Lincolnshire brain tumour woman Fiona Goldsby attends parliamentary event to raise awareness of condition
A woman from Lincolnshire who has battled a brain tumour represented a national brain tumour charity at a parliamentary event to urge MPs to increase awareness of the symptoms of brain tumours in children and young people.
Fiona Goldsby, of Nocton, was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2008.
The HeadSmart campaign, launched by the Brain Tumour Charity, aims to get MPs to take action to bring down brain tumour diagnosis times, reduce long-term disability and ultimately, save lives.
The event was also attended by Lincoln MP Karl McCartney and Sleaford and North Hykeham MP Stephen Phillips.
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Mrs Goldsby, who attended the event with her husband Roy, said: "Since being diagnosed with a brain tumour and going through all the treatments myself I have found I'm not alone.
"It sounds sad but at least I have had some life, children don't.
"I have met some wonderful people who have lost children to this vile condition through poor or delayed diagnosis.
"I feel strongly that earlier diagnosis could save lives and a lot of heartbreak.”
31 MPs signed a pledge to support the campaign.
Neil Dickson, vice chair of The Brain Tumour Charity, said: “It took 9 months for my daughter Samantha to be diagnosed with a brain tumour.
"Having received many calls from parents who experienced similar delays, my wife Angela and I strongly believed that more had to be done to reduce the time taken for a diagnosis.
"That is why The Brain Tumour Charity started the HeadSmart campaign together with our partner organisations, who are all leaders in this field.
"Tragically this comes too late for Samantha, but by increasing the awareness of symptoms among parents and healthcare professionals, it doesn’t need to be too late for others.”