A Voyage Around My Brain and Myself

  • Isabella RobbinsEmail author


My story of being diagnosed with a low-grade glioma includes the social, psychological, emotional and physical challenges of living with a primary brain tumour. Each of these challenges can be seen in isolation, except each has an impact on the others. My life changed dramatically after the diagnosis on the 20 March 2008. After my diagnosis, surgery and a period of stability, this situation has changed. Seven years on, the start of epilepsy and the tumour recurring have overwhelmingly changed my condition. The tumour growing and becoming inoperable has resulted in having radical radiotherapy. The next phase is the control of symptoms. Through this I have learnt about life and myself. Most of all I have learnt to seize the day.


Low-grade glioma Epilepsy Radiotherapy Management of symptoms Living with a brain tumour Fatigue 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Addenbrooke’s HospitalCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustCambridgeshireUK

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