How many of us would have the strength or resolve to keep a diary from the moment we are diagnosed with a rare brain tumour? Probably not many, yet this is exactly what brain tumour survivor Claire Bullimore did when diagnosed at aged 25 after collapsing on her daily train commute into London. Following recovery, she turned the diary into what is now a best-selling book ‘A Brain Tumour’s Travel Tale’.
The book follows her story from diagnosis through surgery and then recovery, and Bullimore is now completing a challenge to visit 28 cities across the UK to reach as many brain tumour sufferers, survivors, their families, and friends as possible to raise awareness of this devastating condition.
Visiting 28 cities in 5 months may not sound like a huge challenge, but for Bullimore, who lives in Croydon, it is a massive undertaking as she continues to struggle with health problems associated with the tumour, including chronic fatigue, poor eyesight, and hyperacusis (difficulty tolerating every day sounds). She is unable to drive and will be relying on public transport to get her around on the tour, and is hoping ‘the crowd’ will help as she launches a crowdfunding campaign to cover her costs. She explains:
“My book is not an easy read. It shows the true emotions and hardships of having a brain tumour, surgery, recovery, and the scars both inside and out but I so desperately want people to know that it is possible to be more than just a survivor of a brain tumour, that you can have a life again.
I am using crowdfunding to raise enough money to pay for my travel and accommodation on the tour, because it’s such a great way to get people involved and raise awareness.”
Bullimore is working with several Brain Tumour charities in the UK to reach sufferers, survivors, their families, and friends, on the UK tour, and is determined to share her story and show what can be achieved even with life changing situations such as having a brain tumour.
In the UK, more than 16,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year, and it’s the biggest cancer killer of UK children and adults under 40, yet receives less than 1% of the national spend on cancer research.
About Claire Bullimore
Claire lives in Croydon, and was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour (an ‘intraventricular meningioma’) in 2008 aged just 25. Her book A Brain Tumour's Travel Tale was written from the diary she kept from diagnosis through surgery and recovery. It is currently #7 in the Amazon bestsellers rank on Kindle in ‘Neurosurgery’
Claire presents a weekly show on Croydon Radio dedicated to people affected by a brain tumour, and runs the Aunty M Brain Tumours support network with a growing community of more than 13,000 people at www.facebook.com/
About brain cancer research
The figures stated in this release are confirmed by research from the Brain Tumour Research Charity, established in 2008. More information, research, and statistics can be found at www.braintumourresearch.org
Claire’s Crowdfunding campaign
Claire is crowdfunding on Crowdfunder and has to reach her target of £5200 to be successful. Her campaign video and progress can be viewed at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/
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