A teenage girl who was told by doctors that she was anorexic discovered months later that she was actually suffering from three rare brain tumours.
Jade Asbury, 19, went back and forth to her GP for months after her periods stopped, her eye sight began to fail and she was going through unexplained weight loss.
It was not until Jade went for a check-up at the opticians after she could not read road signs while driving that they spotted there might be a problem.
It was then discovered that she had three germinoma brain tumours, which only affect ten people a year in the UK.
Jade went through 25 rounds of radiotherapy and will now be on medication for the rest of her life.
She said: “It was back in 2014 I started going to and from the doctors and stuff for different reasons.
“I was really skinny and I didn’t eat a lot, I was constantly tired and in fact I had actually stopped my periods.
“So there was lots of stuff going wrong. I was 17 and I was just about to start driving but I noticed I was struggling to read road signs and I drove over a couple of kerbs too.
“I told my parents that I was really struggling.
“We went to the opticians and had an eye test but they couldn’t get a reading from me so they sent me straight into Addenbrooke’s that afternoon for more tests.
“The opticians there then sent me to Neurology to get scans.
“I had an emergency MRI scan booked for three weeks time but within those three weeks I also had emergency appendicitis.
“I eventually had my scan.
“I also had a biopsy and I then learnt that I had three germinoma brain tumours.
“From there onwards I had 25 sessions of radiotherapy. It was I think 15 on my head and spine and then an extra ten on just my head.
“After my radiotherapy I think about six weeks after I think, I had sepsis. I was in hospital for about a week.
“I’ve just had check-up scans ever since but I’ve been clear from about the end of 2017.
“I will be on medication for life though.
“One of my tumours was pressing on my pituitary gland and I don’t have a lot of it left.”
One of the other tumours pushed on her optic nerve and the third developed on her brain’s frontal part.
Jade was originally told that she was anorexic. She said: “I was suffering with the symptoms probably for a few years.
“My sister suffers with a mental health illness and the doctors thought that my skinniness was due to my reaction to her.
“They had said that I was suffering with anorexia and said that I needed to go to see dieticians.
“I had been going to see the dietician for quite a while and nothing changed. I stuck at about 46 kilos and then when I had my appendix out I went down to about 40 kilos.”
The former agricultural student, from Fordham in Cambridgeshire, has since decided to become an ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity.
She said: “I heard quite a lot about the charity and had been to one of their family days and met quite a few of the ambassadors.
“They said they really enjoyed it and I thought it sounded interesting.
“So I signed up and now I’m a young ambassador trying to help others who have been through a similar sort of thing to me.
“I am trying to help shorten the diagnosis process really. Mine took so long and its not a thing that you kind of want to sit around with. You just want it dealt with there and then.”
Jade had also donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust in February 2017 before her diagnosis.
She is now back working three days a week on a private yard with horses.