A mum-of-two who became “confused” about her whereabouts while at the supermarket has been given a year to live.
Louise Hulme, 48, was initially told she was suffering from migraines after reporting to the GP with several severe headaches.
Mum-of-two Louise, who used to work out at the gym five days a week, was prescribed pain killers but just a month or so later things turned for the worst.
She was out shopping for New Year sales when she had had an onset of a severe headache and became confused about her whereabouts, the Liverpool Echo reports.
She was taken straight to her local hospital, and after some tests, Louise was given the heartbreaking news on January 3 that she has a brain tumour.
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Louise was operated on less than three weeks later at The Walton Centre , where 90 per cent of the tumour was removed.
Despite this being a successful operation, it was later confirmed by oncologists that Louise had stage 4 brain cancer, with a life expectancy of around 12 to 14 months.
Throughout the next year, Louise underwent radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but in January of 2021 the family received the devastating news that the tumour had grown in size, and no further surgery options in the UK were available.
Louise’s husband of 27 years, Kev, from Warrington said: “Louise and I met aged 11 when we were both at Padgate High School, and we have been together ever since.
“We now have two grown-up children – Charlotte, 24, and James, 18.
“Louise went to the gym five days a week and I would have described her as extremely fit, so we were absolutely devastated to get that news. How do you tell the kids? That was the most upsetting thing.
“The doctors refer to it as ‘the beast of cancers.’ They removed as much of the tumour as they could, but there’s not a cure anywhere in the world.
“Typically in these cases the person will live for another 12 to 14 months, though a small percentage can survive for as much as five years.
“Louise’s age and fitness were positives but not guarantees that this would be longer. She had lost partial sight in one eye as a result of the tumour.”
During lockdown, Kev carried out extensive research and came across the Ivy Brain Tumour Centre in Phoenix, Arizona, where they are conducting trail-blazing trials in trying to find a cure for brain cancer.
The family’s only hope now is for Louise to travel there to undergo trials to see if the treatment they offer is successful.
Kev, 47, said: “The NHS neurosurgeons and oncologists have been fantastic. I’ve been everywhere, including Harley Street in London and The Christie in Manchester, but there is nothing else over here that is available and they are not prepared to operate on Louise.
“I will do absolutely anything to give her the best chance I can. Louise was found to be a perfect candidate for the experimental trials they are carrying out at the Brain Tumour Centre, although there’s no guarantee they will be successful.
“If the treatment can extend her life by seven years, there may have got further towards a cure by that time.”
The cost of the surgery is $162,000 – roughly the equivalent of £117,000 – before flights, transport and accommodation, and would require a nine-week stay in Phoenix.
Kev said he was doing everything he could to raise the necessary funds, including by borrowing money.
A fundraising page, which was set up only a few days ago, has already raised a staggering £47,150 as of Monday – including a donation from one of Louise’s aunties of £5,000.
Kev said: “We’re hoping to go over there for the trial in the next few weeks because time is something we do not have a lot of. We’re genuinely overwhelmed by the response.
“My main hope in the short-term is that Louise will still be around to see our daughter get married next year, and our son turn 21.”