My headaches weren't going away

Wednesday 3 October, 2012 by Vivian

When I was 12, it was August 2011. I started to have headaches but they weren't too bad so I didn't think anything about it. I started my 7th grade in the middle of the school year. When October came around my headaches weren't going away. I never liked to take medicine. I started to take Advil.

I was a very good student in school. I ran cross country for my school's team. When December came around my headaches were a lot worse, my vision was blurry, I was throwing up in the morning, I was passing out, it felt like my legs we're on fire.

One night, a week before Christmas, I woke up around 3am, and my head was killing me... and my legs were on fire (that's what it felt like). My nose wouldn't stop bleeding, and I was so sick to my stomach. I woke my mom and dad up. At first they were mad because they had to work the next morning and they didn't want to wake up in the middle of the night. And my mum turned her light on in the room, and saw what I looked like, and I could barely stand up straight because I was so dizzy. She called the emergency line for my doctor's office. They told her I needed to go to the emergency room, because something was wrong. So my mum and dad got up, and got in the car with me, and they took me to hospital and through to the emergency room.

Right away at the ER they took me back for a CT scan of my head. They came back 30 minutes later, to only bring bad news. They told me I had five brain tumours in my brain stem, and one big brain tumour on the top of my head. And I needed to be sent to a children's hospital.

So they sent me off and I went through the ER there and I met with a neurologist, neurosurgeon, and a oncologist. They admitted me into the hospital, where I was treated for 10 months. I went through chemotherapy, radiation and protein therapy. I had three brain surgeries. They told me my cancer was Astrocytoma Brain Cancer. This following September, I was cured from cancer. Thanks to the hospital!

If you or anyone you know has a brain tumour you may like to contact the Cancer Helpline on 132 11 20 and speak with an experienced cancer nurse who can offer you support and information specific to your situation.

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Updated: 03 Oct, 2012