A mother who had fallen into fatigue was a shock to discover, it was actually an undiagnosed brain tumor for a decade.
The tumor began to develop on Emily Corrigan's brain 10 years ago, but she had no idea and assumed that her fatigue, dizziness, and headaches were a result of his busy life with four children.
Emily, 32, was diagnosed with shock only after an epileptic seizure when doctors discovered that she had a brain tumor about the size of a seizure. orange.
Since then, the secretary of the Milton Keynes School Office has undergone two brain operations to save her life.
"I was so tired all the time and had terrible headaches and pains," says Emily about her symptoms.
"I just ignored her because I knew that I was tired and that it was normal for a mother of young children to feel like that."
The doctors told Emily that the tumor was probably present since the age of 18.
"Looking back, the signs were pretty obvious that something was wrong, but I just dismissed it," she said.
Although she's been feeling tired for years, Emily finally consulted a doctor a year before her diagnosis because she had also developed debilitating headaches.
"I was starting to have terrible blinking pains in my head and I was very tired," she said. "In hindsight, there were obvious signs, I was far more tired than most of the mothers I knew, but again and again, I just called her a busy mom."
In the year before her diagnosis, Emily stated that she had completely slowed down.
"I was fattening without energy and feeling lethargic all the time, but I convinced myself that nothing bothered me."
Even though she had booked an MRI to investigate the flashing pains in her head, Emily canceled the appointment after she was convinced that she was wasting everyone's time all the time.
"If I had been absent and had had this MRI, the tumor would have been found and something could have been done sooner," she said.
Instead, Emily discovered for the first time that she had an astrocytoma tumor in July 2015, after having a seizure and being transported to the hospital by her partner, Stewart Wilson.
Emily was placed in a coma and her family learned that she had a cancerous brain tumor.
The surgeons removed the tumor by 4.2 cm by 4.5 cm, but the tumor returned in October 2018, which means that one in four mothers had to undergo more operations.
"It was so difficult and had a huge impact on all of us," says Emily about her ordeal.
"I managed to get along with the kids as best as I could, but the operation and treatment even removed all the energy."
Emily has completed 30 radiation therapy sessions and is currently undergoing chemotherapy.
She talks about her story to warn others about the dangers of rejecting extreme fatigue.
Friends and family now raise £ 2,000 on GoFundMe to help support Emily and her family financially.
According to The Brain Tumor, charitable astrocytomas are the most common type of primary brain tumor in the group of brain tumors called gliomas.
"The primary means is that they come from the brain instead of spreading elsewhere." About a third of brain tumors diagnosed in the UK are astrocytomas, the site says.
"They develop from a type of cell in the brain called astrocyte, which is the most abundant cell in the brain.They support and protect neurons (nerves) and help pass messages between them. Astrocytes are therefore essential to the treatment of information in the brain.
– This article first appeared on Yahoo