Michelle Baker, a mum of three from Peterborough was diagnosed with a Meningioma in February 2019. Since her brain tumour diagnosis, she has had three surgeries. She feels very lucky as she has had little to no side effects, she now has an online marketplace where you can find unique handmade gifts and a small percentage of costs go to The Brain Tumour Charity. This is her way to help others affected by a brain tumour.
Here is Michelle’s Story:
In 2019 I was having headaches, dizziness, tiredness, forgetfulness, difficulty speaking and weakness in my legs. After having some tests I was diagnosed with a Meningioma. On March 15th 2019, I underwent a craniotomy at Addenbrookes Hospital to remove the tumour, which was a success. The only problem I did have was swelling in my brain post-surgery and developed a cerebrospinal fluid leak (CSF).
In May 2019 I had a second surgery to help with the fluid problem. I had a drain fitted through my nose, which was unsuccessful. I went on to have a third surgery in July 2019, to put a shunt into my head to divert the leak to my stomach.
Thankfully now I am doing great and don’t need any more surgery. I feel I was really lucky. The whole experience has definitely made me a stronger person.
What is the toughest challenge survivors face?
Being strong is the hardest challenge. It’s an invisible illness so to everyone you look ‘ok’ but on the inside, there are lifelong scars. It’s an emotional battle that strikes every day that no one sees.
Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?
Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride, but you’ve got this, you can get through this, keep positive.
What motivates you?
100% my three children!! Two teenagers and a toddler. I’m a single mum and everything I do is to try and be a good role model for them.
Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know?
I am a classically trained ballet dancer and at the age of 11 and 12, I toured with the English National Ballet and was in the Nutcracker at the Royal Festival Hall in London.
Alongside my part-time job as an IT Trainer, being a mum to three amazing children, having an online market place, I also have a franchise business in Vegan Health and Wellbeing products. I try and promote a healthy living lifestyle that contributes to a healthy mind. The products have helped me with numerous health issues and I was able to continue working this business when I was recovering.
Tell us about Ingenious Gifts?
Ingeniousgifts.co.uk is an online market place, which we created from scratch after my surgery to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity. We are one of The Brain Tumour Charity corporate partners and donate a % from every sale to the charity.
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