happy, healthy boy when two years ago he was diagnosed with the illness after doctors initially thought he had epilepsy.The rare condition could be cured with a £100,000 surgery but his family were devastated to learn the NHS would not fund it – and began crowdfunding to take Nathan to Texas for the op.The surgery is … [Read more...] about Little boy, 7, battling rare brain tumour suffers 25 violent fits every day – but the NHS won’t fund his ‘life-saving’ treatment