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Brain tumour survivor Fiona Goldsby pens memoirs of her fight with cancer

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 13, 2012

Word power: Fiona Goldsby was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008 and had surgery in 2010. She has now written a book revealing how she coped and how she has moved on, with proceeds from its sale going to Macmillan Cancer Support Picture: John Jenkins

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What started out as a tingling sensation in Fiona Goldsby's right hand turned out to be her worst nightmare.

After some self-diagnosis on the internet, the mum-of-one thought she had multiple sclerosis. But as time went on, her symptoms got worse and in November 2008 after a series of tests and MRI scans, Mrs Goldsby, 37, became one of 16,000 people each year to be diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Only 15 per cent of females diagnosed with a brain tumour survive beyond five years.

More tests followed and in February 2010, Mrs Goldsby went under the knife to remove the tumour.

"In all honesty, I was more terrified when I was initially diagnosed than when it came to having it removed," said Mrs Goldsby, from Nocton.

"It took a while between diagnosis and surgery because the tumour wasn't active so they left it to start with.

"We didn't tell my son and we managed to keep it all smiles around the house because we didn't want him worrying about it.

"I had one major fit about four weeks after surgery but generally I coped well."

As a result of the tumour, the former Lincolnshire County Council employee had to give up her driving licence, something that she struggled to cope with.

"It was awful. I had to have all the treatment but losing my licence was the bit that had the most impact because that was my independence gone," she said.

While facing her own problems head on, Mrs Goldsby decided she wanted to write a book about her experiences and how she dealt with things in an attempt to help others going through the same.

"I decided while having treatment that I wanted to do this," she said.

"When I was going through this there were no support groups locally.

"So, I wanted to be able to help others and share my story with other people.

"Any help or advice I could give to people going through what I have would make it all worthwhile."

All profits from the book, published by Memoirs and available on Amazon in hard copy or for Kindle, will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Tanya Taylor, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Lincolnshire, said: "It's very generous of Fiona to raise money for Macmillan and we wish her the best of luck with her book."

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