A mother reported today how a car accident made doctors discover that she had a potentially deadly brain tumor.
Elaine Lee-Tubby was taken to hospital in the midst of fear of brain injury due to her severe headache after her accident in 2017.
Doctors referred the 47-year-old marketing executive for an MRI scan, who saw the golf ball-sized mass in her brain.
Mrs. Lee-Tubby, from Devon, was told that it was a low grade meningioma, and although it is benign at the moment, there is potential for it to become cancer.
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Elaine Lee-Tubby, 47, from Devon, was taken to the hospital in the midst of fear of contracting a brain injury after her accident in 2017
Doctors referred the marketing director for an MRI scan (photo), who saw the mass of the golf ball in her brain
Speaking of her diagnosis, Mrs. Lee-Tubby said, "I was stunned by the results of the scan – I had no idea I had a brain tumor.
& # 39; It was completely out of the air and if there had not been an exciting traffic accident, I would not have known that I was living with the tumor sized on the golf ball.
& # 39; I realized how lucky I was that a strange car accident led to my diagnosis – I'm afraid I could have thought what would happen if it had been left unnoticed. & # 39;
She added: & # 39; My diagnosis was especially difficult because I had lost my father, Graham Lee, and then 69, three years earlier, to a brain tumor.
& # 39; And I feared I had to tell my family because it would evoke many difficult memories of my father's death. & # 39;
Mrs. Lee-Tubby, from Buckfastleigh, revealed that she was going to work in January 2017 when the accident happened in her Peugeot 307.
Mrs. Lee-Tubby was told it was a low-grade meningeoma, and although it is benign at the moment, there is potential for it to become cancerous (pictured with her husband Shawn)
The mass of Mrs. Lee-Tubby, who is behind her right eye, is now being checked after she has chosen to watch & # 39; and wait & # 39; (pictured with her daughters and husband, from left to right: Emma, Symone, Elaine, Shawn, Carla and Leah)
WHAT IS A OPINION IOMA?
A meningeoma is a tumor of the meninges, the tissue that surrounds the brain and spinal cord.
About 32,000 people are diagnosed each year.
Such tumors do not spread and are benign in 90 percent of the cases.
However, they can cause disability, be life threatening and grow again.
Symptoms are usually:
- Blurry sight
- Painful headache
- Loss of hearing
- Loss of odor
The senses of a sufferer, movement and swallowing ability can be influenced.
The cause of meningiomas is unknown, but they have been associated with genetics and breast cancer.
Treatment options include surgery and radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
Source: Mayo Clinic
According to the mother's memories of the four events, someone shocked her at a junction because they didn't see her.
Every year, according to statistics, more than 9,000 people are diagnosed with primary brain tumors in the UK.
Up to a third of these are meningioma, a tumor of the tissues that protect the brain and spinal cord.
The mass of Mrs. Lee-Tubby, who is behind her right eye, is now being checked after she has decided to look and wait. Her next scan is scheduled for this fall.
Doctors have reportedly told her that surgery is very risky, possibly because it can damage the optic nerve, which controls vision.
It was one of the three treatment options she initially received. The other two were gamma-knife surgery and radiotherapy.
She said: & # 39; Going for the "wait and wait" option meant that I could continue with my life, with the other options if needed in the future. & # 39;
Her most recent scan in October 2018 showed that the tumor had grown at a minimum, which meant that she did not need urgent surgery.
After her diagnosis, Mrs. Lee-Tubby and her 33-year-old partner, Shawn (49), decided to get married, which she described as the & # 39; most magical day & # 39 ;.
She added: “It can be difficult to live with, but I do things that most people reserve for retirement and enjoy life to the full.
& # 39; My family was a great support system – especially my sister, Shelly (51), who is fighting breast cancer herself. & # 39;
Mrs. Lee-Tubby and her friends and family have raised money for Brain Tumor Research and have raised more than £ 2,500 so far.
Despite her tumor, she is determined to continue to live her life to the full. She said: & # 39; Keeping a positive mind and enjoying life are the keys to staying good.
& # 39; With the help of family and colleagues & # 39; s of my friends at work, I can continue to make a difference when I can and offer help to others in a similar position.
& # 39; I recently organized a meeting for other brain tumor survivors, where we could share stories and inspire each other to continue the adventure of life. & # 39;
Mrs. Lee-Tubby's daughter, Emma, runs to the London Half Marathon to raise money for Brain Tumor Research.
Anyone who wants to donate can do that here.
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