Hi, my name is Claire Bullimore and the founder of Aunty M Brain Tumours. Why the heck would I want to get involved with brain tumours? Well, because being told you or your loved one has a brain tumour is a life-changing event.
I was told I had a brain tumour in 2008 when I was 25. After months of being misdiagnosed and suffering from terrible headaches, change in my personality and my behaviour.
I was getting very confused and forgetful, terrible ringing in my ears. Nausea, vomiting, visual disturbances and my speech was not correct. I was saying the wrong words.
In May 2008 I was diagnosed with a 10cm Intraventricular Meningioma and had to go through surgery to have it removed. I know the struggles that come with this devastating diagnosis and the life-changing effect it can have on a persons life.
I started Aunty M Brain Tumours on the 23rd May 2011. It was my 3rd Cranniversary. I wanted to celebrate my 3rd year since my brain surgery (craniotomy) and start something new.
I set up a Facebook page to connect with others. This grew and I was soon on a number of other social media platforms with over 14,000 followers. In 2013 I was invited to be a radio presenter on a local station which was via podcast and was able to have a show dedicated to people affected by a brain tumour.
I was interviewing people affected by a brain tumour in some way and interviewing clinicians. Listen to some HERE
You can also find many interviews on this blog and be inspired by others HERE
To show I am not just talking the talk, I also walk the walk. You can find me in a number of publications raising awareness of brain tumours. Such as The Guardian, The Sun, Choice Magazine, Best Magazine and Bella Magazine.
Aunty M Brain Tumours has evolved over time and now is a social platform around the world.
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You can connect with others online and also help raise awareness of brain tumours by sharing your personal stories and getting involved with brain tumour campaigns.
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History of Aunty M Brain Tumours?
I set up Aunty M Brain Tumours in 2011 because on my own journey I felt very alone, I never heard or met anybody who understood about brain tumours and post-surgery complications. Social media was only just getting going, and there were very few places to find support online for brain tumour sufferers, or survivors unless you searched the web really hard.
Why Do I Interview People About Their Stories?
When I left education I went into recruitment as a Resourcer. I was the person reading through people’s CV’s and matching them with the right jobs. I would need to interview candidates and tidy up there resumes. So, interviewing people comes naturally to me. I am inspired every day by the people I meet and hear their stories.
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