Claire on symptoms

A woman called Claire sits with head tilted down. She is Caucasian, with red hair and wears a grey jumper.
A woman called Claire sits with head tilted down. She is Caucasian, with red hair and wears a grey jumper.

When Claire first started having headaches and dizzy spells, she didn’t think much of it. But her symptoms continued to get worse, until one day she collapsed at home.
Her husband, Tony, phoned an ambulance to take her to hospital, where she was later diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Claire's story

The first symptoms I had were more frequent headaches, that went on longer. I also started to have dizzy spells and slur, and then gradually over the weeks it got worse and I was actually feeling like I couldn’t stand up, so I’d sometimes fall over. These spells didn’t last very long. They were only 10, 15 seconds and then I’d feel okay again. So I didn’t really take any notice of it. 

Once, I had a funny turn when I was driving on the motorway. I had to pick my son and his girlfriend from Luton airport, and we were driving back and suddenly I couldn’t move my right foot at all – it wouldn't work. Afterwards, everybody said, 'I knew there was something wrong with you. I could see that you weren’t yourself.' I wasn’t really worried myself because I just thought, well, it can’t be anything serious. I’m fit, I’m healthy, I’ll be fine. I’ve always been that kind of person.

Three different GPs told me that it was just migraines, but eventually it got so bad that I collapsed at home.

Claire seated.

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Watch: all about Claire's experiences