A young mum-of-two has died after painful migraines turned out to be an incurable brain tumour.
Hettie Galway 28, was given only six months to live after the heartbreaking diagnosis.
Last year she said she would feel sick, become forgetful and suffer with blurred vision – often having to spend days in bed, unable to go to work.
After numerous visits to her GP in 2017, she was told by doctors her symptoms were “just migraines”, the Liverpool Echo reports.
When the pain worsened the Liverpool mum, who has two children Daniel, 6, and Epona, 4, sought another opinion.
After a CT and MRI scan, Hettie was given the tragic news that she had a grade three brain tumour.
Following the devastating diagnosis, she underwent operations, a biopsy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
But in August last year, a routine check revealed a new and aggressive tumour was growing on her brain stem.
The mum-of-two was told, alongside her loved ones, that “nothing could be done” and that she only had three to six months to live.
Hettie died on April 22 this year, leaving husband David and their two children heartbroken.
Before she died, David said they were able to spend several days out as a family to create some lasting memories.
He said: “We did go to Blackpool and Gulliver’s World.
“We had a few moments but it was a bit difficult with Covid and lockdown after lockdown.
“She was happy from what I could see. I’m glad we could spend that time we did have, even though it was short.
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“Towards the end of last summer she started having difficulty in terms of walking and her balance. Eventually she was using the wheelchair – it was a slow, degrading process really.”
Describing his wife’s health degeneration he said: “The way I see it, it wasn’t really fair for her to be in that hospital bed all day every day not being able to eat or drink.
“In my view she’s at peace. I’ve just had to get on with it for the kids at the end of the day.”
David, who is now busy looking after the couple’s children, is retraining as a personal trainer with the aim of helping others who have experienced the death of a partner like he has.
He said: “Over a year I was just binge eating constantly and running myself down. Just feeling sorry for myself really.
“The first few months after she passed away, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do as I had to leave my previous job as well.
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“Because I’m training as a person trainer I thought if I’m going to qualify as that, maybe delivering something just for people who’ve gone through the same thing as me, to try and get them on the right track again.”
David aims to help others coping with grief to improve their physical health and diet, as well as linking his work to charities that specialise in talk based therapies, adding: “It’s still in early development but the website, widowinitiative.com, is now up and running.”
After his wife’s death he said he wanted to emphasise the importance for anyone experiencing migraines as a constant problem to change their doctor or to seek a second opinion.