A HR manager has told how she was diagnosed with low iron by doctors – before medics later discovered the terrifying truth.
Paige Gouge was suffering from headaches and seizures for several weeks – which was eventually found to be an incurable brain tumour.
The 26-year-old, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, says her life was quickly turned upside down after the deadly diagnosis in December.
Doctors concluded that her symptoms were the result of Stage Four glioblastoma multiforme, which generally carries a survival rate of 12 to 18 weeks.
The tumour on her left frontal love has seen Paige undergo brain surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and IVF treatment to freeze her eggs.
She also been told she cannot drive and been forced to stop work.
And now she says the late diagnosis has left and her family feeling “extremely disheartened.”
She told the BBC: “I know that with my amazing family and friends by my side I can get through this.
“I am determined to do so for them.”
After having surgery to remove the tumour, she added the cancer is almost guaranteed to return and normally does so within the first couple of years.
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Her fiancee, Taylor Allen, had since been desperately trying to find medical options to the disease – which previously killed her father, Mark, when she was six-years-old.
The couple believe she may have a “second chance at life” via specialist treatment in Germany and have set up a GoFundMe page for “ground-breaking treatment.”
Her beau Taylor says the treatment, costing £100,000, is a “glimmer of hope.”
Writing about her condition online, Paige said: “I was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour, the same tumour which sadly killed my father in June of 2000.
“Although the NHS has been incredible, due to this being a Grade 4 tumour, it’s almost guaranteed to return. Sadly it seems that the Standard of Care provided by the NHS isn’t enough to beat this disease, so we have had to start exploring alternative options.
What are the symptoms of a brain tumour?
A brain tumour is a lump in the brain which is caused when brain cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled way.
According to the NHS, the symptoms of a brain tumour depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected.
However, there are common signs that people can look out for if they are worried.
The most common signs of a brain tumour include severe, non-stop headaches and seizures.
Nausea, vomiting and drowsiness are also often symptoms.
Other signs can include vision or speech problems, paralysis, and even changes to a person’s behaviour such as having difficulty remembering things.
“After months of research and many consultations, we have found groundbreaking treatment in Germany which could give me a second chance at life.
“Sadly this treatment is very expensive, so we have no option but to do everything we can as a family to raise the money and get me this extremely important treatment which I desperately need.
“The treatment is essentially a personalised vaccine made from parts of my tumour which will help my immune system to recognise the foreign cancer cells and destroy them.
“Luckily, I have some favourable mutations in my tumour, which should make this treatment even more effective, which is why we are so certain this is the best avenue to go down.”
Paige’s brother Ryan Gouge said he is now set to run next years London Marathon in an effort to raise money for brain tumour research.
Online he wrote: ”Paige is currently going through treatment, and for someone so young showing so much fight and belief, it is truly my inspiration to do my bit.
“I know she is going to kick cancers’ a**.”