A woman shared shocking images of her skull after it had burst open to remove a brain tumor.
Sophie Wardle (28) from Birmingham, West Midlands initially believed that the attacks she went through were anxiety attacks.
The mother of five said doctors thought her breathing problems and muscle shaking were caused by university stress and maternity.
After having had an attack during her visit to her doctor, she was quickly referred for an MRI scan that eventually discovered the cause of her problems.
Mrs. Wardle has undergone a craniotomy – with part of the skull removed – to expose her brain so that surgeons would be able to reach her tumor of orange size.
The prospective nurse was re-diagnosed with another tumor in August 2018 and still needs treatment.
Sophie Wardle (28) from Birmingham, West Midlands had unknowingly thought her attacks were anxiety disorders caused by university stress
Mrs. Wardle had more than 40 staples over her skull after undergoing a craniotomy – with part of the skull removed – to remove her tumor of orange size. She then received a waking craniotomy in August 2018, in which she is later depicted
Mrs. Wardle has shared shocking images of her journey. Depicted, without a wig after radiotherapy and chemotherapy for her cancer, it caused her to fall out
Mrs. Wardle, who shares her story to raise awareness, said: & I thought I was suffering from university stress. I never thought it would be a brain tumor.
& # 39; I started to fight against what doctors thought were symptoms of anxiety, such as the attacks and difficulty breathing, just seven months after I started my training as a nurse.
& # 39; I started to worry when my muscles became stiff and started to shake, but doctors assured me it seemed like it was stress related.
& # 39; I described the attacks as being unable to breathe, and they said that because I was a new mother, it sounded more like a panic attack and would not take me to the hospital.
& # 39; Only when the doctors saw an attack in the hall after an appointment did they begin to look at it more seriously. & # 39;
Mrs. Wardle then had an MRI scan in 2014, which discovered the huge cancer tumor.
The tumor was located in the frontal temporal lobe of the brain, which is responsible for speaking, problem solving and part of the personality.
Mrs. Wardle had unconsciously thought her attacks were anxiety attacks. According to the mother of the five, doctors had believed that her breathing problems and muscle shaking were the result of university stress and motherhood. Recently pictured with a wig on
In August 2018, Wardle was destroyed to get a class 3 cancer diagnosis, more surgery and treatment that caused hair loss (photo)
Mrs. Wardle began to worry about her & # 39; anxiety attacks & # 39; when her muscles became stiff and began to shake. Pictured, her head and scar after hair loss
On March 24, 2014, Wardle had surgery to remove the tumor and subsequently received chemotherapy.
But in August 2018, Wardle was completely devastated when she was told again that she had cancer – this time a grade three brain tumor that needed more treatment.
This time, on August 14, 2018, she had an awake craniotomy or & # 39; awake brain surgery & # 39; during which the patient was conscious during the operation.
This is the preferred technique for removing tumors close to or on important parts of the brain, as it allows doctors to continuously test the function of the patient, especially before they remove anything.
She said: & # 39; I was told to wake up when surgeons removed it, which was frightening.
Mrs. Wardle, pictured in the hospital with friends and family before undergoing surgery, said she was terrified that her brain surgery would wake up
Mrs. Wardle, pictured for the operation with a swollen face caused by the brain tumor, tries to stay positive for her five children
& # 39; Waking up during the second operation was the worst experience of my life – but the team was great.
& # 39; It was knowing that a wrong move could cause a stroke or brain haemorrhage. & # 39;
But Wardle, whose eldest daughter, Grace, is 12, said that since then she has struggled with her speech and movement and has never been able to finish her nursing education.
She said: & # 39; It was heartbreaking when I heard that my tumor returned shortly after the birth of my youngest Tommy-Jay, now two, last year.
& # 39; But I knew I had to be strong for my children Grace, Millie, Paige, Erin and my baby Tommy-Jay, and I knew I had to keep fighting.
& # 39; My oldest is struggling a lot because there is not much help for children trying to lose a parent so young. & # 39;
Mrs. Wardle has undergone radiotherapy and chemotherapy, causing her to lose her hair, but has tried to focus on the most important thing in her life – her children.
She said: I know that I will never be completely free of my tumor, which I have called Timmy, but I intend to enjoy my children every moment.
& # 39; My mother always told me that I felt brave; about how to resist a storm.
& # 39; Through these experiences I have become the storm – I am determined and enjoy the life I have. & # 39;
CAN YOU HAVE BRAIN SURGERY DURING WAKE UP?
An awake brain surgery, also known as an awake craniotomy, is a type of operation where a person must be alert while under the knife.
An awake craniotomy can be performed to treat a tumor in a part of the brain that controls vision, movement or speech.
It ensures that the surgeon treats the right part of the brain, while reducing the risk of damage to the region that controls language, speech and motor skills.
It may be difficult to determine these areas before surgery, while awake surgery allows a surgeon to know in which parts of the brain these functions are controlled so that they can be avoided.
The procedure starts with a patient using medication that makes him sleepy before drugs are applied to the scalp.
The doctor will then remove part of the skull to reach the brain.
Sedative medication is stopped during the operation to awaken the patient.
The patient can then be asked questions, told to move, count or identify photos from a card.
This helps the surgeon to & # 39; functional & # 39; identify and avoid parts of the brain.
Some of the risks include:
- Vision, speech or learning difficulties
- Epileptic attacks
- Poor balance or coordination
- Leaking spinal fluid
- Weak muscles
Source: Mayo Clinic
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