The Matthew Smith Fund is raising funds and awareness inspired by Matthew
Matthew is not only my husband but he is my best friend, when I was told the crushing news that he had a Grade 4 Glioblastoma I knew I wanted to do everything in my power to help which is why I have set up the Matthew Smith fund.
An ambulance was called on the recommendation of NHS 24 as they thought it may be meningitis. He had a CT scan and it was at that point we were told that Matthew had a brain tumour and it was likely our lives would never be the same again.
Matthew was then sent to the Western general in Edinburgh for an MRI scan where it revealed that the tumour was almost a quarter of the size of Matthew's brain. Within a week Matthew went in for surgery to remove the tumour as it was pushing against his optic nerves and things were serious. I cannot even begin to explain the feelings and thoughts running through my head as Matthew was wheeled off for surgery but I knew he would make it out as he is such a strong guy! Five hours later I received a call saying Matthew was up and having a cup of tea. I couldn't believe it!!! We were told he may have problems with his speech and movement on his right side due to the location of the tumour. I rushed to the hospital to find the cheeky chappy asking for extra pudding. I could not quite believe that he was sitting up and feeding himself and smiling. I have never felt so happy and so proud.
A few weeks after Matthew's surgery we got the results from the biopsy of the tumour and we were told it was a grade 4 glioblastoma tumour. Although they had managed to get the majority of the tumour removed we have been told it is likely the tumour will grow back and ultimately the diagnosis is terminal. That was over a year and a half ago.
Thankfully since then Matthew's scans have showed no regrowth and we are remaining extremely positive and living a normal life. I was inspired by Matthew's incredibly upbeat attitude all through his surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. I didn't even hear him complain once and he was always smiling. I am really lucky to have Matthew here with me and I really couldn't imagine my world without him. I know others with brain tumours have not been so fortunate as Matthew which is why I have committed to raise as much money as possible and also why I have become a community ambassador for The Brain Tumour Charity.
Our family and friends have been incredibly generous and supportive and I hope everyone will continue to support this incredible cause.