The partner of a woman who passed away aged just 33 following a battle with a rarely discussed brain tumour says more information needs to be made available so the public are aware of the condition.
Lucy Smith was originally told by doctors that the bad headaches she were experiencing could be combatted by taking painkillers and avoiding light, but it soon became apparent to Lucy that her headaches were something more serious.
Her partner, Christopher Baggaley (33), said: “She began to pass out quite a lot and on one occasion she called me but I couldn’t understand what she was saying at all.
“I called an ambulance for her and she was taken to the Pilgrim Hospital in Boston where they did a scan and found something that needed to be checked.
“From there, Lucy was taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and a few days later they operated to remove the 6cm gliomas.
“Following a biopsy on it, they found she had cancer.”
Lucy underwent six weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but found that she began to struggle with chronic back pain.
Christopher said: “She told her consultant about the pain and they said that this was normal following the treatment she had gone through – she was already in a wheelchair.
“Eventually, following more visits to doctors, it turned out that the cancer had spread to her spine and she was told that she had three months to live.
“A week later she passed away – I was naive I suppose in thinking that once the tumour had been removed she would be fine.
“Something needs to be done to raise more awareness as people need to know.”
Lucy’s first operation was in early February and she passed away only five months later, leaving her two sons Luke and Joseph behind, along with her partner, Chris, and the rest of her family.
Mourners at Lucy’s funeral later this month will be asked to donate money to Headcase Cancer Trust, which is a charity set up specifically to provide information and support to those who are going through what Lucy and her family did.
They say: “Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM) brain tumours are the most common and most deadly type of brain tumour, killing around 5,000 people each year in the UK - five times more than all the other 130 types of brain tumour put together.
“Average life expectancy with a GBM, from diagnosis, is a mere 14 months.”