A headache can be more than a nuisance. 

Emily Corrigan, 28-year-old mother of four from Watford, England, was surprised to learn her mild headaches were caused by a brain tumor

Corrigan woke up in fear and shock in intensive care in July 2015, unaware her partner Stewart Wilson, had found her past out in bed the night before, according to The Sun
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Doctors discovered the problem was a grade two astrocytoma brain tumor, reports The Sun. 

Corrigan soon underwent a craniotomy, which required removing part of her skull and left her with a scar spanning her entire hairline. 

"It was awful to be told I had a tumour, my world was turned upside down within a day - and then a couple of weeks later I had a chunk of my skull removed," Corrigan told The Sun.

According to the Cancer Research UK, the type of brain tumor Corrigan was diagnosed with is a slow growing tumor. Statistics show more than 40% of people diagnosed with a grade 2 astrocytoma survive for 10 years or more. 
 
While in recovery, Corrigan was surprised to discover brain tumor research is significantly underfunded. She took to Facebook in order to make a difference.

"I decided to do the [Facebook] post to grab people's attention, a picture speaks a thousand words and I wanted to shock them - I wanted people to know having a brain tumour is worse than they think," Corrigan told The Sun.

The picture Corrigan chose was of her scar. Dark railroad track-like thread stretches from ear to ear, tattooing the brave cancer survivor with a constant reminder of her tumor. 

"I was embarrassed of my scar and I think a lot of people assumed it was much smaller than it actually was," Corrigan told The Sun.  

Posted on January 26, 2016, the Facebook post has gone viral, being shared nearly 19,000 times. 

Corrigan begins her post with a statistic that brain tumors kill more people under the age of 40, including children, than any other type of cancer. 

According to the American Brain Tumor Association, there are nearly 700,000 people in the U.S. living with a primary brain and central nervous system tumor. This year alone, nearly 17,000 people will lose their lives to an unforgiving and relentless tumor. 

In her post, Corrigan tells her story and those of other brain tumor victims. 

"I've met parents who've lost children, parents who knew they are going to die before they see their children grow up, and far too many young people fight brain tumors," she wrote on Facebook. 

She then makes a plea for all types of cancer, including brain cancer, to receive equal funding opportunities. Corrigan explains exactly why, writing, "If my tumor was anywhere else in my body, I would have been given either radiotherapy, chemo or both. But the brain is so sensitive to these therapies, it's not used until absolutely necessary as it can cause more tumors elsewhere in the brain." 

Corrigan's ultimate aim with her Facebook post is to shock people into signing a petition that will require Parliament to review the cancer budget and distributed more fairly, funds designated for cancer research. 

The petition needed 100,000 signatures by February 3, and reached an astounding 120,128. 


Brain tumours kill more under 40's including children then any other cancer. Yet they don't get the funding or exposure...

Posted by Emily Corrigan on Martes, 26 de enero de 2016