WHEN mom Emma Williams noticed a change in her daughter’s left eye, she remembered to mention the change during her baby’s next routine checkup.
But what the 37-year-old considers this lazy eye is much more sinister.
A few days after her GP appointment, two-year-old Peggy started developing ptosis, which is her upper eyelid drooping and her eyes not moving.
Her parents then insisted on an in-person appointment with their GP in Corsham, Wiltshire.
Peggy was then referred to the Royal United Hospital in Bath, where doctors investigated what had caused the change in her eye.
They found no problem with her vision, and Peggy then had to have an MRI.
The results showed that Peggy had a small tumor on the tip of the optic nerve.
The family had 5 months of MRI scans and Peggy also had a lumbar puncture to drain excess fluid, and an unsuccessful course of steroids to try to shrink the tumor.
Peggy also had to undergo a 10 and a half hour surgery at Bristol Children’s Hospital.
The surgeons were unable to remove the tumor because of its size and location, and were only able to take a biopsy.
In August 2021, Peggy was diagnosed with a low-grade meningioma.
A meningioma (pronounced men-in-gee-oh-ma) is a tumor that develops in a set of three membranes just inside the skull, called the meninges, says Brain Tumor Charity.
Low-grade tumors are serious and refer to grade 1 or 2 tumors that are usually slow growing.
Mum-of-four Emma is now looking to raise awareness about the condition and help others who may be going through a similar situation.
She is participating in the Brain Tumor Research 10,000 Steps Daily Challenge in February.
Emma said as she looked at Peggy, ‘you wouldn’t know what was wrong with her’.
She said: “She was the most independent and vibrant kid – always causing chaos in the hospital ward and running around in the corridors.
“The first six months were terrible because we weren’t diagnosed. As time went on, we were slowly figuring out what we were dealing with.
Need to know: brain tumors and vision problems
One in three people with a brain tumor have vision problems either due to the tumor or from its treatment.
Visual difficulties may include:
- Partial or total loss of vision
- Double look
- Sensitive to light
- Paralyzed facial skin and dry eyes
- Abnormal eye movements
These vision difficulties may be caused by: the location of the tumor, swelling of the optic disc, pressure on the optic nerve, or the effects of treatment, Brain Tumor Charity.
“What we’ve had to deal with as a family for the past five years has been incredibly difficult and I’ve had support for anxiety and depression.”
Emma explains that walking around gives her time to reflect on everything their family has endured.
She added: “Joining this challenge is so important to us as a family to help others who may be going through something similar.
”If we can help even a small amount and raise awareness that’s all we can ask for. “
Mel Tiley, director of community development at Brain Tumor Research, said: “We’re sorry to hear of Peggy’s diagnosis and what the family has been through over the past few years, and we wish them all the best. during Peggy’s treatment.
“It’s incredible that Emma is using the February 10,000 Steps Daily Challenge to support others who may be going through a similar situation.”
So far Emma has raised over £300 for charity.
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