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Victoria And Her Meningioma Story

Victoria And Her Meningioma Story

Victoria Bradley was diagnosed with a meningioma in June 2017.

Victoria had been suffering from focal seizures and speech problems leading up to her diagnosis. Through brain surgery, they were able to remove the tumour entirely. They told Victoria that the tumour was a third of the size of the left of her brain yet were able to fully removed it and no sign of recurrence. But, due to the location of the surgery, she has been left with some problems yet it has not stopped her becoming a hypnotherapist and meditation teacher now.

Here is the story of Victoria and her Meningioma.

Hi Victoria, how are you doing now since your brain surgery?

I have good and bad days, I still have focal and tonic-clonic seizures and have fatigue a lot, the worst thing about it all is the fear of having a seizure.

You can find out more about my original diagnosis here on my blog: The beginning of Amos. 

She had been suffering from focal seizures and speech problemsWhen did you start your blog?

I started my blog about a week after I was diagnosed.

What is your blog about?

It's about what's happening in my life. What I do to try and get a form of normality. Changes I've made to my diet. And the effect it's all had on my life.

What motivates you to blog?

I started it as more of a diary to remember what was going on.

What is the hardest thing being a blogger (if any)?

When I'm having down days or weeks what thoughts and feelings I should include or avoid.

What motivates you?

My new business, because the blog has become a part of my website and I want people to see that even a person who has been classed as medically unfit to work can use self-determination to do something.


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Who is your personal hero or are your heroes?

My Dad has always been my hero, he was the most amazing man I've ever been lucky to have in my life, I miss him every day. In addition, my daughters, I don't know what I did to be so lucky to have these incredible and strong young women and finally my wonderful grandchildren.

My daughters regularly save my life physically but the children save me mentally, they make me laugh when it feels like there's no laughter left

What would you say is the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?

I abseiled down a very tall building for charity and I worked in the travel industry and been lucky to meet amazing people and see amazing places

What is the toughest challenge survivors face?

Fear of the unknown and fear of the future

Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?

Get involved with brain tumour support groups who can be a huge support and often point you in the right direction, write things down, questions and answers, accept the help you are offered

Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything?

I am allergic to pineapple, this isn't unknown and is just about the only thing I do remember after I've had a seizure. I am determined to not let this beat me, my favourite colour is yellow because it's the colour of sun (my grandchildren do know this, they remind me if I'm having a down day)

What is next on your agenda?

Building my business, since my surgery I studied at home and am now a qualified hypnotherapist and meditation teacher. I have created my website for people to purchase and download meditation and hypnosis sessions and use them at home, hypnosis can be daunting and expensive, my recordings are a lot cheaper and easier to use for people who some days can't leave their own homes for many reasons naturallycalmtherapy.co.uk

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Conclusion

Victoria shows how even though we can't stop challenges in our lives, we can still surround ourselves with the right tools to make it easier. Self-determination is an amazing medicine in itself, and we can learn things that not only help ourselves but others also.

Can you relate to Victoria and her Meningioma story?


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My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess

My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess

My Brain Tumour Left Me In A Mess. I know we all have trials, some more than others. But God loves me, and He is always there for me.

Carol Vaughan is one of the strongest people I know!

In July 2016 I had the pleasure of interviewing Carol on my radio show. She talked about her experience with her brain tumour diagnosis and all the operations she has had to overcome.

On the 28th July 2008, Carol went to a courthouse for jury duty and was excused early. When she was going back to her car, she fell on the ramp. Because she fell, someone coming to her aid called the ambulance. In the ER after a CT scan, they found a brain tumour. Listen here to hear Carol's original interview.

Now 2 years on Carol Shares where she is now with her recovery.

Hi Carol, How are you feeling now 10 years on from your diagnosis. Are you struggling with anything since your diagnoses and recovery?

Not too good. Barely getting around. I have scoliosis and went in for a “routine” injection in March 2017 and got numbness, nerve pain and “drop foot”. Still dealing with it.

Have to use a cane and walker.

We all have trials, some more than others

I have been struggling with depression. You can't even imagine having to look at yourself every day in the mirror with a deformed head

I still have no bone flap and can't have any more surgeries. Nothing I can do about it.

Every time I had an operation I got an infection. (12 or more-surgeries, I have lost count)

I now have Frontal Lobe Syndrome. I will have to deal with this the rest of my life.

What has motivated you while you go through your trials this year?

My daughters are both getting married this spring. One in February, and the other in May.

What do you do in your life To Distract Yourself?

I just do the routine things…grocery store, pharmacy, doctor visit, read books, use Facebook.

What is the toughest challenge survivors face?

Dealing with the changes a brain tumour brings. Even if you have a brain tumour removed…anytime you have surgery on your brain you have Traumatic Brain Injury.

Any advice for people or loved ones that get daunting diagnoses?

Try to stay calm. Try not to get upset. I have my faith in God, and it gives me comfort, If I didn't have my faith in God, it would be tough.

Who are your personal heroes?

Any person that is dealing with trials and troubles and maintains an uplifting attitude.

What would you say is the most exciting thing you've done since your diagnosis?

Probably the 2 trips we took in 2015 and 2017. Met another meningioma survivor, Claudia Helecky and visited Reno and Old Sacramento. In 2017 we took two tours to Civil War Battlefield sites in Gettysburg and Antietam and other near there.

Tell us something about yourself that people probably didn’t know… anything?

I have survived death at least 2 times. I wasn't expected to live after my craniotomy in 2008. In 2015 I totalled our car on the freeway. Didn't hit anyone else-could has died very easily!

God protected me.

It is in Your strength, not mine – 1 Chronicle 16:11God loves me, and He is always there for me

You can listen to Carols Original Interview Here:

My Meningioma Changed My Life

Conclusion

I am so grateful to Carol for her bravery and being so open and honest with us about her struggles. Something I have learned over the past 10 years, that although some people are very lucky to not had any long-term problems from treatment or surgery. There are others who are on a continuous battle in living a somewhat normal life.

Do you have ongoing struggles?

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