A YOUNG mum diagnosed with a brain tumour is fund-raising for the charity which has been supporting her.
Emma Mosley from Warwick turned to Brainstrust for support after doctors discovered a tumour was growing behind her eye in November.
The mum-of-one says her meningioma tumour – which is often benign – is currently being monitored as the benefits of an operation would not yet outweigh the risks.
But in time the tumour could cause seizures, due to the pressure on Emma’s brain, as well as eye problems.
Emma said: “It is a touch scary to find out you have something growing inside your head that shouldn’t be. The anxiety about how badly something is wrong, and what could go wrong with your health with it being there takes a while to get your head around – if you pardon the pun.
“Also the thought that I may well need such a serious operation in future is quite daunting. The charity Brainstrust have been absolutely amazing from the word go.”
The charity has sent Emma a ‘brain box’ containing information, advice on discussing the condition, books which help explain the condition to children and a diary-style book.
The social media manager said: “The wealth of information contained in the ‘brain box’ was amazing and I am so grateful to have received it. What astounded me as well, was the little extras they’d put in there too. A cup of tea each for me and my fiance. Some shower gel and lip balm for a little luxury for me. And for Little C (her daughter) some beautiful hand-knitted cuddly toys.”
Emma also has a support worker always on hand to answer her questions who has also helped her arrange for a second opinion.
She added: “Being seen on the NHS is fantastic and great, but there is not much practical or emotional support. Sometimes I’m told to go and ‘Google’ things, and sometimes I’m told not to. However as a human being, I’m naturally curious to understand everything that is going on, and also what may or may not be ahead.”
Emma is holding a family fun event at Chase Meadow Community Centre on Thursday March 12 from 4pm to 6pm.
There will be tea, cake, arty activities, a lucky dip and a raffle.
Emma is also on the lookout for volunteers to bake and to help with the event as well as raffle prizes.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details and search ‘Emma Mosley Brainstrust’ on Justgiving.com to donate to Emma’s cause.