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Brain Tumour

Postby Rache » Mon Oct 17, 2011 2:56 pm

My gorgeous SIL has been diagnosed with a large grade 2 brain tumour.

She is 36 and only gave birth to a lovely little boy four weeks ago. She already has two children aged 11 and 7.

She started fitting in the night two weeks ago and thats how it has been diagnosed.

She is due for operation on Thursday and is so scared (as we all are). she is petrified that she will end up with brain damage after the operation and won't be there to see her kids grow up.

This has totally shattered the family and I just wondered whether anyone has any experience of this and words of wisdom for me x
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Postby Kasha » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:02 pm

No experience Rache, just wanted to send you lots of love xxx
What a shock for you all, I hope the op is a success xx

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Postby hannahboo » Mon Oct 17, 2011 3:17 pm

No experience or advice Rache, but wanted to send hugs to you and all your family :cry:

My good friend is in a similar position although she won't find out until tomorrow what is wrong as all she has been told so far is that something has shown on the MRI scan she had last week :(
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Postby thebuzz » Mon Oct 17, 2011 4:48 pm

Oh how awful Rache, so sorry to hear the news.

Is it malignant or benign? I suppose they wont know yet til after the op?

A friend of parents had a similar thing happen. He had an op and then radiotherapy, even though it was benign. They told him it was so slow growing he would lead a long and happy life. Unfortunately for him it didn't out very well but apparently if it's benign or slow growing then the outlook can be very good.

Do keep us updated

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Postby Lucinda » Mon Oct 17, 2011 7:41 pm

So sorry to hear this - no experience of it, but wishing you all the best x
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Postby Rache » Mon Oct 17, 2011 8:08 pm

Thanks girls - it really helped me to get it off my chest.

it looks like to is malignant and she will need some further treatment. We're offering to move into their house so we can look after the 3 kids (and our Pops). Really need to feel like we are doing something x
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Postby hope07 » Tue Oct 18, 2011 6:41 pm

thoughts with you SIL and your family xxx
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Postby Mrs Wilko » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:12 pm

oh my goodness Rache how devastating for you all.

Much love, luck and prayers to you all and I'm sure they'll really appreciate you doing something, especially looking after everyone so they can concentrate on dealing with it.

Take care of yourself too though.

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Postby Sunnyday » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:54 pm

Sorry to hear your news. I have some experience as I am a specialist nurse for children with brain tumours.

Has she had a biopsy or are they making a provisional diagnosis from the scan?

Feel free to pm me if you have questions. Wishing you all the best for Thursday.
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Postby Tinker » Thu Oct 20, 2011 1:28 pm


This happened to some friends of ours a few years ago - don't know detail of size or type of tumor but she started fitting and that is how they found out. She was operated on and is doing really well 3 years later - so hoping and praying for you it has a good end.

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Postby wellington » Fri Oct 21, 2011 4:28 pm

Outlook certainly can be good. Try not to carastrophise until you know whats really going on. In my experience its helpful to stuff for people - not ask the things, just do it. Get them a bagful of stuff from the supermarket, turn up and take her kids out for an afternoon, mop her kitchen floor and clean the bathroom while they are at the hospital. You are asked to make so many decisions and plans that making more is just too exhausting, but IRS more than lovely just to find things are done, no thinking necessary. Of corurse, this could be just me, but a bagful of shopping is unlikely to actually offend anyone, even if the don't really want it! Buy cake and simple food with not much prep needed.

Brain tumours can be nasty, but they can also be recovered from. Hope for the best and try not to assume the worst. Best wishes.
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