Rachae Carter, 46, of Newport, Wales, had surgery to expose the tumor before suffering two devastating family tragedies

A mother who believed stress was causing her headache was put into a coma after doctors found a brain tumor that had been growing for at least five years

Rachel Carter, 46, had felt tired, forgetful, and suffered from headaches and thought it was because of her stressful job

However, shortly after returning home from a vacation in Tunisia, the Newport mother of two had a seizure and was rushed to hospital, where she was placed in an induced coma

She told Wales Online: “My job involved a lot of driving and being away from home. It was a busy, stressful role and when I started suffering from fatigue and headaches in 2019 I thought it was work-related.” p>

“I also became forgetful and had trouble sleeping, but it wasn’t until June of this year that I realized that something much more serious was going on

Doctors at Royal Gwent Hospital found a “shadow” on the front of her brain and she was taken to University Hospital of Wales. She then developed an anaplastic astrocytoma 3 Degree diagnosed

“I was told it could have grown between five and eight years,” she said

Rachael, mother of two children, ages 12 and 11, was born on Jan. Surgery to expose the tumor before suffering two devastating family tragedies

“It was a terrible time as my father was sick at the time of my diagnosis and was on 9th September died a few days before my craniotomy

“His funeral was just a week after my brain surgery. It was horrible Plus it was so hard to explain everything to my kids

“My attention was drawn from the start that my prognosis was not good It is on average between two and five years

“It took me a while to speak openly about my illness, but I am learning to live with it and try to make the most of the time I have”

The family friend and RAF aircraft engineer Anthony Hard (36), who also fought a brain tumor, was killed, leaving behind his wife and two children

Most of Rachel’s brain tumor was removed, but her surgeon said it would likely grow back

After surgery, she received 31 daily radiation therapy sessions at the Velindre Cancer Center in Cardiff In early 2020, she began seven months of chemotherapy

Rachael said, “Radiation therapy really made me sick. Christmas 2019 was a write-off. Chemotherapy made my hair fall out and suffered a lot of illness. I take medication for epilepsy which luckily prevented me from having any more seizures

“One of the worst things for me was quitting the job. Physically and mentally, I am just unable to do the job I did before. Thankfully the company was brilliant and I’m still with them I am really grateful for your support ”

Rachael is now participating in a fundraiser to help her 10th birthday with her friend Michelle HucklePerforming 000 steps per day for brain tumor research

Rachael added: “Aside from walking, exercise has fallen by the wayside since I was diagnosed with a brain tumor. I have been homeschooling our two children since March 2020 while I undergo cancer treatment and need to protect myself. because I was classified as vulnerable

“It was tough and I felt cooped up most of the time. Fortunately, I have had great support from friends and family and received my first dose of the Covid vaccine which is a relief

“When I take on this challenge, I get the much-needed focus and there is something really positive about getting involved while also raising money for this very important cause”

Brain tumors kill more children and adults under 40 than any other cancer Historically, however, only 1% of national cancer research spending has been devoted to this devastating disease

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