This page has been set up by Mia’s friends for those who know Mia or those who are inspired by her story to donate to a fund that will allow her to live life to the fullest since her cancer diagnosis.
Mia is a beautiful, kind, funny (I could go on for a while but you get the picture…) 24 year old who is loved by everyone she meets. Life hasn’t always been so easy for Mia, especially over the past few years.
In 2018 Mia started to suffer from regular migraines, vertigo and hearing loss. She suspected Ménière’s disease and the GP sent her for a MRI scan on her head to inspect her ear canal. Shockingly, the MRI showed that Mia had an ‘indeterminate lesion’ in her left temporal lobe (the front left side of her brain) which controls speech, language, memories and recognition ability. Drs suspected a Tumour but to confirm this Mia needed a biopsy. However, it was decided that at that time a biopsy was too high risk due to the location. Instead, Mia was put on an agonising ‘watch and wait’ treatment plan, undergoing a MRI every 6 months to see if the lesion had grown or changed.
Two years later in October 2020, Mia was told that her latest MRI sadly confirmed that the ‘lesion’ was a brain tumour and that it had started to grow, this meant she needed to undergo surgery to have as much removed as possible. At this point it was decided that the risks of surgery were lower than the possible risks of allowing the tumour to continue to grow.
In February 2021 Mia bravely endured an awake craniotomy to remove as much of her tumour as possible. This was an 8 hour surgery and Mia was completely awake. Mia had to put her life in the hands of her surgeon but there were no doubts in her mind that she needed to do this to give herself the best chance at living a full life. Mia was amazing, as were the talented surgical team at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital who managed to remove the entire tumour. Speaking on behalf of those who know and love Mia we couldn’t have been more proud of her. The next step was to then send tumour for genetic testing.
Nothing could have prepared us or Mia for the results of the testing. We thought she had survived the worst of but sadly the tumour that was removed was an astrocytoma, genetically it is Glioblastoma Multiforme Grade 4. GBM is the most aggressive brain tumour that there is. Although one tumour has been removed, due to the genetic nature of Mia’s diagnosis, other tumours will grow.
The average survival time is 12-18 months - only 25% of glioblastoma patients survive more than one year, and only 5% of patients survive more than five years. Mia is only 24 years old, Mia has not lived a full life. She has never seen her favourite performer live, or had the opportunity to travel the world. She has never owned a home, been married or had a child. She doesn’t have the luxury of saying ‘one day’ or ‘I’ll worry about that when I’m older’. Sadly, Mia just doesn’t have ‘all the time in the world’.
Mia has now started radiotherapy and chemotherapy, which she will continue until the end of year. This is an effort to slow down the regrowing tumour(s) and to kill any cancerous cells which may remain.
Whilst Mia is fighting we want to make her life as special as possible. There are some things Mia will never get the chance to do but we want to make sure that she can make as many memories as possible! We are sharing Mia’s story because we need as much help as we can to do this.
‘Mia’s fun fund’ gratefully accepts all donations small or large, everything is appreciated. We thank you in advance, it really does mean the world to us and to Mia.
Lots of love, Mia’s friends x
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