A woman who was diagnosed with a brain tumour following a routine eye test is piecing her life back together after undergoing emergency surgery.
Melly Buckley, 44, was initially diagnosed with the tumour in September after suffering from excruciating migraines.
Doctors told the Tesco worker they believed the mass was benign and could have spent the last 10 years growing inside her head, and referred her to her local hospital to have it removed.
Melly Buckley, 44, was initially diagnosed with the tumour in September after suffering from excruciating migraines (Picture: Daily Post /Melly Buckley)But surgeons only found out the true size of the tumour after cutting her head open ‘from ear to ear’, and had to close her up and rush her into a MRI scanner.
After finding out the mass was filling a third of her head, they rushed her in for an emergency eight-hour procedure to remove the grapefruit-size tumour growing on her brain.
British hitchhiker raped in Portugal but attacker walks free from courtHad it been left another week, the tumour, which Melly, from Flint, Wales, has named ‘Roger’, would have claimed her life.
Doctors acted so quickly in an attempt to save her life that she wasn’t even aware medics had needed to open up her head twice.
The mother-of-one, who also works as a town councillor, met with a neuropsychologist at Brain Injury Wales in Holywell last week, who showed her an image of ‘Roger’ for the first time.
Doctor’s opened her head up from ‘ear to ear’ (Picture: Daily Post /Melly Buckley)
The tumour covered one third of her brain and took eight-hours to remove (Picture: Daily Post /Melly Buckley)She said: It was fascinating – it covered one third of my head. When they explained it had grown to the size of a grapefruit at the time, it was hard to put that into ratio. It was really, really big.
‘I’d never seen a picture of it before, it was surreal. I do feel really lucky.’
Now, three months on from her ordeal, she is learning to live with the ‘inevitable’ side effects of the medical ordeal.
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‘I have also been experiencing short term memory loss since the operation, which can be quite frustrating.
‘It’s every day things that make me more emotional, like watching a film or if somebody says kind words to me.
‘I didn’t used to be a crier at all, so it’s something I am coming to terms with, I do find it quite uncomfortable at times. It’s something to be understood, but because I’m prone to crying, it doesn’t always mean I need sympathy.
Now Melly is learning to live with the changes to her brain (Picture: Daily Post /Melly Buckley)‘Depression is a common side effect of this kind of operation, which I have experienced mildly since my op.
‘It’s important I keep on top of my mental health to make sure it’s all OK. Mental health is not something I am ashamed of – it does more damage to keep everything to yourself.
‘People have been telling me that crying is good, so I’m giving it a bit of a whirl.’
Having already returned back to work, her aim now is to begin rebuilding her life.
‘I tell myself now, if you want to do something, then just do it and don’t let anything hold you back,’ she added.
‘If I want to drink Champagne on a night out now, then I will. The only person holding you back in life is yourself.
‘And I would say, be nicer to people because you never really know what others are going through.’