A mum who was found to have a tumour the size of a golf ball after doctors diagnosed her with hay fever has raised more than £20,000 for charity.
Suzanne Davies began suffering from regular headaches last year shortly before her 36th birthday, as well as forgetting everyday words.
When she went to her doctor she was first told she was suffering from hay fever, but her symptoms continued to persist and she went back for another check-up.
And within two hours she was sent to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for scans which discovered she had a tumour the “size of a golf ball” in the speech part of her brain.
A week later, Suzanne underwent surgery to remove the tumour, and even chose to stay awake during the six-hour surgery so surgeons could monitor her brain functions.
The 37-year-old, from Newtonhill, near Aberdeen, said: “As soon as I was given this option I knew straight away it was what I wanted to do.
“I wanted to give myself the best outcome, I wanted to still be able to read our kids bedtime stories and do homework with them.
“The surgery went well, and although the tumour will never be gone completely, it was a good result and I’m recovering well.”
Suzanne, who is married to Owen, and has two children, Max, eight, and Lauren, five, will have to undergo regular checks to ensure the mass does not regrow to its original size.
And she is now focusing on raising as much money as possible for the Brain Tumour Charity.
So far, with the help of her family and friends, she has managed to raise £20,834 during the last eight months.
Husband Owen, 42, even took part in the Tough Mudder event over the weekend.
“The diagnosis couldn’t have come at a worse time, my youngest was starting school, my sister was getting married and I was her maid of honour.
“Five weeks before the diagnosis my life was normal, and then I got my headaches and began forgetting words. It just came on so quickly.”
“You could sit in the corner and cry about these things or get up and get on, and that was how I dealt with it.
“I stayed really positive and just didn’t let it enter my mind that things would be anything other than fine.
“My husband and family have been amazing and so supportive. To raise £20,000 in eight months is amazing, we’re delighted.
“The majority of people want to help and the response we’ve had is overwhelming.
“I just look at the kids and see how lucky I am with my husband, family and friends, and am living life the best I can.”