Podcast: My Sphenoid Wing Meningioma Removal Left me with Hemiplegia

Welcome back to another inspiring episode of Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show! Today, we sit down with the courageous Leander Stones as she shares her remarkable story of battling a brain tumour, where the removal of her Sphenoid Wing Meningioma left her with Hemiplegia. Join us as Leander opens up about her life-changing experience and the strength she found in the face of adversity.

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Episode Highlights:

The Unconventional Diagnosis:

Leander recounts the unconventional path to her diagnosis. With atypical symptoms and misinterpretation as a breakdown, she finally received clarity through an MRI, revealing the presence of a sphenoid wing meningioma.

A Ray of Relief:

Upon learning the truth about her condition, Leander experienced a mixture of emotions. Although confronting, the diagnosis brought a sense of relief, as she realized her experiences were not a result of going mad, but rather an actual medical condition.

Slow-Growing Tumour and Surgery:

Medical professionals suggested that the tumour had been growing slowly for approximately 20 years. Leander takes us through the journey of her surgery, the pre-surgery tests, and her ultimate experience of post-surgical left-sided weakness and hemiplegia.

Coping with Post-Surgery Challenges:

Rehabilitation became a crucial aspect of Leander’s journey as she sought to regain her mobility. Claire dives into the support Leander received during her rehabilitation process and the goals she set for herself.

Finding Support and Connection:

Leander opens up about her quest to find understanding and support through challenging times. She shares her experiences with joining support groups like Brainstrust and BTRS, where she found a sense of camaraderie and counsel.

The Search for Similar Experiences:

Despite finding support, Leander yearns to connect with someone who has faced similar struggles—a female with left-sided paralysis due to a brain tumour. Claire commends her openness and determination in seeking a relatable connection.


In this captivating episode, Leander Stones inspires us with her unwavering determination and resilience in the face of a life-altering diagnosis. Tune in to the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show and be inspired by Leander’s incredible journey of defying the odds.

Thank you for joining us today. If you found Leander’s story as inspiring as we did, don’t forget to subscribe and share this episode with others who may benefit from her remarkable journey. Stay tuned for more empowering stories on the Aunty M Brain Tumours Talk Show. See you next time!

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