My name is Lauren Monaghan, and I live in Ballymoney. I was diagnosed with a craniopharyngioma when I was 12 years old. I had 2 surgeries, the second leaving me with multiple life-altering conditions (including a stroke) and I now have to take a mountain of tablets daily!
Having proton therapy in America has kept my tumour stable and I’m very thankful to my Mum, who is my carer, and to St Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital, Memphis who looked after me through my clinical trials.
I struggled through my school years due to lethargy, illness and brain fog, but I managed to achieve my A-levels and am now 23, studying Computer Science at Magee!
Brainwaves has given me the opportunity to meet people who have had similar experiences and I have made a lot of friends as a result. I appreciate their committment to fund brain tumour research and support patients and families who have been through a brain tumour diagnosis.
I joined the committee as I saw the brilliant work they are doing and I know what it’s like to go through a brain tumour diagnosis from a young person’s perspective, so I’m happy to help anyone who would like to talk.