Craig, Brain Tumour, by Brihannah Rilstone

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I was 21 years old when I started having troubles with the most simple of tasks.  I didn’t realize it at the time but my whole personality had changed. I was aggressive, had turned to drugs for fun, lied, cheated, was a slacker etc.  I started getting really sharp pains in my neck so I was sent to the doctors who sent me home twice with a diagnosis of a pinched nerve in my neck.  Third time lucky mum took me to Noarlunga Hospital and refused to take me home until they figured out what was wrong with me.

I had a CT scan and they thought they saw something in my brain. I was sent to Flinders Medical Centre for an MRI and that’s when they found it… a 4.5cm tumour, the same size as a large chicken egg, growing in the back of my brain.  It was called a Medullablastoma.  They gave me a few hours left to live…

That day I was rushed into surgery where I spent 6 hours on the operating table. Now, after heavy doses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy over about 6 months, I am in remission.  I am unable to work due to irreversible brain damage (fatigue, nausea, deafness and memory problems)… but it’s been two and a half years and I’m still alive.

They gave me a few hours left to live…