A YOUNG mum's brain tumour went undetected for a decade — after she put her tiredness down to dealing with her four children.
Emily Corrigan, 32, was shocked to discover she had a brain tumour the size of an orange, which doctors believe could have been growing for up to ten years.
The shock diagnosis came after the mother-of-four, from Milton Keynes, dismissed her symptoms of extreme fatigue, dizziness and headaches as the stress of raising a young family.
Speaking about her symptoms, she said: "I was getting terrible flashing pains in my head and was very tired.
"I had four young children and just dismissed the symptoms to being busy running around after them.
"In hindsight there were definite signs. I was far more tired than most mums I know but time and time again I just put it down to being a busy mum.
"I'd be up early with my kids from the crack of dawn until late at night so I never thought anything of it."
Emily first learnt that she had an astrocytoma tumour after she was rushed to hospital when her partner Stewart Wilson, 42, saw her having a seizure in July 2015.
She has since undergone two brain surgeries, with the most recent being in October last year, in a bid to save her life.
Emily added: "In the year or so before I had the seizure I was just slowing down. I put on weight and had no energy and felt lethargic all the time.
"I had flashing pains for about three years, they were always in the same place in my head.
"I convinced myself that nothing was wrong with me.
"If I'd gone then and had that MRI the tumour would have been found and something could have been done about it earlier."
The tumour was eventually found in July 2015 after Emily suffered a catastrophic seizure at home after an increase in headaches.
Rushed to hospital after being found by her partner Stewart, Emily was in a coma when her family were told that she had a brain tumour.
The 4.2cm by 4.5cm tumour was removed by surgeons before it returned in October 2018 meaning that she had to have more surgery.
She added: "It's been so hard and has taken such a huge toll on us all.
"I've been able to manage with the kids as best as I can but the surgery and treatment has taken any energy out of me.
"The kids have been great but it can be difficult at times when I explain to them what's happening to me."
Emily, who has completed 30 sessions of radiotherapy and is currently undergoing chemotherapy, is speaking out to warn others not to dismiss extreme fatigue.
Her friends and family are currently fundraising £2,000 on GoFundMe to help her make ends meet while she recovers.
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