Life can change from one moment to the next, where you least expect it. Paige Gouge, 26, from Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, reveals how a misdiagnosis of low iron turned into his nightmare cancer and in a prognosis of a few months to live.
Paige suffered from headaches and seizures for several weeks. Her life was completely turned upside down when she was diagnosed in December with glioblastoma brain (grade IV) giving her 1-1.5 years to live.
The tumor in her left frontal lobe led her to surgery, followed by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and freezing of her eggs. Doctors forbade her to drive and stop working. “I know that with my fantastic family and fantastic friends by my side I can get through this. I’m determined to do it for them,” she says according to the Sun newspaper.
As the doctors told her after the surgery this form of cancer is certain to return within the first two years. Her fiancé, Taylor Allen, looked into where Paige could go to be cured of the same disease that killed her father when she was just 6 years old.
The couple found that a specialist pioneering treatment in Germany would open a second door to life for the 26-year-old. But it costs $100,000 (about €93,000) for this reason they started a GoFundMe page to raise the necessary amount.
“The treatment is essentially a personalized vaccine made from parts of my tumor that will help my immune system recognize the foreign cancer cells and destroy them,” says Paige. He adds: “Fortunately, I have some favorable mutations in my tumor that can make this treatment even more effective, which is why we are so confident that this is the best route to take.”
Paige’s brother Ryan Gouge has said he will run the London Marathon next year in a bid to raise money for brain tumor research. “Paige is currently in therapy and someone so young fighting and having faith is an inspiration and I will do my part,” he wrote.
Brain tumor symptoms
A brain tumor is created when brain cells divide and grow in an uncontrolled way.
According to the National Health System of the United Kingdom the symptoms of a brain tumor depend on its severity and on the part of the brain that is affected. However, there are some signs that can ring alarm bells. These are:
- Constant headaches and seizures
- Nausea, vomiting and drowsiness
- Vision or speech problems, paralysis, and even behavioral changes such as difficulty remembering things
(photos from Paige’s Facebook)
Source: News Beast