UK woman had brain tumour for 10 years, thought her symptoms were just tiredness

Emily Corrigan was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015.
Emily Corrigan was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2015. Photo credit: Caters

A woman's brain tumour went undetected for a decade, as she thought she was just tired due to being a busy mother-of-four.

UK woman Emily Corrigan, 32, was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of an orange in 2015 - 10 years after it first started growing. 

She said she dismissed dizziness, fatigue and headaches in the years before the tumour was found, and thought it was just tiredness from dealing with four young children.

Now she's sharing her story to raise awareness about not ignoring extreme tiredness.

"I just ignored it because I knew I was tired and thought it was normal for a mum of young kids to feel like that," she told Caters.

She said she now realises the signs were obvious.

"I was getting terrible flashing pains in my head and was very tired."

She told Caters she also put on weight, but continued to convince herself nothing was wrong.

It wasn't until she had a seizure that the tumour was discovered.

"It's been so hard and has taken a huge toll on us all," she told Caters.

A GoFundMe page was created to support Corrigan and her family while she has surgery has raised more than NZ$900.

"As her close friends we want to help Emily find some ease with her treatment and give her a break through these hard times, where she can focus on her family and spend those precious moments together," the page says.


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