Mum is ‘robbed’ of the time she spent with her kids after doctors concluded that headaches were sinus infections – Liverpool Echo

Mum is 'robbed' of the time she spent with her kids after doctors concluded that headaches were sinus infections - Liverpool Echo

A mom was told that her frequent headaches were due to a sinus infection, but she is taking chemotherapy and claims she’s been ‘robbed’ from watching her children develop.

Jennifer Roscoe, 39, was suffering with intense headaches as well as “feeling in a trance” and then one day she realized that the “lights are too intense” at work and she needed to leave home. Her St Helens mum went to her GP and was quickly told she was suffering from an infection in her sinuses and was referred to an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist in the private hospital.

For over the following six months Jennifer continued to be back and seeking help from her GP since she was experiencing “agony”. On the weekend of a bank holiday in the year 2019, her pain was so severe that she had to consult an emergency doctor, who prescribed a specific migraine medication. However, it was not working.

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Then , in June 2019, she was referred for an appointment at A&E in Whiston because the pain was “unbearable” and the left hand of her was completely numb. A scan revealed she was suffering from an brain tumour called a glioblastoma (GBM) brain tumor.

According to ECHO mother-of-two told the ECHO: “I was at the moment where they were telling me to forget about it and move on, but I kept the diary and it was only getting worse. One day , I drove my daughter to school and it was locked , so I began crying. The staff inquired about what was going on and I replied that I didn’t even know it was open. I was actually sick.

Jennifer Roscoe

“That weekend, it got unbearable, and my husband drove my to A&E. It was busy and they requested me to return back the following day. I did. They wanted me to stay as the doctor on call was looking to see me. I was glad that they informed me, as I was aware of what was wrong with me, however my husband was heartbroken because his father had just died from cancer.”

The next day, Jennifer had surgery at the Walton Centre in Liverpool where they removed the entire cancer. But in April 2022 the MRI scan revealed that the cancer was growing back in three different locations which was an “huge backlash”.

The mom is currently being treated with chemotherapy and encourages people to be aware of the warning signs. Since March is the awareness month for brain tumours, Jennifer is bravely sharing her experience.

She stated: “Health professionals do need to treat people with respect. I was treated as an unprofessional person who was complaining about nothing. I’m not one of those people because I have a very high threshold for pain.

Jennifer along with her husband David and two children Emmy as well as Aria

“Don’t just sit and do nothing about it. Seek out the health of those that have had a medical diagnosis, and seek out answers.”

When speaking to Brain Tumour Research, Jennifer stated: “This brain tumour has taken away my hope of growing old. It’s devastating as there’s so much that I wish to be a part of in my daughters life, like watching them grow up and meet the first girlfriends and even having the chance to have their own kids.”

Based on the Brain Tumour Research charity, brain tumours kill more kids and adults who are younger than the age of 40 than any other type of cancer. The most common symptoms are:

  • Continuing nausea, vomiting
  • Extreme or sudden drowsiness
  • Earrings that ring or hearing loss
  • Unknown twitches in the limbs or face
  • Seizures
  • I was able to appear lost in a dream for a brief period
  • Confusion
  • Balance issues
  • Apathy or numbness in the legs or arms in particular, particularly if the condition is getting worse and eventually leading to paralysis
  • The feeling of weakness or numbness is felt in the part of the face in which case the muscles are weakened just a little
  • Apathy or weakness in one part of your body which can cause stumbling or in a lack of coordination
  • Changes in behavior or personality
  • Memory impairment or mental capacity It could be delicate at first.
  • Sensory changes, like smell
  • Probleme with writing, speech or drawing
  • Distraction or difficulty in concentration
  • Sleep patterns can change

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