I just want to tell you about a scary chapter of my life. My name is Sally Lennon. I am 33 years old.
I have been ever since I was a baby dealing with hydrocephalus which is fluid on the brain, I have had numerous operations with inserting shunts so the fluid flows by itself and having regular check-ups by a neurosurgeon.
Last year I went for my regular checkup, had an MRI done, like I do every few years.
On this occasion my doctor looked at the scan and said "something is not right here".
He told me there is a tumour in the centre of my brain (thalamus).
I sat there numb, I had lost weight, I was feeling the best I have ever felt, how could this be happening?
I went back to work in the mines the following day to try make myself feel normal, it wasn't working.
I had to wait for my doctor to tell me how he was going to go about the operation.
The phone call come.
It was told to me I had to have open brain surgery to grab a biopsy to find out what exactly it was.
The day arrived – August 19, 2016.
I flew to Adelaide and my beautiful friend Jade had just had her first baby, he was just six-weeks-old and she flew with me.
My partner soon come after as he has a son to look after.
I didn't really know what the operation was going to do to me, I was given a certificate from my surgeon for three months.
I am a contractor so no sick leave, annual leave etc.
I went in for surgery, six hours it went for.
The operation went well, he got as much of the tumour out as he could given the area of it. It went in for testing.
I could not see very well, the operation had damaged my vision, my head was wrapped up like a mummy.
I was telling the nurse to take my bandage off as it was too tight, but really it was because my skull had been cut open. Haha.
I love my photography so when I got out of hospital it was extremely hard to see through to focus.
I did it though, my mum was there to tell me where a bee was so I focused it and pressed the button.
I wasn't letting this stop me from what I love doing.
In the coming weeks I raised $1700 towards the neurosurgical research foundation, that was an effort to set up my page, I had he help of my mum.
I walked for the City to Bay (6km) in Adelaide in September with my brother and my mum.
My doctor was surprised I did it so soon after the surgery.
Today I am still struggling with my vision and I have regular checkups to monitor the growth of the tumour which is not benign.
I want people to please get check-ups by your GP and if they see anything that needs to be checked out do it. I was lucky mine was caught when it was.
I am raising for cure brain cancer, I have friends and family who have lost people with this horrible disease. I have been lucky so far.
I am going to do the best I can at the 12km run, I have been training for it.
To support Sally’s fundraising efforts, you can visit: everydayhero: https://hbfrun2017.everydayhero.com/au/sally-4