One of them wrote goodbye to his children, after discovering his “pregnancy headache” was much more sinister.
Dominique Nicholson thinks the pain comes when expecting a baby.
But the then 30-year-old received the shocking news just weeks after giving birth to her second child.
She had headache during and then after pregnancy – with doctors initially thinking the mother had an aneurysm.
But a few weeks after giving birth, they discovered she had a Brain Tumor.
Dominique said: ‘When the doctor explained it was a mass on the brain, I was shocked and very scared.
“My first thought was my girls. I had to watch my daughters grow up. “
The mother, from Bagworth, near Coalville, said she was not worried at first, thinking it was normal during pregnancy.
She explained: “I had a lot of headaches when I was pregnant with my first daughter, Freya.
“So when it comes to headaches with Erin, I don’t care, I assume it’s a combination of the stress of having a baby, work, pregnancy, and general fatigue.
“I mentioned my headaches to my midwife about five times, but she agreed there was no reason to worry and I assumed once I had my baby they would ease.”
As the headache not only continued but got worse, Dominique noticed she was annoyed with the pain behind her eyes.
The doctors then told her that she had grade II meningiomas – a mass on the brain that requires surgery.
She said: “I spent a lot of time crying in the hospital.
“I needed to get everything in order, so I wrote letters, arranged my godparents, and thought about things to help David if something went wrong during the surgery.”
Fortunately, the craniectomy was successful, removing between 97 and 99% of the tumor.
It has left a large scar that runs from the center of her forehead to her ear, but the mother says she is glad she is fine.
“I’m very fortunate to have been treated so quickly and I don’t want to think about what could have happened if I didn’t.
She added: “I would like to warn everyone – but especially mothers and expectant mothers – not to put your health in the end.
“You know your own body and what is normal and if something is wrong prompts an answer.
“My headaches kept coming, I felt nauseous and forgot everything.
“If that sounds like you, please see your doctor.”
Symptoms of a brain tumor depend on its severity and which part of the brain is affected, according to the NHS.
However, there are common signs that people can recognize if they are worried.
These include severe, non-stop headaches, seizures, as well as nausea, vomiting, and drowsiness.
Other signs can include vision or speech problems, paralysis, and even changes in a person’s behavior such as difficulty remembering things.
These symptoms can come on suddenly or develop slowly over time.
You should talk to your doctor if you are concerned.
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