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A “selfless” mum-of-three was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour after experiencing symptoms for almost a year. Tara Hussain, 35, suffered from headaches and fatigue for months before doctors discovered what was wrong. She also noticed a swelling in her eye prompting her to attend multiple GP and optician appointments.
However, as these visits prompted no answers Tara, from Middlesbrough, took herself to A&E with a bad “pressure headache”.
While here she was whisked off for several scans, which ultimately led to the diagnosis.
Tara’s sister Jessica, 33, told Teesside Live: “After her visit to A&E on March 9 she was taken straight in for scans as doctors were worried in case her headache was an aneurism, but scans actually showed she had quite a large brain tumour that doctors want to test for cancer.
“They have told Tara that they might not be able to remove it fully as it’s in a difficult place, close to her eye, which is causing her eye to swell, so they might have to just cut it down to relieve the pressure.
“It means Tara may have to live with it long term and cope with it through medication.”
Despite the diagnosis Tara carried on working as a volunteer at the Age UK charity shop in the centre of Middlesbrough for as long as she physically could.
Jessica described her sister as “selfless” and said: “She absolutely loves going to work in the charity shop and spends her days chatting to all the customers who get to know her well but she’s been so poorly that she hasn’t been able to go in for a while.”
A fundraiser has now been launched to help support Tara and her family as she now is unable to work, leaving husband Jamil as the sole breadwinner for the family of five.
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“She’s living a nightmare at the minute and is trying to shield her kids as much as possible so it doesn’t affect their mental health,” Jessica added.
“Jamil has been an amazing support for her and the kids with taking them to school and taking Tara to hospital appointments but it’s meant he’s had to take time away from work which has been difficult on the family financially.
“Tara is my rock and is the most selfless person I’ve ever met.
“She’d help absolutely anyone with anything, so I want her to realise how loved she really is and I hope she can feel the same love that she gives to others.
“She puts everyone above herself and never asks anything of everyone, so now it’s our turn to give something back and help her.”
The fundraising page has already raised more than £1,000 of a £1,500 target.
Commenting on the fundraising page, Tara, wrote: “I’m so thankful for all of the donations so far which will be used to ensure that anytime off required by my husband to accommodate my operation date and recovery time is stress free financially for us.
“Unfortunately before my diagnosis we were like I know many families are living payday to payday blissfully unaware of how difficult things can become at the flip of a switch so we have no plan B.
“We are eternally grateful to everyone for donations and shares which are ensuring we can focus on picking up the pieces and rebuilding ourselves during these crazy days.”
To donate to the fundraiser visit gofundme.com/f/support-tara-and-her-family.
Common symptoms of a brain tumour include:
- Seizures (fits)
- Persistently feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting) and drowsiness
- Mental or behavioural changes, such as memory problems or changes in personality
- Progressive weakness or paralysis on one side of the body
- Vision or speech problems.
If you experience symptoms speak to your GP.
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