Claire Bullimore Brain Tumour Story

11 Things You Need To Do If You Have Survived A Brain Tumour


Once you have left the hospital and are sent home with several drugs and a few letters saying you will be sent to a rehabilitation centre in due course. It can feel very frightening.

You are being taken care of in hospital 24/7, but when you leave the hospital, nobody gives you a ‘How-To Guide’.

I have walked the walk myself, and I know what I wished I knew back then to lessen the stress of the whole thing.

You can read my entire story HERE

Here are 11 Things You Need To Know If You Have Survived A Brain Tumour to give you a heads-up on what may help you going forward waiting for recovery.

  1. Facebook Groups

Social Media can be really great to connect with friends and find out what is happening in their world but, it also has Facebook Groups where there are several Brain Tumour Community Groups.

My Top Facebook Group  Suggestions Free Download  

  1. Freedom Pass

Check with your GP if you are now entitled to free public travel. In London where I am, I have a Freedom pass in certain areas. I am now partially blind. Depending on the disability you may have post-surgery, You can get a form from your local council. I can’t tell you how beneficial this has been for me financially

  1. Free Meds

If you are now on seizure medication, you may be entitled to Free Medication.  This can be for a number of disabilities if you are on something long term. The hospital and my GP never told me that. I found out 3 years later from my local Pharmacist. This way you can save your money on prescriptions as I did. Use the money to buy some cookie dough, Ben and Jerry!

(If you are on a lot of tablets, try getting some Tablet Holders online)

  1. Ways To Help With Speech Problems

My surgery incision was on the left side of my head, one of the parts of my brain that was affected was my speech. When I first tried to speak I couldn’t get any words out, I had trouble finding, words. When I did say a word, it was nothing to do with the word I was trying to say. This doesn’t happen to everyone. It depends on where the operation has been done.

Your memory will get better over time, and you will more than likely see a speech therapist. I definitely had some excellent Claire-isms. I’d try to say ‘Can I have some Po-po cops’ instead of ‘Can I have some coco pops’. I still 10 years on, call my shoes “my feet”.

“where are my feet”

I get quietly excited if I can say a word with over 3 syllables in it. Building up vocabulary is always getting better.

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11 Things You Need To Know If You Have Survived A Brain Tumour

  1. Ways To Help With Memory Issues

My memory was terrible when I came out of surgery. Take a recorder or take somebody with you for all appointments, so you don’t forget the conversation later. If you are taking a recorder (use a Free App), you must tell the doctor you are using it.

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  1. Ideas To Keep Busy while stuck at home

When you are bored, and that will happen, which gives you time to overthink things and that can spiral into depression, or you become completely unmotivated. When we have been given what feels like a 2nd chance at life. We need to make sure we start with the right mindset.

Try some of these great ideas, depending on your situation and how much you are able to do. Never overdo things, just do things at your time. – Click Here

  1. Be Inspired by these books, eBooks, or Audiobooks

A way to inspire you may be to read other people’s stories. Inspiring, Real and Honest accounts.

Stories by People From All Over The World! who heard the words, ‘You Have A Brain Tumour.’

These books may be helpful to people newly diagnosed and to family, friends who want to understand more.

Read my top suggestions HERE

  1. Confidence Building with CBT

Look online about Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. It is a talking and practical therapy where you change your thought process which may be causing your anxiety or anger or a number of personal struggles since your diagnosis. Find Out More Here

  1. Be kind to yourself.

While you try to come to terms with everything. Cry at any opportunity to get the overwhelming feeling out of you. Do it into a pillow quietly or find your best confidante to talk about it. From my own experience, I just shut myself off from the world and reached out to God and to my 2 besties.

  1. Seek counselling

If you are struggling to deal with life and struggling to talk about it to family or friends, seek counselling. It was one of the best things I ever did.

  1. Brain Tumour Information.

It is not signposted from the hospital what to do next, and you may be left thinking, what now! I highly suggest you look at one of these charities which have loads of information.

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Do Adult Colouring Books Really Help With Stress?

Adult Colouring Books After Brain Surgery

Do adult colouring books really help with stress and anxiety?

We all know how tedious it can be when you are stuck at home recovering from an operation or illness.

When you go home after treatment, you need to keep busy so as not to go crazy from boredom or overthinking your situation too much. Too many questions and thoughts go flying about in your mind, and you make yourself sick with worry.

I started using adult colouring books after I heard about them in a programme on tv. I was struggling with reading and writing post surgery, I was able to draw while winding down listening to music on in the background. Normally some Sam Smith or James Arthur.

The first book I came across was Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland: A Colouring Book Adventure.

See if it works for you. There are loads on Amazon and they are cheaper there than in shops. You don’t have to take my word for it. I asked people on the Facebook Group to see if anyone else used them.

Here was the response:

“Yes. I have an adult one with some awesome words in lol. It was my Christmas present. Plus I get involved when the girls colour, I love it myself really. Shhhh”

“Yes took them to the hospital with me also”

“Yes! I love them so much”

Let me know how you get on if you try Adult Colouring?

So why not have a look at what is available and maybe have a go, it really is very therapeutic. Here Are Some Adult Colour Books You Can Get Your Own:


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