After showing signs of what seemed to be"baby brain" a new mother discovered she actually had a terminal tumor in her brain.
According to Yahoo News, 30-year-old Claire Curtis started feeling headaches and fatigue not long after giving birth in February. Thinking it was simply a case of baby brain — a condition characterized by an inability to concentrate, and absent-mindedness that usually occurs during the first months of motherhood — the new mom suffered for weeks until her condition got worse.
“I just felt really drained and thought it was because I'd just given birth to Charlie, so I took myself for naps when I could and tried to get on with it,” says Curtis. "When I started throwing up every morning at 4 a.m., I realized I couldn't ignore it anymore.”
She began waking up in the middle of the night to vomit, and one day, she had trouble making it up the stairs —but her doctor suggested it could be something as simple as vertigo until testes revealed something unusual. The MRI uncovered a grade three malignant brain tumor. Sized similar to an orange, the tumor was terminal, so doctors had to act quick. Unfortunately, despite removing the tumor from her brain, it had already spread to other parts of the body.
This was a blow to Curtis' spirits as doctors believed the Tumor wasn't cancerous. She went through a lot of emotions when she was told the worst possible scenario occurred. Her mind immediately went to her children. Now, Curtis is trying to make the most of the time she has left while she undergoes chemotherapy. With her newborn and a four-year-old — both of whom she shares with her fiance, Tom — her focus is on her family. The two plan to get married next year, on July 20, 2020.
“My diagnosis has showed me every moment is precious,” says Curtis. “My kids and family mean the world to me. I just want them to be happy and to make as many memories as I can.”
Though it's not easy. She's admitted that since her battle began, her family only has one wage coming in as her husband runs a busy golf center. Still, she hopes to take as many holidays as possible while she still can. Her daughters are too young to know exactly what is going on, but her oldest asked about their mother losing hair. The four-year-old a simple explanation, she accepted it and hasn't asked anything since.
Despite all this, however, Curtis is keeping her spirits high. She has to undergo an MRI every three months to see when it will come back, but Curtis says it's entirely possible that she'll still be around for decades.
“I'm young and I've always been healthy so hopefully I'll have another 40-to-50 years, we just don't know,” she says.