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Esme's story

Friday 28 September 2018

Losing a parent to a brain tumour is a devastating event. One of our supporters, 23-year-old Esme, has been through this ordeal twice, having lost both her mum and dad to the most aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma. She's now taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2019 for us, raising awareness and funds to help combat this truly awful disease.

I was six when we lost my mother to a brain tumour. I was tiny when she died, so my memories of her are a bit blurry. I do remember her playing with me in the garden and singing nursery rhymes with me in the car.

I rushed home and we were given the diagnosis – he had two tumours, both quite large. It was very sudden. He was given a prognosis of three months, and initially he was still pretty much himself. But before he could start treatment he deteriorated rapidly. He got worse day by day.

That was a horrible week. I was still trying to finish my dissertation by the deadline. I wanted to be able to tell my dad I'd finished it, which I was so glad I managed to do before he died in September 2017.

Any time I have a doubt or wobble, or think 'can I actually do this?', I just think about the potential good I can do. That's my biggest driver. And I've got my mum and dad in my memories, too – I want to do it for them.