Mom Battles Brain Tumor After Breast Cancer
- A mom of three battled a brain tumor after beating breast cancer.
- She was initially misdiagnosed as having bad anxiety; she was throwing up, and experienced dizziness.
- A scan revealed a large growth in her head, and surgeons operated on the tumor. She is now getting radiation.
Capper, who is a police officer, told The Mirror how medics diagnosed her with “really bad anxiety.” She was given beta blockers for high blood pressure.
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Capper’s symptoms grew worse. She started throwing up, so she went to the Emergency Room. At the ER, she got a head scan, which showed a “large growth” at the back of her head. The growth turned out to be a cancerous tumor. Capper was sent to a specialized hospital and the tumor was removed by a team of surgeons there. She will now undergo radiation.
Advocate for Yourself
Capper has her intuition to thank. She says, “If I’d not gone to [the Emergency Room] that day, I’d still be walking around feeling as unwell.”
She continues, “I don’t know how I was managing going to work every day. Up until my head was scanned, it was not possible to know if it was there or not. Unless the doctors were going to have referred me for a scan, this was never going to have ended.”
Whether you are currently fighting cancer or fearing that you might have it, it’s essential to be your own advocate.
When working with your medical team, tell them precisely what you feel and raise anything that may feel off to you. Every symptom should have a plan to address it, and if you feel like you are not being heard, continue to push and seek a second opinion if your concerns are not being addressed.
The only way to know this is to continue to push for answers, telling your medical team exactly what you are experiencing and demanding that you receive the best treatment for your specific situation.
“Every appointment you leave as a patient, there should be a plan for what the doc is going to do for you, and if that doesn’t work, what the next plan is,” Dr. Zuri Murell, director of the Cedars-Sinai Colorectal Cancer Center, told SurvivorNet in a previous interview. “And I think that that’s totally fair. And me as a health professional– that’s what I do for all of my patients.”